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Pushkarani – Holy Temple Water Tanks

What is a Pushkarani? Temple water tanks are known as Pushkarani in Andhra Pradesh and in some temples in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The most famous is the Swami Pushkarani at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. The pushkaranis are sacred water bodies (referred as Tirthas or Teerth) and the water in it are used for the bathing the presiding deity in a temple. Large Pushkaranis are used for Theppam festivals – float festival when the presiding deities move on the water body on specially designed boats. The Pushkarani also serves to maintain the water levels in the region.Pushkaranis are often built within the temple complex or in its front (outside). Some of the most important ones are mentioned in the Puranas and there are stories about how they were formed. Some of the popular Pushkaranis are the big stepped Tirtha at SrirangamRanganathaTemple known as Chandra Pushkarini. Swami Pushkarani at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple, Surya Pushkarini at Uraiyur near Kumbakonam.Sadly some of the …

Hindu Wins Traditional Funeral Pyre Legal Battle In England

A devout Hindu, Davender Ghai, aged 71, had asked for an open-air cremation when he dies but it was denied by Newcastle city council in Britain. Davender Ghai had argued then that denying him an open-air ritual ‘will enslave his soul in endless earthly entrapment.’ This legal debate in England had taken place in March 2009. Now through an appeal in Court of Appeal, Davender Ghai won the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre. Mr Ghai agreed that he was willing to be cremated within existing rules with his funeral pyre ‘enclosed in a structure.’Dailymail.UK reportsDavender Ghai was refused permission for the ceremony by Newcastle City Council and lost a challenge to that decision at the High Court in London in May last year.But today the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, who headed a panel of three appeal judges, over turned those rulings.He said: … it seems to us that Mr Ghai's religious and personal beliefs as to how his remains should be cremated once he dies can …