TORONTO, CANADA, July 24, 2017 (CBC News): Thousands from the Hindu community in Toronto and beyond turned out Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an iconic temple that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders." The celebration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, temple, located in Etobicoke, also saw His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj be given a key to the city of Toronto by Mayor John Troy. Mahant Swami Maharaj is the sixth spiritual guru of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).
"I am honored to recognize his Holiness' global and Toronto-based humanitarian, charitable, and community-building efforts through BAPS Charities Canada," Mayor Tory said in a press release. "His Holiness' great contributions have enriched Toronto." Spokesperson Nilesh Mehta says it took 6,000 tons of marble and stone, mined in Italy and Turkey, and 1,500 people to hand-carve the pieces, which were then assembled in Canada with the help of hundreds of volunteers. "That tells you something about the Indo-Canadian community, that Canada is our home. When you put up a building that's going to stand there for 1,000 years, that means we're here to stay."
TORONTO, CANADA, July 23, 2017 (Hindustan Times): Clad in emerald green kurta and white pyjamas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performed pooja at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto and said how deeply Canada values the "special" relationship with India. "The relationship between our two countries is truly a special one. It's a relationship our government and our ministers both deeply value and actively cultivate," Trudeau said at an event to celebrate the temple's 10th anniversary, which was attended by more than 7,500 devotees. He said he wanted to "recognize the importance of the bond between Canada and India. The more than one million Canadians of Indian origin have made countless contributions to our national fabric."
Trudeau, who started his remarks with "Jai Swaminarayan" and then a "kemcho" ["How are you? in Gujarati], said the temple perfectly represents "modern, diverse Canada." In fact, he pointed out, as travellers arrive at Canada's largest airport, Toronto's Pearson International, this temple is among the first landmarks they see. He pointed out that the temple, which was constructed without the use of steel, was built "according to principles outlined in ancient Hindu scripture. It is without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders with its intricate stone and wood carvings."
KAUAI, HAWAII, July 24, 2017 (HPI): Hinduism Today is preparing a story on the religious views of today's youth raised by Hindu parents, including those who no longer consider themselves particularly religious.
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A Swiss devotee visited Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), the sage of Arunachala. She was disturbed from having a vision of Siva. "Is He not the Destroyer?" she asked. The mystic replied, "Yes, He is the destroyer of sorrows. Siva is the embodiment of auspiciousness." -- Ramana Maharishi
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 19, 2017 (Google News): Thousands of pilgrims and locals queued up as early as 2 o'clock on Monday morning in the auspicious Shravan month to get a glimpse of Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred temples for the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is the ruling Deity of Monday and the Mondays of Shravan month are even more auspicious as the event of Samudra Mathan--churning of the ocean--took place in the Shravan month when Lord Shiva displayed his might by consuming all the poison that came out of it. Short video can be viewed at "source."