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Bhagavad Gita Ban in Russia Dismissed – Russian Hindus Wins the Battle of Dharma

Russian Hindus Won the Battle of Dharma when a Judge at the Tomsk court in Siberia  in Russia dismissed the plea to brand Holy Bhagavad Gita an extremist literature and ban it. The prosecutors had asked for a ban on the Russian translation of ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ written by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).  "Yato Dharma Tato Jaya" – Where there is righteousness, there is victory. Times of India reports "The court has dismissed the state prosecutors' case during the hearing today," Sadhu Priya Das, a leader of the Russian unit of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), told IANS on the phone from Moscow .  The case has been going on in the Tomsk city court since June. Bhagavad Gita is a book for all. It is a holy book that is universal. It is dedicated to the welfare of all living beings. ‘Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human r

Shukastala – Shuka Muni Narrated Srimad Bhagavad Purana to Parikshit Here

Shukastala, also known as Shukratal, is a holy place located on the banks of Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Shuka Muni narrated the Srimad Bhagavad Purana here to the Parikshit Maharaj. There is a very old Vata Vriksha here and it is believed that Shuka Maharishi sat under this tree and narrated the Bhagavad Purana. Legend has it that Parikshit Maharaj was cursed that he will be bitten by Takshak Snake and killed. To escape from it and to attain Moksha, Shuka Muni narrated the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is believed that reading or listening to Srimad Bhagavata Purana helps in redemption of sin and attaining Moksha. There is a temple dedicated to Shuka Muni here. Shakuntala is around 24 km from Muzaffarnagar. It is around 120 km from Haridwar and 100 km from New Delhi .

Aryaman – Vedic God in Hindu Tradition

Aryaman is a Vedic God mentioned in the Vedas. He is rarely worshipped today in Hinduism. Today, He is only invoked during rare vedic yajna performed in Hindu religion and also during Shradh. He is one among the Adityas and is associated with chivalry, honor, nobility and rules of society. The name Aryaman means a ‘devoted friend’ or ‘Gentleman.’  There are several verses dedicated to Aryaman in the Rig Veda. He is the son of Aditi. Aryaman maintains the code of conduct in the society. He protects the honor of men and women in the society. He has the last word in marriages and in the maintenance of tradition, custom and religion in the Vedic society. All rituals, relationships created and maintained in society are governed by Aryaman. As all social relationships were governed by Aryaman, he was considered as the great ancestor. He was the king of ancestors. Offerings are made to him as part Shradh rituals. A part of offerings made to ancestors reach Aryaman.

Shadaram Birth Anniversary at Shadani Darbar in Ghotki in Sindh in Pakistan

Shadaram birth anniversary is annually held in Paush month (December – January) at the famous Shadani Darbar in Ghotki in Sindh in Pakistan . Shadaram is believed to be a manifestation of Hindu God Shiva. It is the 316th birth anniversary of Holy saint Shadaram in 2024. Legend has it that According to the legend, Ghulam Shah Kalhoro, the ruler of Sindh, intimidated Hindus in 1700. Perturbed by his actions, Hindus prayed to Shiva at Mathelo. One night the Sarpanch of the area saw Shiva in his dream. Shiva told him that he had taken birth in the form of Shadaram in Lahore and would come to Mathelo for their salvation. Shri Shadaram came to Mathelo in 1768 and called forth Dhuni Saheb there. When Kalhoro insulted a Hindu widow, Shri Shadaram cursed the ruler, saying that Kalhoro would lose the kingdom. Shri Shadaram’s words came true and Kalhoro lost his kingdom and died in misery. After that Shadaram shifted to Hayat Pitafi and laid the foundation of the Shadani Darbar.