Hinduism

Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice in Los Angeles

March 23, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-sublopez23mar23,0,5305794.column

On March 23, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "they've been gathering every Friday morning at 7 o'clock since Sept. 11, 2001, trying to keep the world from unraveling... Muslim and Jew, Hindu and Christian, Buddhist and Sufi, one of these and one of those. It's a Los Angeles crowd, for sure, and a nice idea... Love, peace, common ground... this flock of clergy and...

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Fears of Backlash as War with Iraq Looms

March 19, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0319story2_news.shtml

On March 19, 2003 Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the near certainty of war with Iraq raised hard questions and deep worries here Tuesday, perhaps especially with those who have cultural and ethnic links to the Middle East... At the University of Rochester [NY], sophomore Akshina Samtani questioned the need for war... 'I do understand we’re dealing with...

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Multifaith Celebrations of Humor and Laughter

March 14, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 14, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Hindu festival of Holi will be celebrated next week. Christianity's Holy Hilarity Sunday will follow on April 27, a week after most believers observe Easter... In Purim, which begins at sundown Monday and runs through sundown Tuesday, comedy masks pain. The holiday commemorates how the Jews in ancient Persia survived a genocidal plot by Haman, royal adviser to King Ahasuerus... playfulness is exhibited in the festival Holi (pronounced...

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Indian Community Worries After Attacks Made on Hindu Temples

March 14, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On March 14, 2003 India Abroad reported that "Three attacks on temples-- two on the Hindu Temple of St. Louis Missouri, and one on the Hindu Temple of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas-- have worried the Indian community in the United States. While the damage was negligible, the fear is not. The police and FBI are looking into the attacks. The police in St. Louis feel the attacks could be hate crimes. After a second firebomb attack February 28, six days after the first one, the St. Louis temple appointed a former police officer for...

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Hindu Temple Invites Community to Celebrate Anniversary and to Pray for Peace

March 7, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

On March 7, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "Raj Narayan Pathak and his wife, Rama Pathak, are visiting from Germany and are proud to make preparations for the seventh annual anniversary of the Sri Narayan Hindu Temple on Franklin Road in Yuba City [CA]... Saturday, the community is invited to join the anniversary celebration and pray for peace around the world, Pathak said. The Pooja/Havan will begin at 9 a.m. Pathak plans to lead his audience in prayer and giving offerings to the gods. Songs and chants are also planned... A...

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Hindu Ceremony: Car Puja

March 7, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/119/story_11957_1.html

On March 7, 2003 Beliefnet reported that "a car puja is a Hindu ceremony blessing an automobile to keep it from bad influences and to bless it in God's name. Hindus often perform pujas for items used in daily life: houses, motor vehicles, and sometimes home appliances. People try to do the puja before using the item, or as soon as possible after purchase. Puja details may vary from pujari (Hindu...

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Chicago's Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple Expansion

March 7, 2003

Source: The Beacon News

On March 7, 2003 The Beacon News reported that "the dream of thousands of worshippers at Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago will become reality this weekend, with the opening of a $2 million, 13,500-square-foot temple expansion... V. Nityanandam, a member of the building committee, said the addition is needed because of the growing number of worshipers at the temple... Skilled, specially trained artisans, called Silpies, had been scheduled to come to Aurora from India this month to complete the exterior of the...

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Update: St. Louis Hindu Temple Twice Vandalized, Suspects Apprehended

March 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/world/5313577.htm

On March 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "security is being stepped up for a Hindu temple that was firebombed twice in a week and federal agents are trying to determine if the attacks were youthful mischief or hate-fueled religious bigotry... No one was injured by the attacks that slightly damaged the Hindu Temple of St. Louis on Feb. 23 and last Saturday. The...

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Increases in Religious Buildings in West Omaha

March 4, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 4, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "West Omaha is undergoing a wave of religious building as churches expand to match the suburban population growth and a demand for better facilities... More than $ 25 million has been committed to projects either finished in recent years or under way. The cost of further expansions and new houses of worship in high-profile suburban locations could easily surpass $ 50million... The rate of construction is a strong sign of progress in Omaha, considering the current economic...

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