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Hawaii Hindu Temple Opts for Fly Ash Concrete Mixture and Goes Green

KauaiHinduTemple under construction on Hawaii Island fashioned a foundation in which 60% of the usual portland cement is replaced with fly ash. The all stone IravianTemple in Kauai, Hawaii, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the construction which began in 1990 is still in progress. Hinduism Today Magazine reports‘To create the two 6,500sf pads for the stone temple, the architects used only 80 tons of cement, instead of the 230 tons of cement and 75 tons of steel required with conventional reinforced concrete.’
With cement production now contributing more than 6% of global greenhouse gases and growing fast, alternative construction methods are mandatory. By mixing in some fly ash, we could reduce cement use by half.

Prof Mehta, an expert on concrete and fly ash and who helped in the construction, says, ‘This demonstrates a revolutionary method of concrete construction which, if widely adopted could save millions of dollars a year, create structures to last far longer than they do now and …

Assam Magh Bihu

Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is the harvest festival of Assam and is observed in the Assamese month of Magh (January). In 2018, Magh Bihu is on January 15. ‘Bhogali’ means ‘feasting’ in Assamese and is a two-day festival, dedicated to Agni, the fire god.

On the first day of the Bhogali Bihu festival, known as Uruka, young men construct ‘mejis’ or ‘bhelaghars’ with bamboo and wood pieces in farmland or open spaces. A community feast is held on the Uruka night, which includes fish delicacies.
The next day is the Makar Sankranti day, which is the Magh Bihu day, and the ‘meji’ is lit and a lavish feast is held. The ashes of the meji are scattered on the farmlands to increase fertility. Bhogali Bihu is observed on the first day of the Magh month of Assamese calendar.
During Magh Bihu people visit their relatives and share varieties pithas (sweet rice cake), chira (rice flakes), chunga pitha (rice cake in bamboo tubes), and different types of other sweets. Buffalo fights are organized during…

Sayings of Swami Sivananda

Thought must agree with your word and word with your deed. This will transform you into divinity. When you meditate, some irrelevant thoughts may enter the mind. Do not repress them. Ignore them. They will pass away.The essential condition of spirituality is the annihilation of desire for mundane objects. You should have Vairagya or dispassion. Swami Sivananda