LONDON, ENGLAND, October 15, 2017 (ITV): There was dancing in Trafalgar Square on Sunday as people gathered to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Around 35,000 came to central London for the event, which has been hosted at Trafalgar Square on 16 occasions. The sunny setting was the perfect atmosphere for people from around the world to join in the dancing at a one of the country's most recognizable locations. Varsha Mistri from the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association said: "This is the place to be today for Diwali because it's just a huge celebration of London and all that's great about London."
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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, October 16, 2017 (Daily News): A Diwali festival celebration was held in Durban, South Africa on October 14th. The popular Hindu festival of lights celebrates good over evil and, symbolically, light shining in darkness. The festival attracts over 100,000 visitors who get to participate in the parading of floats and chariots, singing devotional songs, dances, games and more. A short colorful slide show is at "source" above.
ROBBINSVILLE, NEW JERSEY, October 16, 2017 (India West): Amidst a large gathering of devotees, BAPS leader HH Mahant Swami Maharaj inaugurated the Svaminarayana-siddhanta-sudha, a traditionally composed Sanskrit text, at the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple Sept. 17 here. The assembly was a celebration of three events: inauguration of the Svaminarayana-siddhanta-sudha; the Sri Kasi Vidvat Parisad recognizing Sri Svaminarayana's Vedanta as Aksara-Purusottama Darsana as Vedic and distinct from the other Vedanta darsanas; and the official announcement of Svaminarayana's teachings as the Aksara-Purusottama Darsana. Several dignitaries and renowned academics present at the event expressed their thoughts and praise for the text, including Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, chief editor at Hinduism Today.
Authored by Pujya Bhadreshdas Swami, the text is traditionally categorized as a vadagrantha - a formal exposition, justification, and defense of the philosophical and theological positions of a darSana. It is composed on the Aksara-Purusottama Darsana as it was revealed by Parabrahman Purusottama Svaminarayana. Swami Maharaj read aloud a proclamation letter that he had composed. Within this proclamation he illuminated the Vedic roots of Parabrahman Swaminarayan's revealed teachings, and announced that Parabrahman Svaminarayana's teachings would henceforth be recognized as the Aksara-Purusottama Siddhanta and that the darsanic title would be identified as the Aksara-Purusottama Darsana.
There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. The strength of noise and activity is great. But infinite is the strength of stillness and silence, in which great forces prepare for action. To be capable of silence, stillness and illuminated passivity is to be fit for immortality.
-- Sri Aurobido (1879-1950)
TELANGANA, INDIA, October 11, 2017 (Money Control): The K. Chandrasekhar Rao government in Telangana has allotted US$274 million, to develop Yadadri, a centuries-old hill temple, in a bid to build something on the lines of Tirumala's Tirupathi temple in the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple that lies two hours away from Hyderabad is dedicated to Hindu Lion God Narasimha and is set in a scenic locale surrounded by eight hills.
The reinforced agenda for the temple layout is to establish an 11-acre complex that will consist of seven domes. This will also include a 100-foot main dome, 1,400 acre tourist facilities comprising cottages, multilevel parking, and housing for temple priests. The temple will be spread across nine hills. A special purpose team has been set up, and it will deploy 500 sculptors. The first phase of the construction has been targeted to complete by May 2018 and the entire construction has been set to conclude by 2019. No mortar or bricks are being used in the construction, and only black granite stone will be used, in line with rulers of the Kakatiya dynasty there.