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Real Life Shravan Kumar of Ramayana

Shravan Kumar, the youth who exhibited unparalleled parental devotion in the epic Ramayan by carrying his blind parents on his shoulders, is being emulated by Kailash Giri Brahamchari by carrying his blind mother on his shoulders on a Char Dham Yatra. The 36-year-old Kailash Giri Brahamchari is a native of Wargi village near Sankat Mochan town in Madhya Pradesh and he has been carrying his 80-year-old blind mother on his shoulders for 12 years. All this to fulfill his mother’s vow – she had promised to go on a religious journey if her only son recovered from an accident.Gautam Sarkar writes about this unique and nowadays rare Mother-Son relationship in The Telegraph, Calcutta“When I was around eight years old, I had climbed a tree top and then fallen down. I broke my hand and my blind mother prayed for my recovery. She pledged that if I got cured, she would set out on a religious voyage to all the important shrines in the country. I recovered very quickly without any medicines and rea…

Cambodia Hindu Temple Preah Vihear Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The 11th century PreahVihearTemple located on a mountaintop on the Cambodia-Thailand border was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 7, 2008. PreahVihearTemple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Unfortunately, there is an ongoing dispute regarding the ownership of the temple between Cambodia and Thailand. Although the temple is situated in Cambodia, the main entrance lies at the foot of a mountain in Thailand. In 1962, the World Court had ruled that the temple belonged to Cambodia. But successive Thailand governments did not agree to this ruling as public opinion in the country was against acceding the ownership of the temple to Cambodia.Forget the political reasons; the PreahVihearTemple has all the qualities needed to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage ListThe World Heritage Committee quoted the following reasons for making the temple part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage:The site is exceptional for three reasons: its …

Quotes on Creation from Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Before creation and in dissolution, the world exists as one absolute existence, which is God (generator, operator, and destructor).
The Lord, though without form and attributes, and beyond all Gunas, projected this universe out of his Divine power.
Having brought forth this universe, He dwells within all beings and within all things. Yet He remains unaffected, for He is pure consciousness.
The creation, preservation and dissolution of the universe are all divine play.
Srimad Bhagavad Purana