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Was Taj Mahal a Vedic Temple?


BY PHILIP VARGHESE

Mar 27, BOMBAY (DISPATCH & COURIER) — Author Stephen Knapp, in his website claims that he has photographic evidence to prove that the Taj Mahal was a vedic temple.

We have all heard how the Taj Mahal, which is considered one of the great seven wonders of the world was built as the preeminent expression of a man’s love for a wife. That it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in commemoration of his wife Mumtaz. However, in his continuous effort to get to the truth, author Stephen Knapp has recently acquired some very important documents and information on Taj Mahal which has been listed on his website — www.stephen-knapp.com.

Stephen studied with Swami Prabhupada and was given the name Nandanandana dasa. He became initiated into the spiritual line of Brahma-madhava-gaudiya sampradaya. He is also the president of the Vedic Friends Association.

In his website, Stephen presents photographs that show Vedic influence found in the Taj Mahal. It also presents photos of drawings and art that have been discovered from other parts of the world, such as Arabia, Egypt, Greece and Italy, which show a definite Vedic influence.

Accord to Stephen-Knapp, there is evidence that the Taj Mahal was never built by Shah Jahan. “Some say the Taj Mahal pre-dates Shah Jahan by several centuries and was originally built as a Hindu or vedic temple or palace complex. Shah Jahan merely acquired it from its previous owner, the Hindu King Jai Singh. This controversy is something I have explained more thoroughly in my book, “Proof of Vedic Culture’s Global Existence.” So, for those who want to know the details of this issue, you can find it there.

And here is the photographic evidence that will provide greater insights into this. The point to consider is how much more of India’s history has been distorted if the background of such a grand building is so inaccurate,” says stephen-knapp in website. (more…)

March 30, 2007 at 10:22 pm 7 comments

Rama Navami Celebrations Mayapur – The Children Steal the Show


BY LILA DEVI DASI 

Mar 28, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL (WED) —

“In our childhood we had the occasion of taking part in a drama, Caitanya-Lila. I took the part of Advaita, and our friends, others, somebody took the part of Caitanya, Nityananda. So that drama was so successful, it was unique in Calcutta. Because we were not, we were not professionals. I saw from the stage a huge gathering, they’re all crying. I was surprised, “Why these people are crying?” You see? It was great successful, because we were not professionals. We were not devotees at that time, but some of us were devotee by family tradition, but not exactly what is actually meant by devotee. But still, because we were not professionals, the drama was so successful, unique.” (Srila Prabhupada, Conversations, Montreal, August 26, 1968)

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March 29, 2007 at 5:23 pm 1 comment

Srila Prabhupada on Sri Rama Navami

 

Mar 26, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Lord Ramacandra’s auspicious Appearance Day, March 27, 1969, Hawaii.

Lord Rama on Horseback
Raghugarh, Rajasthan c. 1750-1775

Prabhupada: (Chants Mangalacarana prayers)

ramadi murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan
nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu kintu
krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

“This is a verse from Brahma-samhita in which the incarnation of Lord Ramacandra is described. Ramadi. Not only Rama, but there are many other, innumerable incarnations. They are compared with the waves of a river. As the waves of the river or the waves of the ocean cannot be counted, similarly, how many incarnations are there of the Supreme Lord it is not possible to count. But out of them, the principal names are mentioned in the sastras. Therefore it is said ramadi. Ramadi means Rama and also other, many incarnations. And they are existing. Not that one incarnation appeared and it is finished. No. Not like that. Just like Lord Ramacandra appeared on this planet, say millions of years before. He appeared in the Treta-yuga. Treta-yuga means… We have passed only five thousand years of this age, Kali-yuga. Before that, there was Dvapara-yuga. Dvapara-yuga means 800,000 years. And before that, there was Treta-yuga, which continued for twelve hundred thousands of years. That means at least two million years before Lord Ramacandra appeared on this planet.”

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March 27, 2007 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Thousands Gather for Annual Holi Festival


Mar 26, SPANISH FORK, UTAH (DAILY HERALD) — Three thousand people descended on rural Spanish Fork on Saturday afternoon for dancing, a vegetarian buffet, bonfire and ritual witch burning capped with a colored powder fight, chanting, singing and moshing.

The annual Holi festival of colors at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork is growing exponentially. The event drew a thousand people more than last year. Some people had to park more than a half-mile away and walk to the temple because so many cars were lined up.

Holi celebrates the ancient story of Holika, a demoness who, immune to fire, burned scores of children before trying to burn a child named Prahlad. When Prahlad prayed to Lord Vishnu, Holika was burned instead. The festival commemorates that victory, according to organizers.

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March 27, 2007 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

Lord Ramacandra’s Nrisimha-Panchamrita


BY PAYONIDHI DASA

Mar 25, MARYLAND, USA (SUN) — [These prayers are from the 47th chapter of the Harivamsa Purana which narrates the story of Lord Ramacandra’s visit to the holy place of Ahobilam to see the Deity of Nrisimha, where Lord Nrisimha appeared and saved His devotee Prahlada.]

ahobalam narasimham gatva ramah pratapavan
namaskutya sri nrisimham astaushit kamala patim

The glorious Rama once visited Ahobala where He saw the Deity of Lord Nrisimha. He offered His obeisances to Lord Kamalapati (husband of the Goddess of Fortune) and prayed as follows. (more…)

March 26, 2007 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

‘Trans-national Devotees’ In Mangalore

Mar 23, MANGALORE, INDIA (DHNS) — Meet the safari group of ‘transnational devotees’ of Lord Krishna, comprising over 220 members hailing from across 50 different countries of the world, who have dedicated themselves for the cause of entering Krishna Prajna (Krishna consciousness).

Mangalore railway station in the morning on Thursday had been simply transformed into a ‘global village’ in the real sense. You could have been either in United States or Australia or Europe or even in South Africa simultaneously, without touring around the world!

In other words, one could have met the people from a number of countries across the globe, just being one among the large number of above said ‘transnational devotees’.

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March 25, 2007 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

When KGB Closed in on Lord Krishna


BY SUDESHNA BANERJEE

Mar 19, CALCUTTA, INDIA (TELEGRAPH) — An Armenian pens his life in the former USSR, claiming he was tortured in prison for spreading his faith.   

For 730 days, Gagik Buniatyan ate bread. So what? Well, for 730 days Buniatyan ate only bread, very coarse and just three slices. That was all that the 23-year-old was allowed while serving time in a Siberian labour camp, where temperatures dipped to – 50 degrees Celsius.

Gagik Buniatyan leafing through a copy of Salted Bread; (below) Buniatyan as an armyman in 1982.
[Photo by Sanat Kumar Sinha]

Buniatyan was neither a killer, nor a thief, but for his faith, which, in the eyes of the Soviet Union’s secret police KGB, he says, was just as bad. As a vegetarian, bread was the only thing he could have. To make the bread go down, he put some salt on it to produce some saliva.

For 730 days, Gagik Buniatyan ate bread. So what? Well, for 730 days Buniatyan ate only bread, very coarse and just three slices. That was all that the 23-year-old was allowed while serving time in a Siberian labour camp, where temperatures dipped to – 50 degrees Celsius.

Buniatyan was neither a killer, nor a thief, but for his faith, which, in the eyes of the Soviet Union’s secret police KGB, he says, was just as bad. As a vegetarian, bread was the only thing he could have. To make the bread go down, he put some salt on it to produce some saliva.

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March 20, 2007 at 9:53 pm Leave a comment

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