Interfaith prayers for Rain

Australia is going through a severe drought. Religious leaders of various faiths including Hindus participated in rituals to bring about rains. Hindu Priest is Pandit Prakash Pandey recited the prayers in Sanskrit. Mr Basu Banka explained the rituals and spoke at the Prayer Service.

 

A sum of $260 was collected for Buy a Bale charity.

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Take a quiz on Hindu Rituals

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1. Kumbhmela held at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna rivers is attended by a hand full of people? Yes/No

 
 

2. There are only 4 rites of passage and every Hindu must follow them? Yes/No

 
 

3. Samskara (rites of passage) celebrate major life events? Yes/No

 
 

4. Every Hindu must perform Rituals? Yes/No

 
 

5. In a Yajna, oblations are offered into the fire? Yes/No

 
 

6. Which of the following are samskars (rites of passage)?

 
 
 
 
 
 

7. Aarati can be offered to multiple Gods at the same time? Yes/No

 
 

8. Puja should have either mantra or bhajans sung in the praise of the Lord? Yes/No

 
 

9. In most Hindu temples, deity is woken up in the morning and set to sleep in the evening? Yes/No

 
 

10. Darshan of a Hindu God is an act of devotee seeing the Lord as well as Lord seeing the devotee? Yes/No

 
 

11. Each festival has some story and rituals associated with it? Yes/No

 
 

12. Food offered to God in a puja worship is only meant for God and cant be consumed by devotees? Yes/No

 
 

13. Puja (worship) can only be performed by a Brahmin priest only? Yes/No

 
 

14. Japa requires you repeat a mantra over and over?

 
 

15. A Hindu must do all the rituals inside a temple only? Yes/No

 
 

16. Yajna (fire-oblation) can only be performed during a marriage ceremony? Yes/No

 
 

17. Which of the following are places of pilgrimage?

 
 
 
 

18. Hindus in ancient time used to carry Ganga water with them for drinking when travelling overseas? Yes/No

 
 

19. A Hindu pilgrimage can only be done by visiting a holy place? Yes/No

 
 

20. A Hindu Aarati always has song accompanying the waving of a flame or a light?

 
 

21. Which of the following paths can lead to Moksha (salvation)?

 
 
 
 

22. A Hindu Aarati must have a lamp or a flame? Yes/No

 
 

23. Those following the path of Gnan (knowledge) do not have to do any Yajna? Yes/No

 
 


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Why sprinkle water around food before eating

Have you ever wondered why did your grand parents sprinkle water around their food before eating. Well, here is an explanation. Watch the video.

 

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