Kashmiri Pandits pitch for reopening of ‘seat of learning’ in PoK for them

Srinagar: A representative body of displaced Kashmiri Pandits has asked Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, to push for reopening of Sharda Peeth, a revered place of Kashmiri Hindus in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), for pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir and beyond. “While she has been bating for enhancing tourism between India and Pakistan through Jammu-Sialkot route she should not forget that Kashmiri Pandits have been denied the right to travel to PoK for pilgrimage to ancient and historic Sharda Read more [...]

Mahakala statue discovered in Boyolali

Officers from the Cultural Heritage Preservation Center (BPCB) discovered on Thursday a Mahakala statue and the foundation of a building at a temple excavation site in Gunung Wijil, Giriroto village, Ngemplak district, Boyolali, Central Java. The statue, suspected to be a relic of the Hindu Shiva era of the 9th century, was found just 30 centimeters under the ground’s surface. The discovery is not far from the location where a Nandeswara statue was discovered at the end of March. “We suspect Read more [...]

Hindus Never Have Any Doubt About Being Indian, The Questions Are Raised To Non-Hindu Minorities: Lord Meghnad …

One of the world’s oldest forms of faith, Hinduism has an unbroken trajectory of beliefs and rituals that have passed on for many millennia through the footsteps of pilgrims and the pedagogies of theologists; through myth, science and politics. But what does all that mean to the modern Hindu today asks Hindol Sengupta in this special series – Being Hindu. Watch Sengupta in conversation with Lord Meghnad Desai, a self-proclaimed atheist. I was once asked: ‘Is it true that the Hindus Read more [...]

How the Indian liberal is killing Hinduism

That Charlie Hebdo editorial was Islamophobic paranoia at its extreme. But here's an exercise for you: cut and paste a rough translation of the editorial into your Word document, replace the word *Muslim* and its variations with *Hindu* and its variations and read it. That there staring you in the face is the Indian liberal agenda. In the last week since I joined a growing chorus of Hindus asking why their temples are being stormed, when Indian law protects against interference on matters of the Read more [...]

Hindu-Americans aren’t writing off Sanskrit just yet

Melissa Yang Arshya Gurbani, president of USC's Hindu Student Organization, hopes one day to learn Sanskrit to better connect with her faith. On a Wednesday night, Arshya Gurbani reaches into a white cabinet and wakes a couple Hindu gods from their slumber. She carefully lays out statues of Ganesh and Shiva on a table in preparation for aarti, a worship ritual that reminds Hindus to stay humble and give thanks for good fortune. But Gurbani, 21, and Read more [...]

An Introduction to World Heritages of Nepal

An Introduction to World Heritages of Nepal Mrs. Nirmala Pokhrel Lecturer, TU, Nepal The heritage of one country use to be fascinating to other countries and people living there. Those heritages also have endless significance. Therefore, the heritages of different countries having historical, mythological, natural, cultural and archaeological significance are enlisted in the World Heritage List. UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) has been working Read more [...]

Accepting an Inclusive Identity: On Being an Indian-American Hindu

I am a product of two republics: born in India, raised in America, I typically celebrate my American national identity through holidays such as the Fourth of July because I am a naturalized US citizen. So I didn’t think to get involved when a celebration of India’s Republic Day here in Michigan included Miss America - even though I share her cultural and linguistic identity as a Telugu-speaking Indian-American. But I wondered what my friends of Indian origin do, and did a quick survey. About Read more [...]

Declare Diwali a School Holiday in Millburn/Short Hills

In November 2013, for the first time, more than 200 Millburn Short Hills Residents celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights that marks the beginning of the New Year for Hindus, as a community. The children participated in the religious prayers (Pooja), performed Indian Classical dances, showcased colorful sparkly new Indian Outfits during a fashion show. There was Bollywood music to dance to, Henna tattoos and gourmet Indian dinner desserts to enjoy the evening. It was a memorable evening Read more [...]

The rich colours of Hinduism

Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian Religion 8:30:00 AM (November 30, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) When you walk in narrow streets and countryside of Jaffna peninsula, you will come across ubiquities Hindu temples spanning from the plain landscape with hundred of colourful miniature carvings. These temples are dedicated to various Hindu Gods and goddess. The impressive religious and decorated paintings inside the temples are based on Hindu religion and are painted in vibrant colours. During my Read more [...]

New York’s famed Rubin Museum to exhibit photos of India-Nepal sadhus

  Prestigious Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York (USA) will be exhibiting photographs of sadhus of India and Nepal from January 28 to May 30. Curated by Beck Bloom and titled "Body Language: The Yogis of India and Nepal", it will reportedly display photos of wandering ascetics by Thomas L. Kelly, who is described as photo-activist. "Body Language focuses on the rich symbolism behind sadhus' painted bodies, postures and practices", according to the Museum announcement. Kelly is said to Read more [...]