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Ramachandra Ajja on Who am I?

Who is that energy, that power? What is the source of that? Who am I? What is my source? I am that energy. I am that power which is my source. So when I go to search for the source of this ‘I,’ I reach that self-illumination. Then this power that is existing in this body, residing in this body, is also arising from that self-illumination itself. And it has all the qualities and nature of That itself. So when I know this, I start evolving. This ‘I’ starts evolving to become That itself. That is its nature. Total expansion is its nature.Ramachandra Ajja(Source: From an interview to Andrew Cohen in 'What is Enlightenment Magazine')(Ramchandra Bhat Nettar, also known as ‘Puttur Ajja’ was a preacher of Advaita philosophy.)

Swaminarayan Temple in Bay Area Milpitas, San Jose, California

The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Milpitas, California, houses 14 idols of various Hindu deities, and a golden statue of Lord Swaminarayan. All the idols were hand-made in Rajasthan, India. The Mandir is located at 25 Corning Ave, Milpitas, CA. Murthi Pratishtha or installation of the idols in the temple were carried out on September 8, 2007.The Address, Telephone number and Location of San Jose Swaminarayan Mandir on Google mapsBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
25 Corning Ave,
Milpitas, CA95035. USA
Tel: (1-408) 262 0707
Fax: (1-408) 262 1022

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa on how he experienced mother goddess

When I jumped up like a madman…, suddenly the blessed Mother revealed herself. The buildings with their different parts, the temple, and everything vanished from my sight, leaving no trace whatsoever, and in their stead I saw a limitless, infinite, effulgent Ocean of Consciousness. As far as the eye could see, the shining billows were madly rushing at me from all sides with a terrific noise, to swallow me up. I was caught in the rush and collapsed, unconscious… within me there was a steady flow of undiluted bliss, altogether new, and I felt the presence of the Divine Mother. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa(Source: Ramakrsna Kathamrta translated by Swami Nikhilananda as The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.)

Thai Ganesha idol from Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

The Ganesha figurine from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store or The Met Store is a reproduction of the Thai original ‘Seated Ganesha’ statue from the 15th century. The Met Store creates reproductions of original sculptures which are part of Museum’s collection. The limited edition (400 pieces) Thai bonded bronze idol is hand patinated (the chemical process by which a patina forms) and costs $300.The Ganesha idol is seated in a cross-legged yogic posture on a raised pedestal with a decorated molding. The statue will be available in India at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store in New Delhi.The price of this Met Store Ganesha is comparatively less when considering the costly Lladro ($900) and Lenox ($2000) Ganesha idols.

Book on when was Lord Ram Born?

Lord Ram was born on the noon of January10 in the year 5114 BC. In Hindu calendar, it was the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in Chaitra month. Stunned! Well, this exact date of the birthday of Lord Rama is found in the book ‘Dating the Era of Lord Ram’ by Shri Pushkar Bhatnagar. The exact date was obtained by entering the planetary configuration at the time of the birth of Lord Ram as mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana in Planetarium Software. Interestingly, for thousands of years Hindus have been celebrating Ram Navmi, the birthday of Lord Ram, exactly on the same time and date.In the original Sanskrit Ramayana written by Sage Valmiki, while mentioning about the birth of Lord Ram, Valmiki had mentioned the astronomical details of the precise moment. Valmiki himself was present in the palace of Dasaratha and he mentions it thus in Bala Kanda of Ramayana. On completion of the ritual six seasons have passed by and then in the twelfth month, on the ninth day of chaitra month when the presidi…

Ram Sethu Issue brings forth the Pseudo Secularism in Indian Political Parties

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s remarks on Lord Ram and Ram Vilas Vedanti announcing bounty on Karunanidhi's head has given an ugly and violent turn to the Ram Sethu Controversy. Instead of condemning Karunanidhi and Vedanti, mainstream political parties in India and regional political parties who have representatives in the Cabinet and Parliament have remained silent on the issue. This once again clearly demonstrates the pseudo secularist attitude of Indian Political Parties. When the Central government submitted an affidavit stating there was No Lord Ram, some of the partners in the UPA coalition like Lalu Prasad Yadav came out against the affidavit and the government immediately withdrew it. As expected, the Communist Parties (CPI-M and CPI and numerous other splinter communist groups) – always in the forefront on demanding action against Hindu groups for their fundamentalist actions – supported the affidavit.Unnecessary comments by Karunanidhi like ‘No Lord Ram’, ‘wh…

Lord Vishnu’s Symbols Shankh Chakra Gada and Padma as Management Tools

An interesting article in The Economic Times discusses about using Lord Vishnu’s symbols Shankh (conch-shell), Chakra (discus), Gada (maze) and Padma (lotus) as management tools. Shankh was used by warriors to primarily communicate one’s resolve and intention. The Shankh thus reiterates that a leader should be an effective communicator – your team must know who you are, what your capabilities are, what your vision is and what you expect them to do, and why and how this will help in achieving your final objective.According to the author, the chakra can be viewed as a symbol of review; and gada (maze) and padma (lotus) are symbols of punishment and reward. The mace is like a teacher’s ruler, to punish those who do not do what they are supposed to do. The lotus rich with nectar and pollen that attracts bees and butterfly is for those who do what they are supposed to do and more.The use of ‘Shankh’ symbol as a management tool is interesting but the other three sounds far fetched. The we…

World’s Tallest Ganesha Idol in Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Ever wondered which is the tallest and the biggest Ganesh Statue? The 66-feet Chinmaya Ganadhish idol in Kolhapur is at present considered to be the tallest Ganesha idol in the world. The idol sits on 24-feet Dhyana Nilayam (raised platform). Thus the statue is 90 feet from the ground level. This tall Ganapati is a permanent statue unlike the idols created during Ganesh Chaturthi.

The Khairatabad Ganesha, usually more than 40 feet, was considered to be the world’s tallest Ganesh Chaturthi idol but it an idol in Vijayawada for Ganesh Chaturthi 2009 at 58 feet is now the tallest Vinayaka Chaturthi idol.

(Click on the image for a larger view) Sculptured as mentioned in the Shastras (scriptures), the Ganesh idol is made up of concrete (cement) and weighs around 800 metric tonnes. The idol was completed in 18 months and nearly 50 skilled workers were involved in the construction along with scores of Chinmaya volunteers and Ganesha devotees. The statue was erected in November 2001 to commemora…

No Ram by Karunanidhi cannot erase Ram from people’s mind

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s statements like "Who is this Ram? From which engineering college he graduated?" should be ignored. There is no point in indulging in violence over the irresponsible comments of a Chief Minister. He is cleverly trying to divide the nation over the Ram Sethu issue. Hindus should not fall for it. His aim is to create a divide between the North and South.No damage can be done to Lord Ram by such statements. If any damage is taking place, it is in the hearts of the believers. Learn more about Hinduism or Santana Dharma and we will realize that the one who insults and the one feeling insulted all are the same. Brahman is there in Karunanidhi, you, me and in all animate and inanimate. This is the teaching of Hinduism and this is why it is referred as most intellectually-sophisticated religions, for those who want to describe it as a religion. For many it is not a religion but a way of life.All the people creating trouble and indulging in viol…

Hindu Women in Britain Dismissed For Wearing Nose Stud

Amrit Lalji, a HeathrowAirport worker in Londo, has been dismissed for wearing a nose stud. Amrit wore the tiny piercing as a mark of her Hindu faith but a manager, at caterers Eurest, suddenly found it objectionable as jewelry can harbor bacteria and find its way into the food people eat. She was wearing the stud at work for quite sometime and Eurest hard no problem , until a manager suddenly found ‘bacteria with naked eyes’ – in fact the nose stud worn by Amrit is so small that we can hardly detect it on her photo in BBC news. Last year, Eurest had dismissed a Christian woman for wearing a cross but had to reinstate her after protest from clerics. Amrit had produced a letter from her local Hindu community to support her case. The problem here is not bacteria in food or the nose stud. Some people cannot tolerate or respect other religions and beliefs. Before checking bacteria in food, such people should change their mindset. The nose stud can be cleaned but sadly, no detergent is ava…

Complete Works of Sri Narayana Guru – A Timeless Kerala Warrior against Caste

While fighting against the Caste System in Hinduism, many opt for the easiest option, condemn and reject all the teachings of Sanatana Dharma, and take refuge in some other religion. But there have been several champion social reformers who realized that the caste system is a creation of selfish-minded people and is not part of core teachings of Sanatana Dharma. One such social reformer was Sri Narayana Guru (1854-1928), who brought about revolutionary change in Kerala by organizing the lower caste people. His motto was one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the Brahman concept in Hinduism.When some unenlightened Brahmins objected to Sri Narayana Guru worshipping a Shiva lingam, he immediately retorted I am not worshipping a Brahmin Shiva but an Ezhava Shiva. He represented mainly the Ezhava caste in Kerala. He cleaned the dirt accumulated on the universal messages in Sanatana Dharma and wrote hymns and built new temples.National Book Trust has brought out the complete works of Sr…

Pune Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh

The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati in Pune is one of the oldest Sarvajanik Ganpati Mandal in the country. Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh is a unique idol and attracts maximum visitors in Pune during the 10-day festival. The Dagdusheth Halwai style Ganesha is of great demand in Pune and idols makers often find it difficult to meet the needs of devotees.

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesha has a history of more than hundred years and is participating in the Ganeshotsav from 1893 – the year Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak introduced the massive public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust helps in setting up and guiding Ganesh mandals in several places in Maharashtra. The mandals associated with Dagdusheth Ganesh conduct ‘arati’ at the same time across Maharashtra.

Tirupati Venkateswara Temple the Most Visited Place of Worship in the World

The TirupatiTirumalaVenkateswaraTemple is the most visited place of worship in the world reports NDTV. The report compares Tirupati with Vatican. The average number of visitors in a year to TirupatiBalajiTemple is 19 million. According a report in New York Times, Vatican recorded just 4.2 million visitors in 2006. The Brahmotsavam which is beginning on September 15 is expected attract a million visitors to Tirupati. On a normal day TirupatiBalajiTemple receives 50,000 to 100,000 visitors and during weekends and public holidays it is more than 100,000.Tirupati is also one of the richest temples in the world with an estimated annual income of 7.5 billion rupees. Perhaps, Tirupati is the richest place of worship in the world.Each day, the hundi collection in Tirupati is breaking existing records. On September 10, the hundi collection was more than 20 million rupees. Another major source income to the temple is from the hair offered by devotees. The sale of human hair is expected to fet…

No Lord Ram – Only a Myth says Indian Government

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of India on the Sethusamudram project, the Congress-led UPA government in India has questioned the existence of Lord Ram and has said he is a mere mythical character. The Indian Central Government to the Supreme Court “…contents of the Valmiki Ramayana, the Ramcharitamanas by Tulsidas and other mythological texts… cannot be said to be historical record to incontrovertibly prove the existence of the characters, or the occurrence of the events, depicted therein.”The statement was given by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) on behalf of the Central Government.In simple terms, the statement of the Congress-led UPA government says that Lord Ram and other Hindu gods are not real. Several countries around the world witnessed large-scale riots over a cartoon badly depicting a Prophet. Thanks to the Hindus, who to a large extend has not taken to religious fundamentalism, there was peace in India after such a blasphemous statement.The government of In…

Lord Ram’s Bridge Issue

In the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram and his monkey army on a mission to save Sita builds a bridge, Ram Sethu, to cross into Lanka. For thousands of years, Ram Sethu remained a Hindu myth and occasionally there were discussions on its existence, especially during the British period. The British called it the Adam’s bridge. Then one fine morning NASA came up with a picture showing a bridge like structure in Palk Strait. But NASA never claimed it was manmade. But a large section of Hindus believe it was built y Lord Ram and Vanarsena (Monkey army).Presently, ships coming from India’s west coast have to navigate around Sri Lanka to reach India’s east coast. From the time of the British, there were discussions to build a canal to link the PalkBay with the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka. This will provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian peninsula. The NDA government introduced the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project, which proposed to link the PalkBay with the Gu…

First Hindu State School in Britain to Open Next Year in Edgware

The first HinduStatePrimary School in Britain planned by the I-Foundation, a Hindu group, is all set to open in Edgware next September. At present there are no Hindu faith schools in Britain, while most other faiths have one. Hindu parents were concerned about their children losing touch with their culture and religion.
On Monday night, the London Borough of Harrow voted in favour of granting planning consent for the 236-place primary school, on Camrose Avenue, Edgware.The local authority's approval for the plans follows the government's pledging of support for more religious schools where there is parental demand.About a third of schools in England are faith schools - including Jewish, Sikh, Muslim and Christian denominations. (BBC Reports)Apart from educating the children in academics, the Hindu faith school plans to provide firm grounding in their spiritual and cultural values.According to I-FoundationThe voluntary aided Hindu primary school will be dedicated to developing…

Mahayodha Ram – An animated 3D film based on Lord Rama

The new animation film titled Mahayodha Ram is in the 3D format and the film will be directed by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid. Produced by Abhimanyu Singh, the script of Mahayodha Ram is by Ashok Banker, author of six books on the series of Ramayana. Javed Akthar is writing the lyrics. The producers plan to release the movie in early 2008. According to Ashok Banker, Mahayodha Ram is going to be contemporary for today’s younger generation. It’s going to push animation to the limit. It won’t be a simple mythological film like Hanuman. Mahayodha Ram will have suspense, romance and action. Something you have never seen in any Indian animation film so far. The idea is to show to Hollywood, if they make Lion King, so can we. (Times of India)Incidentally, one of the earliest animated films based on Hindu Mythology was the Ramayana.Hope, the producer of Mahayodha Ram has enough money and talent to taken on the Lion King. RelatedA List of animated film based on Hindu Mythology.

Special Flower Arrangement for Venkateswara Brahmotsavams in Tirupati

One of the great attractions at the Brahmotsavam Utsavams in Tirumala Tirupati temple is the flower decorations. This year, to make the flower decoration a grand affair, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is even importing flowers from other countries. Tirumala Tirupati Brahmotsavams 2007 is from September 15 to September 23.
During the Brahmotsavam utsavams, the main temple, surroundings of the main temple the four Mada Streets, small and sub-temples, the Pushkarini (sacred lake) and above all the vahanams carrying Srivari or Balaji will be decorated with the flowers of 130 varieties grown on the Tirumala hills and also imported from Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai and abroad. Nearly 300 florists are striving hard to give a flowery look to Tirupati during the Brahmotsavams.
A flower show with the about 175 varieties of different scented and ornamental flowers from different states and other countries will be one of the highlights of the utsavams. This year the garden department is a…

New Hindu Temple at Cinnaminson, Burlington, New Jersey

A new HinduTemple, called the Shri Swaminarayan Sampraday temple, opened with a colorful parade at Cinnaminson in Burlington County, New Jersey. The temple is housed in a renovated building and has idols of Lord Krishna and Radha. BurlingtonCounty has several hundred Hindu families and as a community they were earlier finding if difficult to organize festivals.
The temple is located at the corner of Garry Road and Industrial Highway at Cinnaminson.
The Address found on Google map is
2101 Garry Rd
Cinnaminson, NJ08077
(856) 829-4776
Location on Google Map

Significance of Vishwakarma Puja

Vishwakarma Puja is an important festival in Eastern India and is dedicated to Vishwa Karma, the divine architect of the architect of the universe according to Hindu Scriptures. Vishwakarma or Visvakarma Puja is celebrated annually on September 17. The festival is mainly celebrated in Bengal, Orissa and Tripura. It is a holiday for the industrial belts in this part of India. Kite flying is a major activity on the day.

In Hindu Mythology, Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe. He is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rig Veda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and workers of all kind worship Lord Vishwakarma on this day and pray for a better future, safe working conditions and above all success in their respective fields. Workers also pray for the smooth functioning of various machines.
Special statues of Lord Vishwakarm…

Where to buy eco-friendly Ganesh idols?

Eco-friendly Ganesh idols means those idols which are made from clay and uses natural colors. Readymade eco-friendly or nature friendly Ganesha idols are available for purchase in Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. In Mumbai, Shri Satguru Aniruddha Upasana Trust (SSAUT) provides eco-friendly paper mache idols. There are also numerous NGOs and stores selling clay Ganesh idols.
National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped (NASEOH) at Chembur has designed Ganesh idols made of pure clay. It is on sale at Kamdhenu Gift Shop, Chembur.Also Local newspapers carry reports and ads on these stores and NGOs.In Pune, beautiful eco-friendly Ganesh idols provided by eCoexist is available at at Nucleus mall and outlets
Either Or, Sohrab Hall, 26050225 / 56017666
24 Letter Mantra, Baner, 64002456
eCoexist, Kalyani Nagar, 9850084383
There are also numerous other NGOs in Pune providing information on eco-friendly Ganesha.In Hyderabad, Emerald Mithai Shop at IndiraPark and its branch a…

Tamil Month Puratasi in 2007 and its Significance

Puratasi is a Tamil month closely associated with Lord Vishnu (Lord Venkateswara). The Puratasi Saturdays are of great significance and special prayers are offered on Saturdays of the month to please Lord Shani or Shani dev. In 2007, Puratasi month starts on September 18 and ends on October 17. Some devotees observe fast on Puratasi Saturdays to please Sani Bhagvan. The Puratasi Saturdays in 2007 are on September 22, September 29, October 6 and October 13.Update:Details about Puratasi in 2008
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Venkateswara or Balaji descended on earth in the month of Puratasi. Special prayers are offered at the SrirangamRanganathaswamyTemple during this month. Lord Vishnu devotees consider this as the apt month for thanking Lord Vishnu for preserving the Mother Nature.There is a general belief that Saturdays are free from the influences of Lord Shani or Sani Bhagvan and it is easy to please him on this day. Generally, other navgrahas, other than Sani, have more influen…

Lord Venkateswara Wallpapers

Lord Balaji or Lord Venkateswara is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is believed to protect humanity from adverse effects in ‘Kaliyuga.’ He is popularly known as Srinivasa in South India and Tirupati Balaji in North India. This set of pictures and wallpapers are dedicated to Lord Venkateswara.
Click on the images to enlarge view (1024X768) and right click and use the save image as option.

Year of Origin of Hinduism

There is no exact year of origin of Hinduism. This because Hindu religion has no founder and it has evolved through centuries of teachings, primarily trying to find answer to questions like Who am I?Historians suggest that Hinduism originated around 3000 BCE in the the IndusValley near the River Indus in modern day India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But this view has been challenged by many modern day historians and scholars, who feel it is even older. Then, there is the Dravidian culture, the indigenous culture in India, and tribal culture, which many scholars believe could have contributed to the origin of Hindu religion. The earliest artifacts related to Hinduism like phallic symbols and idols of mother goddess have been found from Mohenjodaro and Harappa in the IndusValley. It must be noted here that the term ‘Hindu’ was first used by Arabs around 2000 years ago and the term Hinduism was coined by European powers that colonized India. Before the arrival of foreign powers, Hinduism w…

Hindu Blog Turns 1

Hindu Blog was born on September 7, 2006 – exactly one year ago today. Initially, the blog concentrated on Hinduism and Nature and posted only links to articles in newspapers. Then came the ‘quote of the day posts’, which still continues. Frankly, I had no idea how to go about and there were no existing Hindu religious blog to emulate. So I tried to become a bit of a rebel sometimes, tried to concentrate on diverse topics, created irrelevant posts and committed several blunders and mistakes. The net result no visitors in the first few weeks and less than 100 visitors in the first two months. But strangely the idea of giving up never came to my mind because each day through the numerous newspaper articles related to Hinduism, I was learning more and more about this great religion. Soon, I realized that I can use this blog as a platform to learn about Santana Dharma, which I continue to do. The blog today discusses all aspects related to Hinduism. Each day I use this blog to explore Hin…

Professor Tatyana Elizarenkova Russian Scholar on Vedas Dead

Russian Scholar and an expert on Vedas Prof. Tatyana J Elizarenkova died in Moscow at the age of 78. India had honored her with the Padma Shri in 2004 for her contributions in the study of Vedas. She had authored several books on the Vedas including Russian Translation of Rig Veda. Prof. Tatiana Elizarenkova created a storm when she authoritatively claimed that Rig Veda was written somewhere in modern Russia. She said that the Aryans migrated to India and Iran from modern Russia. In the Voronezh region in Russia, she found a burial mound to prove her claims.The burial mound of a warrior in the Voronezh region, south of Moscow, was similar to the description in the Rig Veda. The warrior was buried in accordance with Vedic rites. Most of her books like ‘Language and Style of the Vedic Rsis’ are scholarly in nature.

Swaminarayan Hindu Temple Atlanta Location

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn Atlanta is the largest traditional VedicHinduTemple of stone and marble to be constructed in the United States. It is located at 460 Rockbridge Road NW, Lilburn, GA30047. More details about Atlanta Swaminarayan temple can be found here. Location and Direction of SwaminarayanTemple Lilburn Atlanta on Google Map
The address of Swami Narayan Mandir AtlantaBAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
460 Rockbridge Road NW
Lilburn, GA30047. USA
Tel: (1-404) 297 0501
Fax: (1-404) 297 1834The temple is open from 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs. There are separate idol darshan timings. The temple is open for longer periods during weekends and on festival days.

Artificial Lakes in Mumbai for Ganesh Idol Immersion

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced several steps for an eco-friendly Ganesh festival. But sadly the very next day, BMC has taken a U-turn on many eco-friendly Ganesh festival decisions. Now, for an eco-friendly Ganeshotsav, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will provide ‘nirmalya kalash’ (urns to dispose offerings) and artificial lakes for the immersion of Ganesh idols.
This year, BMC is planning to create a ditch of fifteen feet in circumference and fifteen feet deep and water from tankers will be poured into the ditch. The artificial lakes will help in reducing traffic congestion on the immersion day. If the disposal of the water in the artificial lake is handled carefully, it will help in reducing water pollution to a great extent.In 2006, Pestom Sagar Citizens Association had successfully demonstrated the utility of artificial lakes for the immersion of Ganesh idols.RelatedEnvironmental pollution caused by Ganesh Chaturthi festivalEco-friendly Ganesh Idol…

Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto Address and Location

The Address and Telephone number of Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
61 Claireville Drive, Toronto,
OntarioM9W 5Z7
Tel: 416 798 2277
Fax: 416 798 7798
Location of Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto on Google Map

View Larger MapVisiting HoursMandir and Museum is open to visitors from 9am to 6pm daily throughout the year.
Murti Darshan or Viewing of Deities – 0900 hrs to 1045 hrs 1130 hrs to 1200 hrs 1600 hrs to 1800 hrsRules and Regulations inside the Swaminarayan Mandir, Toronto
Conduct: Please refrain from touching the delicate carvings within the building. To maintain the spiritual atmosphere observe silence inside the Mandir. Dress Code: No shorts or skirts shorter than knee length (Sarong are available in the Haveli, near the shoe-coat racks). Shoes: All visitors MUST remove their shoes before entering the Mandir or any part of the Haveli complex. (Shoe racks provided within the Haveli.) Photo-Video: Photography and video inside the buildin…

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 …

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

700 year old Hindu palm leaf manuscript digitally restored

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has digitally restored the 700 year old Hindu palm leaf manuscript - Sarvamoola Granthas. Ten months back this blog had written about RIT scientists trying to digitally preserve the dilapidated palm leaf original Hindu writings in Sarvamoola Granthas, attributed to philosopher-saint Shri Madhvacharya (1238-1317). The project was led by RIT professors P.R. Mukund and Roger L. Easton Jr. The Sarvamoola Granthas is a collection of 36 works written in Sanskrit and contains commentaries on sacred Hindu scriptures and conveys Shri Madhvacharya’s Dvaita philosophy.The Damaged ManuscriptEach leaf of the manuscript measures 26 inches long and two inches wide. The leaves are bound together with braided cord threaded through two holes. Heavy wooden covers sandwich the 342 palm leaves, which are cracked and chipped at the edges. In its current condition, the Sarvamoola Granthas is difficult to handle and to read as the result of centuries of inappropriate s…

Manga Style Comics based on Hindu Mythology from Fluid Friction

Fluid Friction, a Hong Kong based team, is planning to release comic books based on Hindu Mythology in Manga Style or Japanese Style. The stories in the new comic are inspired by the Mahabharata. The comic series takes place in a place called Bhumi. It seems the residents of Bhumi are gods, demons, half-gods and men. Devashard is the first chapter from the chronicles of Bhumi.Nothing much could be found regarding the storyline in Fluid Friction’s website but there is a character designing competition open to Indians. The participants have to design the character after reading the description of the character given in the brochure.This is an image from the Fluid Friction website. So, don’t expect the normal Arjuna, Bhima and Krishna in the series. The first book in the series is expected in January 2008.

Bansuri Ganesha from Lladro

Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines, has issued porcelain figurine of Lord Ganesha playing Bansuri (flute). Issued in 2007, the figurine is presently available in many online stores and retails for $906 (Lladro yahoo price).

Lladro had issued a limited edition of Veena Ganesha (Ganesh playing Veena) in 2006. The Bansuri Ganesha figurine is not displayed on the official website of Lladro but it is available for sale online and in many Lladro stores around the world.