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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…

Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The Vedas, Tantras and the Puranas, and all the sacred scriptures of the world have become defiled because they have been constantly repeated by and have come out of human mouths. But the Brahman or the Absolute has never been defiled, for no one as yet has been able to express the Brahman.Different people call on God by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Shiva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it ‘jal’, others at another place and call it ‘pani’, and still others at a third place and call it ‘water’. The Hindus call it ‘jal’, the Christians ‘water’, and the Muslims ‘pani’. But it is one and the same thing.Ramakrishna Paramahamsa