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Sanskrit Academy Uses Hindi Film Dialogues to Popularize Sanskrit

‘Kaalia, tav ki bhavisyasi?’ this is the Sanskrit translation of the famous dialogue ‘Ab tera Kya Hoga Kalia?’ by Gabbar Singh in the famous film Sholay. Eklavya Sanskrit Academy (ESA) in Ahmedabad is translating popular Hindi film dialogues into Sanskrit to popularize Sanskrit language among youth and general public. The Week reports about this unique attempt to popularize Sanskrit"We want to show people that Sanskrit is easy and an interesting language. To popularize Sanskrit, we recently did an experiment by using dialogues of around 17 superhit Hindi films to attract people, mainly youths," director of Eklavya Sanskrit Academy (ESA) Mihir Upadhyay said."What we did was to translate some portions of popular dialogues from films like the one of Gabbar Singh in Amithabh Bachhan-starrer Sholay, and use it to teach people to speak in Sanskrit language," he added.Another dialogue between Amitabh Bachhan and Shashi Kapoor in the film 'Deewar' - "Mere paas…

Lord Ayyappa Temple at Scarborough in Ontario - New Canada Hindu Temple

After ten years of hard work, the Sri Ayyappa Samajam Ontario, Canada, has built an elaborate Hindu temple for Lord Ayyappa on Middlefield Rd. near Finch Ave. E, at Scarborough at Ontario. The inauguration of the temple and the murti puja and consecration took place on September 5 and September 6, 2009. The function was attended by more than 50,000 Ayyappa devotees residing in Canada who are mostly of South Indian and Sri Lankan origin. The main Murti of Lord Ayyappa is enclosed in a chamber similar to the one seen at Sabarimala and the temple also has eighteen steps. The temple also has specific spots for Murtis of other deities from Hindu Pantheon.Each chamber in the temple is noted for its intricate designs and paintings and the 22,000-square-foot temple cost $10 million. The Star Writes"It's a very important day for us," said Thiru Sivasamy, devotee, volunteer and treasurer of the temple board, during the inauguration yesterday. "The temple has been built by fir…

Child Shradh Rituals for Dead Son or Daughter – Balabholaniteras during Pitru Paksha Fortnight

Death of a son or daughter when the parents are alive is considered highly unfortunate. No words can console such parents. In Hinduism, during Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight in Aswhin month there are special rituals and rites for children who have passed away when their parents are alive. It is known as Kakbali or Balabholaniteras in Gujarat and in 2017, the child Shradh rituals are on September 17.
Balabholaniteras is observed on the 13th day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the month of Ashwin. It is the thirteenth day of the Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight.
The rites and ritual is also known as kakbali as offerings are made to crows on the day.