KERALA, INDIA, May 5, 2017 (International Business Times): Thrissur Pooram, the annual Hindu temple festival and also one of the most prominent festivals in Kerala will be celebrated on Friday, May 5, 2017 in accordance with the Malayalam calendar month of the Medam. According to the Malayalam calendar, the Pooram star (part of the Leo constellation) rises with the moon on May 5 and the ancient temples of Kerala celebrates this day grandly.
The name Thrissur originated from ”Thiru-Shiva-Perur” meaning ”The city of the Sacred Siva”. Thrissur Pooram was started in the 18th century by Raja Rama Varma, the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin. With millions of tourists thronging the temples, Kerala comes alive to the tune of music, drums and an array of brilliantly decorated elephants that are sent to Thrissur from all across Kerala. On the last day, devotees carry out a procession of thirty decorated elephants that are divided into two groups. While the first group carries the statue of Lord Krishna, the other group carries the statue of the Goddess.
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INDIA, April 30, 2017 (YouTube, press release by Rajiv Malhotra): Please watch this important episode concerning bias against prominent Hindu gurus. I spent many days investigating the legal case filed against Art of Living in which AoL was accused of destroying the Yamuna river (at the World Cultural Event 2016). In this episode, I am interviewing environmental and legal experts who have studied this matter. The mainstream media has once again failed to present a balanced view. It is vital that AoL’s side of the story must come out.
55 minute youtube video discussing this matter at ”source” above.
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