02:03 pm Mathura: The famous ISKON temple in Mathura has issued an advisory, asking all foreign devotees not to visit the temple for the next two months. The advisory is being circulated through other ISKON temples in other countries. The advisory has been issued in view of the coronavirus outbreak since the maximum number of suspected cases has been found in the neighbouring Agra district. The ISKON temples across the globe, and particularly in Mathura, attract the largest number of Lord Krishna devotees. Run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the temple is taking extra precaution against the virus. All its staff members have been asked to wear masks and the devotees coming to the temple are being made aware of the precautions needed to guard against Corona virus. According to sources, the ISKON management has asked some foreign devotees camping in the temple complex to educate other foreign devotees about the virus. Meanwhile, the district administration is asking devotees to wear masks and wash their hands frequently. "We cannot stop people from visiting Mathura since this is the peak festive season of Holi and there are already thousands of tourists here. However, we are still asking the various temple managements to create awareness and request the devotees to take preventive measures," said a district official. With COVID-19 cases beginning to show an upward trend in the country, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday updated Parliament over the measures taken by the government to contain the disease. The Minister said that they were fully geared up to battle the virus. He told the Parliament, "As on March 4, at least 28,529 persons were brought under community surveillance and are being monitored," adding "The Prime Minister is personally monitoring the situation." At least 29 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country till Thursday. Source: IANS
02:03 pm Lucknow: Observing the festival of Holi could bring in more benefits if one plays with colours that were suited to an individual's Zodiac sign. Astrologers would like us to believe in choosing colours based on planetary positions can help in warding off evil and also negate the bad effects of planets. "This is similar to colour therapy. Just like people wear a particular colour on particular days and astrologers' advice some people to avoid wearing a particular colour, playing Holi with favourable colours enhances one's mood and life," said astrologer Acharya Sandeep Trivedi. Astrologers claim that Holi, this year, will see powerful planets Jupiter and Saturn in their respective positions. The astrologer explained that the role of 'navgraha' (nine planets) in our horoscope governs our birth, how we spend our life, death and beyond. "The nine planets reflect rays of different colours. If a person is facing a rough patch under Saturn, also known as 'Shani sadhe-saati' (difficult period of 7.5 years), then he or she must play Holi with black and blue. These colours offer a healing touch for worries, stress and anxiety," he explained. The astrologer maintained that those 'affected by Saturn' should avoid red colour which stands for planet's enemies -- the Sun and Mars. Those with the Aries or Scorpio signs, should play Holi with red as it will discard ill effects of Mars, which is their governing planet. Similarly, Taurians and Librans, ruled by Venus, should go for shiny white to ward off evil influence of 'Shukra'. Gemini and Virgo, ruled by Mercury, should use green to buffer the negative influence of 'Buddh' . Cancer is ruled by the moon. Those undergoing a bad phase must use white. Leo, on the other hand, is ruled by the sun and hence, red and orange are very favourable for them. Sagittarians and Pisceans, ruled by Jupiter, should go for yellow and golden that symbolize the virtues of 'Brihaspati'. Those aspiring to earn the virtues of the planet should use yellow in abundance. Capricorn and Aquarius are once again ruled by Saturn. Hence, black and blue in any form will earn the goodwill of 'Shani' for those who are affected by the planet's unfavorable position in their horoscope. Source:IANS
12:02 pm Thiruvananthapuram: If you firmly believe that stars and planets and their movement in the celestial space can play a vital role in the relations of two nations, there is good news: A Kerala numerologist has predicted the dawn of a new era in the Indo-US relations with the visit of US President Donald Trump. M.K. Damodaran -- a 67-year-old retired government employee -- claimed on Tuesday that his prediction is based on the calculations he arrived at after considering the dates of birth of Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said his past predictions that came true include India's victory in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and US topping the medal tally in the 2012 London Olympics. Damodaran said that the birth number of both leaders is 5, which represents planet Mercury. Besides the sun sign of Trump is Gemini, which is owned by planet Mercury which is represented by number 5. Likewise, he claimed, Modi's sun sign Virgo is owned by Mercury, and is also related to number 5. Drawing a comparison with India-US relations during the rules of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Bill Clinton in the two countries, he said that even then their numerological connection was good. Besides, he claimed, the occult number of Donald Trump is 3, the same as India's. Source: IANS
04:02 pm Prayagraj: With barely five days left for the Magh Mela to wrap up, devotees are now rushing with donations to various 'akharas' and camps. The unusual thing about giving 'dakshina' (donations), this year, is that a large section of devotees are making cashless payments, most of them through the BHIM app. Sarthak Upadhayaya, a devotee, said, "I have spent about a fortnight at the Magh Mela and I have been served food thrice a day at my Guru's ashram. It is my duty to offer whatever I can to the ashram. Since cash is in short supply, I have made a cashless transaction this year. Some other ashrams have even got the POS (point of sale) machine for those who do not have apps." The Aum Waheguru Rishi ashram has been operating its 'Annakshetra' where around 40,000 devotees are served food thrice a day. The members at the ashram offer 'dakshina' either directly to the account of the ashram through BHIM app or in cash. The ashram has been encouraging its members to make online donations during prominent religious events. According to office-bearers, the ashram does not receive donations from devotees visiting their camp but only from members of the ashram. Swami Satyanand Saraswati Satyam, who manages the Annakshetra of the ashram, said, "We have been coming to Teerthraj Prayag for last 35-40 years to attend Kumbh, Ardh Kumbh and Magh Mela. We have also been attending Kumbh Melas in Ujjain, Trimbakeshwar in Nashik and Haridwar along with Surya Grahan Mela at Kurukshetra. Donations are an integral part of the camp. We introduced cashless donations after demonetization in 2017."
02:07 pm Haryana Police filed an FIR against self-styled religious leader Radhe Maa and her followers after being attacked "for asking questions" by a journalist in her presence. While Radhe Maa was booked for allegedly threatening the journalist, a group of followers have been charged with assualt. The incident occurred on Sunday evening when Radhe Maa went to a Kanwar Shivir in Panipat to attend a Shivir
04:07 pm Dharamsala, Inspired by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's philosophy of compassion as a source of happiness, billionaire philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has donated $100 million to the University of California San Diego for the scientific research on empathy and compassion and to cultivate these qualities in doctors and healthcare professionals. "I have been inspired by the work and teachings of the Dalai Lama, whose interest in the intersection where science and faith meet is deep and profound," Sanford said in a statement. "Doctors work in a world where compassion is essential, but it is often lost in the harsh realities of modern medicine. If we can help medical professionals preserve and promote their compassion, based on the findings of hard science, the world can be a happier, healthier place. This gift extends that vision," the statement added. Officials in the Dalai Lama's office told IANS that philanthropist Sanford had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama when he visited the University of California San Diego in 2017. Earlier in 2012, the Dalai Lama had visited the University on his "Compassion Without Border" tours. His Holiness' message of global compassion with an emphasis on education and scientific inquiry in the realms of ancient wisdom made an impression on Sanford and scientists and scholars at the university. And now, the message has inspired Sanford to make a donation. Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences David Brenner said in May 2017 he had led a delegation of university physician-scientists to India, where they met with His Holiness to discuss effective ways to cultivate empathy and compassion in healthcare. The meeting helped Brenner iron out the final details of Sanford's new $100 million gift to the university. Then in June 2017, his Holiness gave the University of California San Diego commencement keynote address on "The value of education, ethics and compassion for the well-being of self and others." "The Dalai Lama said that we must show that there is a scientific basis to empathy and compassion," Brenner said. "That's what Denny's gift will help scientists do," he added. With the landmark funding, the university has launched the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion which conducts innovative research into the neurological basis of compassion, establishing the empirical evidence required to design a compassion-focused curriculum for training new generations of medical professionals and developing new methods to protect and promote the well-being of current clinicians and their patients. Officials of the Dalai Lama's office, which is based here, say the spiritual leader visits places only on invitation. And he prefers visiting universities and educational institutions to speak on peace, non-violence, environment, promoting human values and Buddhism. Ever since he fled Tibet in 1959, the Tibetan spiritual leader has travelled to more than 50 countries and met with presidents, prime ministers and crown rulers of major nations, said his aides. In the past five years, the Dalai Lama's preferred foreign destinations have included Japan, the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France. source:ians
09:07 am Jammu:After closing suspended due to terrible weather for a day, the Amarnath Yatra resumed on Saturday as round 4000 pilgrims set out for the holy Himalayan cave, police stated. Of the entire 3,926 pilgrims, who left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas -- one escorted convoys of 1,608 pilgrims headed to Baltal, while 2,318 to Pahalgam. because the pilgrimage started out on July 1, a complete of 3,14,584 pilgrims have paid their obeisance before the ice stalagmite shape stated own the mythical power of Lord Shiva. The footfalls on the cave have broken several previous records. On Friday, five,745 pilgrims had "darshan" at the cave shrine, an professional stated, at the same time as further boost of devotees in the direction of the shrine from Jammu changed into checked following inclement weather along the Jammu-Srinagar dual carriageway. situated at a top of 3,888 metres above the sea-stage within the Himalayan levels in Kashmir, the ice shape waxes and wanes with the levels of the moon. so far, 26 pilgrims have died all through the yatra. similarly to this, volunteers and two protection men also lost their lives. The yatra will finish on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima pageant.
08:07 am Chandigarh: On Wednesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh published the first volume of a coffee table novel from the state government on Guru Nanak Dev's 550th Prakash Purb festivities. The coffee table book, published in the presence of the ministerial committee, comprises of 70 pages that illustrate vividly the unique ##s that took place as part of the festivities from November 2018 to June 2019. The events mentioned include the laying of the Kartarpur Corridor Foundation, as well as numerous other works devoted to the historic occasion. The publication outlined various initiatives initiated by the state government. Various projects launched by the state government have been highlighted in the publication. In addition to rare manuscripts, the coffee table book also provides an account of book exhibitions on Guru Nanak Dev ji's life and philosophy.
10:07 am Jammu, Over 2.70 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra during the last 21 days as another batch of 3,178 pilgrims on Monday left Jammu for Kashmir Valley, officials said. Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said since the Yatra started on July 1, a total of 2,72,004 pilgrims had 'darshan' inside the cave shrine. Police said another batch of 3,178 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys. "Of these, 1,544 are going to Baltal base camp while 1m634 are going t o Pahalgam base camp," a police officer said. Situated 3,888 metres above the sea level in Kashmir's Himalayas, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees. The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the Moon. Pilgrims approach the cave shrine either through the longer 45 km long Pahalgam route or the shorter 14 km long Baltal route. Those using the Baltal route return to the base camp the same day after performing the Yatra. Helicopter services are available for the pilgrims at both the base camps. Local Muslims are lending a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren can perform the Yatra with ease and convenience to uphold the centuries-old tradition of Kashmir, abode of saints and Sufis. The cave shrine was discovered in 1850 by a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik. To reward the shepherd, a saint gave him a bag of charcoal that turned out to be gold, says the local folklore. Symbolically, the lore turned out to b e true. The descendants of the shepherd have shared a portion of the offerings at the cave shrine for over 150 years. This year's Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. source:ians
10:07 am Amritsar, An outpost of the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Pakistan frontier here is thronged by scores of devotees daily. They visit the Viewers' Gallery at the outpost to have a glimpse, using binoculars, of a white-coloured gurdwara located in Pakistan. The shrine is Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara, situated in Narowal area of Pakistan's Punjab Province. The gurdwara building is visible on clear days from the elevated Viewers' Gallery. "Suddenly, the flow of people has increased here. On weekends and holidays, there is a huge rush and sometimes it is difficult to manage," a BSF official posted at the gallery told IANS. Enthusiasm among the devotees is growing against the backdrop of a corridor being built to enable pilgrims to visit the highly revered Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place. "For us, the upcoming corridor is a link that takes our faith and devotion closer to the God," said octogenarian Mahinder Pal Singh, one the visitors to the Viewers' Gallery. Devotees, especially the Sikhs, have been demanding for over 70 years a visa-free "khule darshan" (free obeisance facility) at the gurdwara for all faiths, from India and overseas, all seven days a week. Work on the project is at an advance stage and the corridor is targeted to be ready by October 31, a week before the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.