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Environmental pollution caused by Ganesh Chaturthi festival

Widespread campaigns are already on for an eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival but still a large section of the society are unaware of the pollution and environmental damage caused by Plaster of Paris idols and chemical paints. Some large Ganesha Pandal committees, to attract maximum crowd conveniently forget the environmental impact caused by the idols. The main pollution is caused by the Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols and the chemical paints used in them.
Plaster of Paris (POP) is not a naturally occurring material and contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to dissolve in water and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and seas. The chemical paints used to decorate the Ganesh idol contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water. Several accessories used during the Ganesh Puja like Thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor and numerous other materials a…

Comic Book on Lord Shiva from Virgin Comics

Shiva is the fifth comic book in Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic series from Virgin Comics. Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic describes Lord Shiva as the most enigmatic and iconic deities in the Hindu pantheon. He is called the great destroyer and the god of gods. Lord Shiva comics will be released on September 19.Deepak Chopra’s India Authentic series based on characters from Hindu Mythology is noted for its high quality illustration. About Shiva Comic from Virgin comicsSatyam – I am the truth that remains when you peel away the material facade from all existence. Shivam – I am the essence of all matter in the universe.Sundaram – I am the ultimate order that underlies the chaos your senses perceive.When the Gods and the Demons sign and uneasy truce to churn the primordial ocean for ambrosial nectar that bestows immortality, they discover a deadly toxin which threatens to destroy all life in the universe. Only Shiva is powerful enough to withstand the effects of the toxin, but can he sa…

South Indian Style Hindu Temple in Arizona

South Indian Hindus living in Arizona, United States, is building a $1.5 million Hindu temple in South Indian Dravidian style. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is called the Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona. The temple will also have separate sanctum sanctorum for Lord Shiva, Goddesses Parvathi, Lord Balaji, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Subramanya and Navagrahas. The groundbreaking ceremony of the temple was held on Thursday, August 23 2007. The temple will be true to the Dravidian style of temple architecture and will be similar to the temples found in Tamil Nadu, India. The design of the temple is based on the 10th century Chola temples in South India.The first phase of the temple is expected to be completed in 12 to 14 months. In the first phase, the 7,600 square feet main temple, towers (Raja Gopuram and Vimana structures), sanctum sanctorum (Garbagrahas), parking spaces and roadways will be completed.More details about the upcoming temple and about sponsoring or donating to t…

Quotes on Sri Krishna

Krishna is an avatar of perfect love. The word Krishna is derived from ‘akarshana’ which means attraction. So the name itself signifies that Krishna is the Supreme Truth, manifest in human form, to attract the whole world towards Him. Swami RamdasWe sing the glory of Sri Krishna, who is all truth, all consciousness and all bliss, who is responsible for the creation, sustenance and destruction of the universe, and who puts an end to the threefold agony: those agonies having their origin in one's own body or mind; those inflicted by other creatures; and those having their source in natural calamities.
Padma Purana