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 [...]

Battle of Asal Uttar: When The Indian Army Destroyed 165 Pakistani Tanks In 48 Hours during 1965 war

Asal Uttar is a village of memorials. There are all sorts — big ones, small, by the roadside, in the fields. These, apart from the occasional dilapidated bunker, are probably the only signs that Asal Uttar, a village 12 km from the international border with Pakistan in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, was the battlefield where Indian and Pakistani armies fought one of the fiercest tank battles of the 1965 war. This is where Pakistan’s 1 Armoured Division was stopped in its tracks after 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 [...]

Hindu Americans Call for Equality, Urge Govt Not to Erase Their Identity and Heritage

Hindu Americans Ask California Government for Fair Equality and Justice and Dignity of their Hindu Heritage Hindu Americans of all types converged on Sacramento yesterday to voice their concerns about the California Department of Education Instructional Quality Commission’s (IQC) plans to accept problematic edits made by a small group of South Asian studies faculty. These proposed edits would have largely removed references to India and Hinduism, and replaced them with the terms “South Asia” 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 [...]

Vedic Fair Brings a Cool Flair to Spiritualism

Participants, organizers and volunteers at the Vedic Fair – 3 held on Saturday, March 1. Click here for photo collage By Malay Vyas KATY: ‘Ashirwad A Blessing’ organized the third Vedic Fair at the Cinco Ranch High School on Saturday, March 1. ‘Ashirwad’ translates into “Blessing” and the temple’s mission is to preserve age-old Spiritual knowledge and impart the same to the next generation”. The Vedic fair went a long way in further enhancing the strength and value of 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 [...]

Maha Shivratri: Hindus in Mansehra celebrate night of Shiva

Devotees fast during the day and hold vigils during the night for the auspicious event. MANSEHRA: At the stroke of midnight on the 13th day of Phalguna, the twelfth month of the Hindu calendar, Hindus all around the world remember Lord Shiva. The three-day festival of Shivratri or Great Night of Shiva usually falls between mid-February and early March. It is supposed Read more [...]

Maha Shivratri: Delegation of yatrees awed by Pakistan welcome

Yatrees enter Pakistan via Wagah border. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK / EXPRESS LAHORE:  “We have received a lot of love here,” Aruna Gupta said.  Somehow, the exhaustion of having travelled by foot across the border to Pakistan from India seems lesser, as the happy pilgrim thanked the Pakistan government for giving them special care. She doesn’t feel unsafe. A Read more [...]