Hinduism

Hindu Temple Development Plans Approved by Council, New Floor to Include Day Center for Elderly

August 2, 2004

Source: Harrow Times

http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.514701.0.hindu_temple_to_build_day_centre_for_elderly.php

On August 2, 2004 the Harrow Times reported, "The Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Westfield Lane, Kenton, has been granted planning permission for an extra storey. The application received unanimous approval at Harrow Council's development control meeting on Wednesday last week....

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Texan Renounces Job as Lawyer to Become a Sadhu in India

July 30, 2004

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2711114

On July 30, 2004 the Houston Chronicle reported, "Rahul Patel knows how to speak like a lawyer: He can make all the logical arguments. But this Georgetown Law School graduate did not rely just on reason when he decided to turn down a $125,000-a-year job offer from a New York City law firm to follow a spiritual path of poverty, chastity and obedience. He also responded to...

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Religious Diversity in Andover MA Includes Interfaith Outreach and Education

July 29, 2004

Source: Andover Townsman News

http://www.andovertownsman.com/news/20040729/FP_001.html

On July 29, 2004 Andover Townsman News reported, "thanks to hipper, edgier programs, expanded facilities and increased variety of congregations, in many cases, Andover's houses of worship are by no means your parents' houses of worship. In addition, while there is a greater variety of ways to worship, the interest in religion in Andover appears to be growing. There are about two...

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Durga Statue to Arrive in Dallas in Time for Durga Puja Festival

July 27, 2004

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2004/07/28/stories/2004072802692000.htm

On July 27, 2004 The Hindu reported, "An eight-foot fibre-glass image of Goddess Durga and images of the allied pantheon, started their journey from here to Singapore last weekend for onward despatch to Dallas. The images should reach there by October, to be worshipped by the Indian community during the Durga Puja festival — the biggest event in the Bengali's social calendar. Though...

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Sri Pramukh Swami Dedicates New Temple in Houston, TX

July 26, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2701344

On July 26, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported that, "about 175 volunteers who came from as near as Sugar Land and as far as India [helped to construct] the limestone and marble BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple built by the Swaminarayan sect in Fort Bend County, TX... On Sunday, more than 6,000 people packed into the temple and an adjacent building to...

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Houston Parade Welcomes Deities to Hindu Temple

July 23, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2698024

On July 23, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported,"Events celebrating the dedication of the new BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir kick into high gear today with a parade that will travel from the Fort Bend County temple to the Galleria area. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the temple, 1150 Brand Lane near Stafford, with a motorcade of decorated floats, including one of a...

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Police Officers Display Hindu Identity Prominently

July 20, 2004

Source: Ahmedabad Newsline

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=92203

On July 20, 2004 Ahmedabad Newsline reported, "At the Naroda Police Station, in a corner of Senior Inspector V.S. Gohil’s chamber is a mini temple. There are idols and pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses on a shelf. Garlands, flowers, and agarbattis indicate there is daily puja. Gohil readily admits as much. He says he’s religious, of course, and is bewildered that...

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Company Apologizes for Using "Om" Symbol on Sandals

July 16, 2004

Source: Sify

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13523197

On July 16, 2004 Sify reported, "A leading footwear company of London, which displayed the sacred 'Om' symbol on its sandals, has apologized to Hindus and withdrawn the sale of the product after the community members protested against the 'insensitive' depiction. 'I take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of Lacey's Footwear for any offence or hurt the design on the sandal has caused to any member of the Hindu...

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Communist Party of India Calls for Multicultural Rewrite of History Textbooks

July 16, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0716/p06s01-wosc.html?s=hns

On July 16, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "In the past five years, Indian schoolchildren of all faiths have learned quite a bit about the culture of the Hindu majority. With the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party in charge, history textbooks were rewritten to extol the virtues of Indian kings like Shivaji and the Mauriyan and Vijayanagar empires. Hindu...

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