Jallikattu Protests and Preserving Tamil Culture

On Friday, the Central government approved a draft Ordinance by the state government to make an exception for bulls in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The people are too foolish to see who is actually behind this. While putting on a show of supporting traditional culture, they are removing the bull from the list of animals protected by law. It is now legal to engage in cruelty to bulls as they don’t fall under this law.

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Update on Building Rooms for Sadhus in the Forests of Odisha

Last year we mentioned our desire to build rooms for elderly sadhus who had been staying for decades in the forests around the Bhola Giri mountain range in Odisha. We would like to give you an update on this project. With your assistance we have been able to help elderly sadhus staying at three ashrams in the jungles around this sacred mountain.

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Living Siddhas of India: A Visit to Nityananda Baba of Odisha

A visit to the ashram of Nityananda Baba in Odisha. A very interesting sadhu with much mystic insight. He is accomplished in many forms of esoteric inner yogic sadhana and spends most of his time (20 hours a day) in meditation. In the future I will try to write some of my experiences with him, including a few mystical experiences which helped me to understand his position.

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Avudaiyar Shiva Temple and the Shaivite Saint Manikkavasakar


Avudaiyar Koil, also called as Thiruperunthurai, is a Shiva Temple located near Pudukkottai in South India. In this temple the great Shaivite saint, Manikkavasakar, was personally initiated by Lord Shiva. He became so intimately connected with Lord Shiva, that Lord Shiva instructed for this temple Manikkavasakar’s deity will be used instead of his own deity for all festivals and processions. So in this temple Manikkavasakar’s deity rides on Nandi around the temple in procession instead of Lord Shiva.

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