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New Canada Immigration Arranged Marriage Regulations Unfair Towards Hindus

Canadian immigration authorities are planning to crackdown on immigrants to Canada who arrive at the nation after arranged marriages. Hindus feel this new regulation is against their tradition as arranged marriage is very common in Hindu community. Under the proposal, immigration officers will conduct more thorough background checks of applicants. The proposal will affect Hindus who bring spouses to Canada through arranged marriages. The Canadian government maintains that the measures are to stop people from entering Canada by under the pretext of arranged marriages.Many Hindus fear that a lot of legitimate marriages will be refused as not being genuine.Indian Express reportsAcclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that in Hinduism, vivah (marriage) was the most important samskar (sacrament). Traditional Hindu marriage was a sacred rite and was believed to be binding not only in this life but in the life hereafter also. And Ottawa saw “bad faith”…

Pradosh on Monday – Importance of Shiva Pradosha Vrat on Somwar

Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. When Pradosh Vrat falls on Monday, it is known as Som or Soma Pradosh. Monday Pradosh 2017 dates are April 24 and May 8.
Monday, or Somwar, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered highly auspicious day to offer pujas and prayers to Lord Shiva. The day gains even greater significance during the month of Shravan (July – August).

Pradosh as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset – the twilight. Roughly, the Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees.

Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosham day and the fast is broken after evening pujas. Most Shiva devotees also spent time at Shiva temples. Special pujas are performed in temples during the period.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosha?