HPI – May 05, 2017.


TIRUCHIRAPALLI, INDIA, April 29, 2017 (The Hindu): A large number of temples, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas, remain neglected and it is the responsibility of every pious-minded person to ensure their proper upkeep and maintenance. Shortage of manpower is often being cited as the main reason for this neglected condition but the human resources of devotees, if channelized, would resolve the issue, said Velukkudi Krishnan, religious scholar and founder, Kinchitkaram Trust.

In his address as part of the day-long celebrations of 1000th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanujar at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple on Saturday, Mr.Velukkudi Krishnan said that he had been visiting a large number of temples in remote and interior villages where he had come to see the poor and neglected condition of the temples built during the ancient era. He explained the services rendered by Sri Ramanujar in evolving various teams of personnel and implementing various administrative, executive, supervisory and religious responsibilities.


UNITED KINGDOM, May 4, 2017 (Asian Image): A man who lived through the partition and has performed religious ceremonies across the North West for decades will be honored with a lifetime award at the Fusion Awards. Madhusudan Dave, now aged 92 was also involved in anti-British demonstrations as a teenager in Indian. Born in 1924 and originally from Mombasa, Kenya, Mr. Dave came to the UK in 1973 and since then has officiated hundreds of religious rituals in temples in the region.

His earlier life helped to define Mr. Dave who was a college student living in Ahmadabad during the Second World War. On arriving in Blackburn in the seventies, like many first generation Asians, he worked in the local mills. Then, as a brahmin he was asked to perform weddings. As time went on he became the focal point for communities and says he was blessed to be able to perform funeral rites.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, April 30, 2017: Chicago is home to museums centered around art, science, nature, children’s interests, various ethnic groups, broadcast communications and even surgical science. It can now add the vegetarian/vegan movement to the list. Chicago resident Kay Stepkin created what is believed to be the first museum of its type in the country and likely in the world. The idea for the National Vegetarian Museum surfaced for her about three years ago after she appeared on a local radio show to discuss the history of the vegetarian movement in Chicago.The appearance went so well that Stepkin was asked to speak to other groups around the city, which forced her to dig deeper into the history to be better prepared. That research prompted the idea of the museum. ”I knew if I didn’t know about our history, neither did anyone else,” she said.

Using a private donation of $90,000, Stepkin, with the help of a museum consultant, created a traveling multi-panel and video exhibit that is currently making month long appearances at various public libraries around the city. The exhibit will remain on the city’s South Side at the Avalon library through the middle of May 18 and then reopen later the same day at the West Belmont library branch. Stepkin hopes to find a permanent location for the exhibit by February and come up with a long-term funding plan. She also would like to send traveling versions around the country tailored for individual cities and/or organizations.

More of this interesting history at ”source” above

Also, the video A Brief History of Vegetarianism – Presented by the National Vegetarian Museum can be viewed here:


Let there be no neglect of the duties to the Gods and the fathers. Be one to whom the mother is a God. Be one to whom the father is a God. Be one to whom the teacher is a God. Be one to whom the guest is a God.
— Krishna Yajur Veda, 1.11.1


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