Hindus mark Hanuman Jayanti in Trinidad & Tabago

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Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018

This year, Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on March 31. The event is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the Hindu god Hanuman who is known for his courage, power and faithful, selfless service to his Lord Rama. Asked what Hanuman represents and what lessons we ought to learn from the humble Hanuman, Pundit Veda Persad of the Ramjit and Basso Persad Hindu Mandir, St Helena Village, Piarco, stated: “The message is that we have our own lives and we bring karmic values from past lives. What we do in this life, we must do to bring good karmic value.

Hinduism is a minority religion in Trinidad and TobagoHindu culture arrived in 1845 in Trinidad and Tobago.[1] In the 21st century, pro Hindu parties were elected.[2] In the 2011 census, There are 240,100 declared Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago. There are also various temples in Trinidad and Tobago to accommodate Hindus.

 

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Persecution of Hindus in Russia

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Russian religious persecution of Hindus are sparking a call for an investigation from two American law makers. In an effort in order to create a more Russian identity, the Russian Orthodox Church has intensified their campaign with increasing persecution and threats towards Hindus under President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Meeks and Weprin noted that the most prominent Hindu spiritual leader, Shri Prakash Ji, has been experiencing Hindu persecution while living in Russia for the past several years. He and his family over the last several years are victims of threats and unauthorized police raids of both his cultural center and home. Smear campaigns are also being used to turn the Russian population against the Hindu spiritual leader. 

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Wealth of Heritage – A special volume on Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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The Hindu newspaper brings out a special volume (its ninth in a series on southern Indian religious centers). Titled ‘Wealth of Heritage’, the special volume has articles, accompanied by an array of pictures, on the traditions associated with the temple, its rich history, its amazing architectural splendor and the many rituals and festivities associated with it.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in ThiruvananthapuramKeralaIndia. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Tamil style(kovil) of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram.

According to the Bhagvatgeeta, Lord Balarama visited Phalgunam (more commonly known as Thiruvananthapuram), took bath in Panchapsaras (Padmateertham) and made a gift of ten thousand cows to holy men. Though the sannidhyam of Lord Padmanabha has always been present in the holy land of Thiruvananthapuram making it a pilgrim spot even during the time of Balarama, the Temple for the Lord came up much later. The Temple has been referred to in the (only recorded) Sangam Period of literature between 500 B.C and 300 A.D several times. Both the Temple and the entire city are often eulogized even as being made of gold, and the Temple as Heaven.

Among the reported wealth of the temple, are a three-and-a-half feet tall solid pure golden idol of Mahavishnu, studded with hundreds of diamonds and rubies and other precious stones. Also found were an 18-foot-long pure gold chain, a gold sheaf weighing 500 kg (1,100 lb), a 36 kg (79 lb) golden veil, 1200 ‘Sarappalli’ gold coin-chains that are encrusted with precious stones, and several sacks filled with golden artifacts, necklaces, diadems, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, gemstones, and objects made of other precious metals. (Source Wikipedia)

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