Smithsonian showcasing Lord Shiva

The Smithsonian, “world’s largest museum and research complex” in Washington DC, is displaying three iconic Hindu Chola bronzes till early 2017. These reportedly include Shiva Nataraja (ca. 990), Shiva Vinadhara (ca 950) and Parvati (10th century) at Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Commending Smithsonian for showcasing Hindu artifacts, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a […]

Plans to promote yoga & India with Julia Roberts welcomed

India government is planning global campaign to promote India with Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman), per media reports. Reports, quoting sources in India government, point out that the plan is an international ad drive promoting India as the land of yoga with Roberts as its face. About 745 million people worldwide reportedly […]

George Mason University launching “Community Yoga for Activists” program

George Mason University launching “Community Yoga for Activists” program.. Hindus have welcomed Women and Gender Studies Center at large public research institution George Mason University (GMU) on launching “Community Yoga for Activists” program, which terms it an “inclusive yoga practice centered around community and social justice”. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in […]

Glasgow museum highlights Lord Shiva

Bronze sculpture “Shiva Nataraj” is one of highlights of award-winning Saint Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art (SMMRLA) at the heart of medieval Glasgow in Scotland. SMMRLA has three galleries of permanent displays exploring some of the world’s major religions through religious objects and works of art, as well as a gallery dedicated to […]

Yoga ban in a Sweden school

Yoga ban in a Sweden school.. Hindus have condemned reported putting a stop to yoga class in a Rydaholm school in southern Sweden and remarking that yoga is in league with the devil. Calling it a “step in the backward direction”, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed that […]

Hindus want health plans to cover yoga

Hindus are asking health insurance plans to cover multi-faceted yoga, thus making it more accessible and affordable. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that yoga reportedly promoted physical and mental health, cut down hospital/doctor visits and medical services, reduced stress, and was kind of a preventive medicine. How […]

Hindu temple opening in West Virginia

A new Hindu Religious & Cultural Center (HRCC) is opening in Morgantown (West Virginia) on April 30. Grand opening ceremonies, to be held on April 30 and May one, will reportedly include nutan prarambhostav, yatra, murthi sthapana, cultural program, kids’ activities, discourse, etc. Two priests, Samudrala Venkatacharyulu from Pennsylvania and Satyanarayana Sastry from Ohio, will […]

Gayatri Mantra launched 25th “Earth Day” celebrations in Nevada

Multi-faith invocation opened 25th “Earth Day” celebrations in Nevada on April 24, which started with Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of Hinduism. Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed directed this special multi-faith invocation; which included Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, Pagan and Native American prayers focused on healthier environment and respecting the nature […]

Hindus critical of protest at Brown University Hindu chants

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has termed reported protest at the Hindu chants performance on April 21 evening in the Smith-Buonanno Hall of Brown University (BU) as sad and inappropriate. The protest reportedly happened at an event, entitled “An Evening of Devotional Music”, which was described as “intimate evening of inquiry, music, and meditation” in […]

Third-eye embraced by Prince is a Hindu icon

Third eye, which performer Prince embraced during the last few years, was also known as divine-seeing eye in Hinduism, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement in Nevada today. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that icon of the third eye was attributed to Hindu deity Shiva. Third eye […]

Utah University launched yoga teachers training program

Hindus have welcomed the new yoga studies and teacher training program of Utah State University (USU) (respected public research university in Logan, Utah) being introduced in fall 2016, calling it a step in the positive direction. “A new program at Utah State University moves yoga out of the gym and into the classroom”, an announcement […]

Vishu 2016 – April 14 (Malayalam New Year)

14 April 2016 is Vishu, the harvest festival of Kerala which is observed on the first day of the Medam month (April – May) of Malayalam Panchangam. Vishu is the first day in Malayalam calendar. This festival is also celebrated in Tulu Nadu region in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In some places Vishu is known […]

Puthandu 2016 – April 14 (Chithirai Vishu, Varusha Pirappu)

14 April 2016 is Puthandu – Tamil New Year (Varusha Pirappu, Chithirai Vishu, Chithirai Pirappu, Chithirai 1). It falls on Mesha Sankramana (Mesha Sankranti day). Mesha Sankramanam is the transition of the Sun into Mesha Rashi (Aries Zodiac) from Meena Rashi (Pisces Zodiac). It marks the beginning of Durmukhi Nama Samvatsaram (Vijaya Varusha) in Hindu calendar.Durmukhi […]

Hindus commend Miley Cyrus for yoga promotion

Hindus have welcomed Hollywood singer-actress Miley Cyrus’, 23, repeated efforts at promotion of yoga and displaying some yoga moves. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, commenting on Cyrus’ Friday Instagram postings, in a statement in Delhi today, said that her frequent advocacy of yoga was reportedly resulting in the world youth seriously looking at incorporating yoga […]

Fire Accident at Puttingal Temple, Kollam – Over 106 dead, 250 injured

Fire Accident at Puttingal Temple, Kollam – Over 106 dead, 250 injured.. Over 106 people were killed and 250 others injured when an explosion took place at the Puttingal Devi temple during a festival at Paravur in Kollam at around 3 am on Sunday, 10 April 2016. As the temple festival was on, fireworks display had […]

Hindus welcome “heart change” of Oxford Theology to include Hinduism

Hindus have welcomed the change of heart of Oxford University for reportedly including Hinduism in the Theology course. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, called it a step in the positive direction, although it came very late. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that Oxford seemed […]

Lord Shiva’s statue to be dedicated in Alabama museum garden

Sculpture of Hindu deity Lord Shiva in Nataraja form will reportedly be dedicated at the outdoor sculpture garden of Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) in Alabama on April 10. In the age-old tradition of lost-wax casting, this bronze sculpture in the 30,000 square feet sculpture garden is 65 inches tall, reports suggest. Nataraja (lord of […]

Guyana’s school divides academic year in terms like Divali & Ramnavami

Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN), a Hindu Secondary School in Guyana’s West Coast Demerara, divides the school year in unique four terms: Divali, Ramnavmi, Vyasa Purnima, Grishma. Besides 15 standard subjects in its curriculum, non-profit SVN also teaches “Hindu Culture”, including Vedic Studies, Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Its history goes back to 1998, but it opened in […]

Delhi – Kamakhya Special Trains

Delhi – Kamakhya Special Trains..In order to clear extra rush of passengers during the summer, Railway will run special trains for Kamakhya in Assam and other destinations. While a special train for Kamakhya will be pressed into service from tomorrow for a day, another weekly Kamakhya Suvidha train will be launched from April 13. Delhi […]

Hindus urge Sydney Art Gallery to return Durga statue if found illegal

Hindus are urging the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) in Sydney (Australia) to expedite the provenance of its Hindu goddess Durga statue, and if proved stolen, return it to Hindu temple it originally belonged. According to reports, among AGNSW collections, a 140 cm tall early 10th century red sandstone statue of goddess Durga slaying the […]