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My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam Dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva to be renovated

Built between the 4th to the 13th century by the ChampaKingdom, My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples and other structures at My Son were greatly influenced by Hinduism and Hindu culture and architecture and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The site is noted for impressive tower-temples.Sadly, most of the structures in My Son Sanctuary are in a dilapidated condition – thanks to the war in Vietnam, aging and lack of renovation and care. Now the Vietnamese governement is planning to renovate the sanctuary in two phases. (reports Saigon)RelatedHindu Temples in UNESCO Heritage Sites

Magh Snan at Sangam in Prayag – Allahabad

In Hinduism, Magh Snan, or Magha Snaan, is the annual holy bathing ritual on the banks of Sangam at Prayag (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh. Magh Snana is also as mini Kumbh Mela. It is held in the month of Magh or Magha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2018, Magh Snan date is from January 2. The final day for taking holy dip during Magha Snana is February 13, 2018. Important dates for taking holy dip in the holy river during Magh Snan are spread over a period of 45 days.

Magh Snan begins on Paush Poornima and ends on Maha Shivratri. During the period of Magh Snan a temporary tent city arises on the banks of Sangam in Prayag. Sangam is the point where the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meets. Taking a holy dip at the confluence of these three rivers is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

Numerous Hindu religious organizations and ashrams erect separate camps and free food is provided during the period. Kalpavasis live in these camps during…