Hindu World Wide News Network

"Hindu World Wide News Network" will have news and views about the Hindus spread across geographical boundaries, from East to West, from Japan to US.

Friday, April 29, 2005

World's first Hindu theme park

Its backers describe it as the "world's biggest ever mythological theme park". Hindu gods such as Ram, Hanuman and Krishna will be the central attractions for a 'Disneyland on the Ganges' in India. The aim of the 25 acre park, called Gangadham, is to recreate great moments in Hindu mythology through hi-tech rides, an animated mythological museum, a "temple city", food courts and a sound and light show.

The park is to be on the banks of the Ganges, in the north Indian pilgrimage town of Haridwar.
It is where the Hindu god Vishnu is said to have left his footprint. The town attracts more than 18 million visitors a year. "There is a huge amount of pilgrim traffic in Haridwar," says Shiv Sagar, the project's chief executive, "Gangadham is a spiritual theme park where children and families can go and have a good time, while learning about stories"

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Renovation of Krishna Mandir begins in Lahore.

The renovation of Krishna Mandir, the only active Hindu temple in the Lahore city, has started under the supervision of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). The restoration is expected to take three months and cost Rs 1.2 million.

Faraz Abbas, ETPB administrator, said that two halls would be constructed for worship and the top storey of the temple would be converted into an ashram. He said that the renovation would iron out the problems faced by Hindus during religious celebrations at the temple.

Abbas said that the Krishna Mandir was an old temple, built back when the Ravi River passed in front of it. The riverbank was made into a shamshan ghat (cremation site) and the temple sprung up to facilitate worship after funerals, he said.

The temple was among the many badly damaged in fierce reprisals of the December 6, 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in India. “The ETPB has renovated the temple many times since partition. The Hindu community celebrates many religious events with the help of the ETPB.” Many other proposals have been sent to authorities to renovate other temples and places of worship for minorities in Punjab. shahnawaz khan.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Modern exponents of Vedanta Swami Ranganathananda passed away

Renowned scholar, philosopher and president of the Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Ranganathananda, passed away on 25 April 2005 following a cardiac arrest. He was 96.

Born in the village of Trikkur in Kerala on December 15, 1908, the Swami joined the Ramakrishna Order at its centre in Mysore in 1926 at the age of 18. He was initiated into sanyasa in 1933. From 1939 to 1998, he served as the Head of the Order's branches in Rangoon, Karachi, Delhi, Institute of Culture (Kolkata) and Hyderabad. He became the president of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission in September 1998. The seniormost vice-president of the mission, Swami Gahanananda, is tipped to take over as the next president.

Swami Ranganathananda is remembered in his home State as "one of the foremost modern exponents of Vedanta.''

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