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Modern Values and Hindu Religion

Modern values like social equality, democracy, feminism, science and technology, rationality, and environment protection might be modern for many societies around the world but Hindus were practicing these values from time immemorial and all Holy Scriptures associated with Hindu religion  pronounce these values repeatedly. Prakash Jain in an article titled Modernity and Hinduism argues so-called modern values were already imbibed in the Hindu culture. Some excerpts The inscriptions on the walls of the Sundaravarada temple in Uttiramerur near Kanchipuram show how democracy was practiced 1000 years ago. History Professor Steve Muhlberger at Nipissing University has painstakingly shown several evidences of republic forms of government in ancient India. And, according to Professor Arvind Sharma, republicanism was as prominent a form of government as monarchy in the sixth century B.C.E. in India. Hindu culture has the reverential concepts to worship natural powers and animals, modernity,

Nanda Ashtami 2023 date in Uttarakhand - Importance of Nanda Ashtami

Nanda Ashtami is associated with Goddess Nanda Devi and is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day (eighth day of waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad Month in Uttarakhand. Nanda Ashtami 2023 date is September 22. The importance of the festival is that it celebrates the visit of Nanda Devi to her mother’s home. Nanda Devi is one of the most popular deities in the hills of Uttarakhand. There are numerous temples dedicated to Nanda Devi in Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Who is Nanda Devi Nanda Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. It is believed that Nanda Devi is Yoga Maya, the baby girl who replaced Krishna in the prison and escaped from the hands of Kamsa and warned him that Krishna , the son of Devaki, is already born and he will put an end to the terror of Kamsa. Nanda Ashtami festivities end with Nanda Jat, a ceremonial farewell from her mother’s house.