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On Hindu American community building by Anju Bhargava

Anju Bhargava is the Founder-convener of Hindu American Seva Charities and a member of US President Obama's Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships writes about Hindu American community and seva or community social service conducted by American Hindus in the faith section of the Washington Post.Here are some excerptsAt over 2.2 million, Hindus in America now form the fifth largest religious group, after Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. However Hindus are often mischaracterized in textbooks and academia and are not well understood by the majority. As New Americans, we do not yet know how to fully engage with the government. This historic appointment, first public inclusion of a Hindu American, became an opportunity to collectively learn, educate and act.Hindus Americans conduct seva (community social service) regularly as part of their sadhana (spiritual practice). Though the diverse Hindu community has no one particular central authoritative governing body;…

Ambaji – Hindu Goddess Amba

Goddess Amba, or Ambaji, is one of the popular names of Goddess Durga and the name is widely used in western parts of India. Amba means mother and she is Goddess Shakti. One of the most popular temples dedicated to Ambaji in Gujarat is also one of the 51 Shaktipeetahs.
Goddess Amba is also known as Mata Ambika, Ma Ambaji, Amba Bhavani and Arasuri.
The most popular shrine of Goddess Amba in Gujarat is believed to be the spot where the heart of Goddess Sati fell here, when her body was cut into pieces by Lord Vishnu to stop the intense tapas of Lord Shiva after Sati’s death. There is no idol in the temple and Goddess Amba is represented by a triangular Vishwa Yantra, inscribed with figures and the syllable ‘Shree’ in the center. The temple is located at AmbajiTown in Banaskantha District in Gujarat.
Most of the legends associated with Ambaji are that of Goddess Durga.
The only difference is in the name. Durga, Indrani, Mahalakshmi, Mahishamardini, Saraswati, Shailputri, Vagheshwari and Va…

Bhrigu Maharishi Jayanti

Bhrigu Maharishi Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Bhrigu Maharishi the author of the famous Bhrigu Samhita. The Jayanti day in 2018 is April 18. It is observed annually on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaishaka month.
Bhrigu Samhita is one of the earliest works associated with Vedic Astrology.
Sagae Bhrigu is one of the Saptarishis or the seven great sages of the ancient world. Legend has it that he was the mind born son (manasa putra) of Hindu God Brahma.