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Hindu temple in Illinois planned $2.7 million expansion

The Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield (HTGS) in Chatham (Illinois, USA), which is celebrating eighth anniversary this week, has reportedly planned $2.7 million expansion project. This expansion, to be undertaken in phases, will be built northwest of the current structure (a former Baptist Church); and will include a main prayer hall with a basement of the same size, also providing ... Read More »

Zed lauds Pope for exploring female deacons, saying equality long overdue

Applauding His Holiness Pope Francis for launching commission to study the issue of women deacons and calling it a historic move in the positive direction; distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed urged the Vatican to seriously look into ordaining women priests, which was long overdue. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, urged ... Read More »

Hindus commend Tokyo for electing 1st female Governor

Hindus have commended Japan’s capital and largest city Tokyo for electing its first female Governor. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, warmly congratulated Tokyo Governor-elect Yuriko Koike on election victory, thus creating history of becoming Tokyo’s first woman Governor. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that Koike’s election had raised ... Read More »

Hindu chariot procession held in Missouri

Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots) was reportedly held in St. Louis suburb of Ballwin in Missouri (USA) on July 30. Organized by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON); this Hindu chariot procession marched from Hindu Temple of St. Louis to Queeny Park in Ballwin. It included a chariot pulled by dozens of devotees over a mile using big ropes with ... Read More »

Hindus upset at Amazon continuing with items carrying images of gods “inappropriately”

Despite removing over 60 doormats carrying images of Hindu deities last month after Hindus protested, world’s largest online retailer Amazon.com continues to sell products with images of Hindu deities which upset Hindus find highly inappropriate.  Images of various Hindu deities—Shiva, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Kali, Hanuman—were seen on Mens Briefs, Legging Tights, Bedspread/Bedcover, Cigarette Case, Waist Pants and Women’s Capris; when ... Read More »

Hindu temple proposed for Nashville

A Hindu temple has reportedly been proposed for Nashville in Tennessee by International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO). According to reports, this proposed 33,000-square-foot and 500-seat temple on 5.8 acres plot is on the August four agenda of Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals (MBZA) in Nashville, requesting a special exception to construct. Currently area ISSO followers meet weekly in a rented ... Read More »

Cardiff Museum to exhibit Durga statues made by students

Cardiff Story Museum in Wales will be exhibiting life size clay images of Hindu Goddess Durga and her four children from August eight to 20, created by area students. According to reports, traditional clay artists from India worked with students from Cardiff School of Art and Design, Llanishen High, Radyr Comprehensive and Cardiff High to create these images. These will ... Read More »

Zed urges diverse religions not to worry about popularity of “Pokémon GO”

Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed has urged leaders of various religions/denominations of the world not to worry about mobile game “Pokémon GO” mania sweeping the world and becoming a powerful cultural force. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, indicated that “Pokémon GO” was a passing fad and religions had nothing to ... Read More »

Hindus urge Starz not to trivialize Hindu deities in upcoming TV series “American Gods”

Hindus are urging Starz and FremantleMedia not to trivialize highly revered Hindu deities Kali and Ganesh in their upcoming television series “American Gods” premiering on Starz in 2017. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesh were divine and Hollywood was welcome to create projects about/around them showing their true ... Read More »

Hindus welcome yoga classes at Paris airports

Hindus have commended launching of yoga classes at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports; calling it a step in the positive direction. These classes, being offered till August 13 on Fridays and Saturdays, include yoga and breathing exercises in the boarding lounges of Paris-Charles de Gaulle (terminals 1, 2A, 2C, 2E, 3) and Paris-Orly (South and West terminals) airports and are open ... Read More »

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