Hinduism

Hindu University of America Welcomes Dr. T. R. N. Rao as its New President

October 3, 2006

Source: Hindu University

http://www.hindu-university.edu/

Hindu University of America (HUA), located in Orlando, Florida, yesterday announced the appointment of Dr. T. R. (Narsimha) Rao as its new president. Dr. Rao assumed his duties on Vijaya-Dashami, an important Hindu festival day, which also is Gandhi Jayanti, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr. Shri Braham R. Aggarwal, the Chairman of the Board of HUA and Chairman of Park Square Homes in Orlando, said in welcoming Dr. Rao: “The...

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Thames Immersion for Hindu Idols

October 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/5401122.stm

Idols of Hindu gods were immersed in the river Thames in west London, as hundreds from the Hindu Bengali community attended the ceremony.

This is the first time the community was allowed to give a traditional send-off to the deities by London's port authorities.

The idols, belonging to a tableau measuring 18ft by 20ft, were made from clay, straw and vegetable dyes....

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Yale Chaplaincy Search Proves Challenging in an Era of Pluralism

October 2, 2006

Source: Yale Daily News

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On October 2, 2006 the Yale Daily News reported, "The music is raucous, there is dancing in the aisles, and the band would not be complete without that clarinet. Dozens of polo shirt-clad students clap and stamp their feet singing the refrain. 'I will bless the Lord. Bless the Lord at all times!' This is the scene at the first All-Campus worship of the 2006-’07 school year, a student-run evangelical service in Battell Chapel. Earlier that day, other...

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23 Hindu Prisoners Observe Ramadan Fast with Muslim Inmates in Bihar Jail

October 2, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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On October 2, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "Setting a perfect example of communal harmony, 23 Hindu prisoners, four of them women, of Bhagalpur Central Jail are observing [the] Ramadan fast along with Muslim inmates, jail sources said on Monday. A total of 303 inmates are observing [the] Ramadan fast in the high-security Bhagalpur Central Jail, jail superintendent P K Jha told PTI. 'Special food arrangements have...

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India Remembers Gandhi, Religious Leaders Take Part in Interfaith Prayer Service

October 2, 2006

Source: MonstersAndCritics.com

Wire Service: IANS

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/india/article_1207395.php/Nation_remembers_Mahatma_Gandhi__Roundup_

On October 2, 2006 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "With a Bollywood blockbuster spawning a new enthusiasm about Mahatma Gandhi, hundreds of youngsters joined politicians and diplomats in paying homage to the father of the nation on...

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Tristate India Association Prepares for Diwali

October 2, 2006

Source: The Herald-Dispatch

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On October 2, 2006 The Herald-Dispatch reported, "Signs of hope, diversity and tolerance are the themes for the 2006 Festival of Diwali, presented by the Tristate India Association. The festival, also known as the Hindu Festival of Lights, is a good chance for the association to promote an understanding of Indian origin and ethnicity and its impact in the region, said Dr. Sumit Anand, president of the...

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Hindu Temple of Toledo Sponsors "Erase the Hate" Play

October 2, 2006

Source: The Toledo Blade

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On October 2, 2006 The Toledo Blade reported, "Christians singing, dancing, and praying together with Hindus and Muslims. Mahatma Gandhi leading his followers in a protest against the British tax on salt. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., looking out to the crowd and bellowing, 'I have a dream.' This was the scene at Lourdes College's Franciscan Center yesterday, where a Detroit-area performance troupe presented an ensemble of...

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Hindu God Revered in Delmar Park

October 1, 2006

Source: Your Hub

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On October 1, 2006 Your Hub reported, "Almost 300 people of different faiths and sects celebrate as God traveled to the Delmar Park in Aurora, Colorado. Perfect day, perfect setting and Pundit Dhruv Narain Sharma of Chicago made it still better by chanting the sacred mantras with Vedic fire invocation. Ninth day of Navratra's is the day of Goddess Durga, when she achieved victory over evil. Goddess Durga was invited to the Park...

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Hindus Meet with Leaders on Capitol Hill

September 30, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation press release

[hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_dc2006.htm]

On September 30, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation press release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) concluded its third annual Government Outreach and Leadership Conference on September 28, 2006. Two days of individual meetings with over twenty-five senators and members of the House of Representatives, Department of Justice, and State Department were highlighted by a dinner reception held within the...

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Scottsdale's Religious Diversity Grows by Leaps and Bounds, Baha'i Temple is Latest Addition

September 30, 2006

Source: East Valley Tribune

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On September 30, 2006 the East Valley Tribune reported, "God goes by many names in Scottsdale, more so now than ever. The city’s growth has brought with it adherents of many faiths, who pray in their own ways and often in different languages. Some have reached a critical mass and have built their own houses of worship, in addition to the 81 Christian churches of various denominations here. The reception given to members of the Bahai Faith, Muslim,...

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Manchester Township Hindus Celebrate Navratri

September 26, 2006

Source: The York Daily Record

http://www.ydr.com/newsfull/ci_4397717

On September 26, 2006 The York Daily Record reported, "Hundreds of bare feet moved in step to a thunderous drum beat. Every color imaginable could be found on ornate gowns worn by women and girls dancing at Navratri, a 9-day celebration that devotes three days of worship each to the goddesses of valor, wealth and knowledge. The celebration is of happiness and worshiped by Hindus around the world. Manchester...

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Award Winning Film About Sikh Widows to Screen at Smithsonian Exhibit

September 26, 2006

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/0677364BEA11EA57872571F4007E9897

On September 26, 2006 the SikhNet News reported, "The Widow Colony an award winning documentary that takes an in-depth look into the lives of the widows whose husbands were killed in the anti-Sikh massacre of November, 1984 will be the first Sikh issue based feature film to be screened at the Smithsonian Museum’s Freer...

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Nepalese Organization Hosts International Interfaith Youth Conference on Peace

September 25, 2006

Source: Peace Journalism

On September 25, 2006 Peace Journalism reported, "Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal (HVP) organised an international youth conference for peace with the theme of 'Deepening our Spirituality' in the capital. The conference began on September 23 with peace prayers by the priests and leaders of different faiths including Hindus, Buddhists, [Muslims], Christians, [Baha'is] and Jews... 20 international youths, 5 spiritual elders and 50 Nepali youths representing 20 organizations are taking part in the conference. The...

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