Couple Combines Christian and Hindu Ceremonies at Wedding

May 24, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 24, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "when Wendy Hulsing of Dickinson, N.D., and Sanjaya Gupta of Chesterfield decided to marry, they wanted a two-ceremony wedding, Christian and Hindu, with all the trimmings, including" a horse for the groom to ride in the traditional Hindu barat. "The barat is the tumultuous, slow parade of the groom and his family to the home of the bride-to-be."

Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

May 23, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On May 23, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that 1,000 people came to hear Rabbi Steven Lebow deliver his baccalaureate address to Walton High School's graduating seniors inside the Cobb County Civic Center. "Lebow's speech has been the talk around the lockers and lunchrooms of Walton High for weeks, said...a graduating senior...'I thought it was wonderful,' she said. 'Very appropriate and very well thought out.'"

Indian Community in Queens Growing

May 22, 2001

Source: Newsday

On May 22, 2001, Newsday reported that "evidence of the explosive growth of Queens' Indian population is showing up in neighborhoods across the borough, way beyond the borders of the community's historical base in Jackson Heights...The population growth is welcomed by Indian community and religious leaders who have learned that higher population numbers can be translated into a stronger political base, better social services and wider opportunities for future generations."

Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

May 20, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On May 20, 2001, The New York Times reported on an observant Hindu, Brij Sharma, who "is one of three plaintiffs representing the Hindus and vegetarians of America in a lawsuit filed on May 1 in Seattle that accuses McDonald's of deliberately misleading its American customers." In 1990, McDonald's announced that it was switching from beef fat to "100 percent vegetable oil" to cook its French fries. Sharma "and other American Hindus were outraged to learn that McDonald's French fries are seasoned in the factory with beef flavoring...

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A Look at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta

May 19, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On May 19, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. The article included a history of the temple and some background on the Hindu faith. "The temple attracts worshippers from the entire Southeast. About 7,000 households are on its mailing list."

Hindu Mystic from Nepal Pays Visit to New York Temple

May 16, 2001

Source: The Buffalo News

On May 16, 2001, The Buffalo News reported on Doodh Dhari Baba, a 72-year-old Hindu mystic. "For the past several weeks he has been the guest of Jagannatha Dasa Puripada, founder of the Spiritual Realization Institute...on the lush grounds of Niagara County's only Hindu temple... 'It's like having the pope visit a small church in Olcott Beach,' Puripada said."

Nevada's First Hindu Temple Finally Opens Doors

April 30, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On April 30, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that, after six years of work, regular ceremonies can now be held at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Las Vegas. which is Nevada's only temple.

Traditional Vedic Fire Ceremony Takes Place at Harvard

April 14, 2001

Source: International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness reported on "the performance of a traditional fire ceremony at Harvard University...The event was organized as a cultural and educational experience to promote awareness and understanding of Vedic culture within the Harvard community...More than 50 people attended... In keeping with the educational nature of the event, [His Grace] Turiya Prabhu explained each phase of the ritual and its significance."

Catholic School in Queens Holds Appeal for Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims

April 8, 2001

Source: New York Daily News

On April 8, 2001, the New York Daily News reported on St. Benedict Joseph Labre School in Richmond Hill, in Queens. It is a Catholic school, but "about 20% of the students are Sikhs, 20% are Hindus and 5% are Muslim." Many of the Hindu and Sikh mothers "said they like the structure, morality and emphasis on education at St. Benedict Joseph Labre." Administrators and students report that everyone at the school respects differences in religion or racial background.

Research Group Documents Religious Diversity in the Bible Belt

April 1, 2001

Source: The Tennessean


On April 1, 2001, The Tennessean reported that the Bible Belt is now home to "Six Buddhist communities. Five Jewish congregations. Five Islamic mosques. A Baha'i center. A Hindu temple and a Hindu ashram, or teaching abode. Plus assorted Sikhs and Jains...Others exist, too." Tom Russell, a...

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Members of Hindu Temple Plan Large New Cultural Center

March 27, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On March 27, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that in Lilburn, Georgia, "followers of the Hindu faith are planning to build an ornate worship center that would be the largest of its kind in the Southeast and one of the largest outside India." The center will "include a community center, a clinic, youth education center and a prayer building." The temple that is rebuilding in Lilburn "has about 900 members but attracts as many as 5,000 to 6,000 worshippers on special holidays...About 50,000...

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New Dance Explores the Hindu Concept of Creation

March 24, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On March 24, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on a "two-act dance performance, which had its world premiere last week in Washington, D.C., [and that] explores the little-understood Hindu concept of creation, using traditional Indian dance blended with new elements of modern dance." The dance is called "Shrishti," the Sanskrit word for creation.