Hinduism

More Hindu Women Are Becoming Priests

July 18, 2008

Author: Margaret Ramirez

Source: KansasCity.com/The Chicago Tribune

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/710649.html

Amid the noise and bustle of downtown Chicago, the groom rode a white horse, shaking to Indian drumbeats in procession to the Palmer House Hilton hotel.

Inside, the bride and groom took seats under the red mandap, or wedding canopy, and the priest began chanting in a high, melodic voice.

For some, the chants heard at...

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Readington Zoning Board Unanimously Rejects Hindu Temple Application

July 18, 2008

Author: Walter O'Brien

Source: MyCentralJersey.com

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080718/NEWS/80718028

After more than two years of public hearings, the application for construction of a Hindu temple here has been unanimously rejected.

Yesterday, the township Board of Adjustment denied a variance and preliminary site plan for the CharDham Hindu Temple proposed for 25A Coddington Road...

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Pope Benedict XVI Meets Non-Christian Leaders

July 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

[theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24039586-2702,00.html]

Leaders of non-Christian faiths have met Pope Benedict XVI, who hailed the shared moral values of the world's major religions.

About 20 religious leaders from the Jewish, Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist communities gathered to meet the Pope and the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell in the Chapter Hall at St Mary's Cathedral this morning.

The meeting came hours before the main...

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Spiritual Camp Provides Guidance for Hindu Youth

July 17, 2008

Author: Tanu Dixit

Source: Calgary Herald

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/neighbours/story.html?id=ac26e769-0cb8-4107-aa27-96d5227d8d41

At the end of June, a group of youth from the Hindu Temple attended a retreat at Camp Gardner, near Bragg Creek.

On reaching the campground parking lot, the kids got a tractor ride to the lodge which would be their quarters for the next two nights...

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Hindu God Krishna Celebrated At Metropolitan Museum

July 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Huliq News

http://www.huliq.com/64226/hindu-god-krishna-celebrated-metropolitan-museum

A new installation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Krishna: Mythology and Worship – celebrates the Hindu god Krishna, perhaps the most popular of all the appearances (avatars) of the Indian Hindu deity Vishnu.

The installation of 23 painting, textiles, and sculptures from the Museum's...

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Flushing, Just Outside Manhattan, is Proud of Its Religious Diversity

July 15, 2008

Author: Paige Kollock

Source: Voice of America News

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The neighborhood of Flushing in New York City borough of Queens, just outside Manhattan, has been a model for religious freedom since the 1600s. Back then, members of The Society of Friends, or Quakers, began arriving in what was then a Dutch colony, fleeing religious persecution in England.

The colony's director-general barred the Friends from practicing...

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Solar Powered Hindu Temple Sets Sustainable Example

July 10, 2008

Author: Mahesh Basantani

Source: Inhabitat.com

http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/10/hindu-temple-to-run-on-solar-power/

Spirituality seems to be taking a green course. The world’s largest solar kitchen has been installed by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University and Academy for a Better World. And now a Hindu religious and cultural center in California has taken significant steps towards sustainability including running...

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Minorities Push for Secular Constitution in Muslim Bangladesh

July 8, 2008

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Ecumenical News International

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A joint forum of Buddhist, Christian and Hindu minorities in Bangladesh is lobbying quietly for the restoration of a secular constitution that was abolished 20 years ago making Islam the state religion in the Muslim-majority nation.

"We are trying our best to make our voices heard," Nirmal Rozario, organizing secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, told Ecumenical News...

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Rath Yatra Celebrated with Traditional Fervor in Texas, USA

July 7, 2008

Author: Ellora Misra

Source: OdishaToday.com

[odishatoday.com/orissa/Rath_yatra_celebrated_in_usa_070608-8562326598.html]

The DFW Hindu Temple Society " Ekta Mandir" celebrated Rath Yatra, the car festival of idols Jagannath, Balabhadra and their sister Devi Subhadra on Sunday, ( 6th of July ) two days after the world famous Rath Yatra at Puri, with much fanfare and traditional fervor here at Dallas in Texas, USA.

Hundreds of NRI and Oriya devotees from Dallas, Fort Worth cities and the...

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Utah Governor Visits Hindu Temple, With A Special Guest

July 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/The Salt Lake Tribune

[hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/7/4.shtml#3]

The wonder in her eyes, the calm with which she accepted ceremonial blessings, showed that Asha Huntsman, 2, felt an immediate connection. Adopted from India and brought home to Utah early last year by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and his wife, Mary Kaye, little Asha seemed to relish the colorful celebration and crowds that surrounded her at South Jordan's Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple. She, her parents...

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For Hindus in America, It's an Intentional Choice

July 4, 2008

Author: Denise Ford-Mitchell

Source: The Saginaw News

[mlive.com/saginawnews/living/index.ssf/2008/07/for_hindus_in_america_its_an_i.html]

With the exception of special observances, followers of Hinduism rarely worship together.

Hindu worship -- or puja -- is primarily an individual activity rather than a communal service, says Midland resident Sambasiba R. Allada.

"Worship for us is something we do on a daily basis at home," explained Allada, 74. "We make personal offerings such as a...

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Op-Ed: "The Hindus - Are Here!" By: Francis X. Clooney

July 2, 2008

Author: Francis X. Clooney

Source: America Magazine

[americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&id=E3F77682-5056-8960-32D2C83E5AD54606]

I was in Orlando, Florida, for the Seventh International Conference of the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES). This is a meeting of Hindus who meet every second year for a conference that is in part a cultural event, in part a confidence-building gathering, and in part an academic conference. Most of those who came reside in the US, including a good...

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Unique Gandhi Festival in America

July 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earthpages

http://epages.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/unique-gandhi-festival-in-america/

A unique first of its kind eco-friendly festival celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s life and message will be held in Nevada (USA) on Jul 26.

According to Tom Stille and Doug Keeney, coordinators of this Gandhi Fest; drummers, fire spinners, artists, healthy and organic food chefs, yoga teachers, DJs, and...

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Thailand Withdraws Heritage Site Support for Hindu Temple

July 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Monster and Critics/Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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Thailand on Tuesday withdrew its support for a Cambodian proposal to list Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage site at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Cabinet decided to backtrack on support for the controversial temple's listing to obey an...

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