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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville (New Jersey, USA), currently under construction, will reportedly be spread over 162 acres and be ready in 2017 with an estimated cost of over $150 million.

“Mandir Mahotsav”, a series of celebrations and ceremonies to inaugurate this intricate

Hindus have strongly objected to the commercialization of Holi, Hindu “festival of color”.

Ticketed Holi celebrations are reportedly being held in various cities of United Kingdom and Germany in July and August and a ticket can sometimes cost about $56. Such celebrations are usually held from 12:00

Hindus have applauded launching of “Yoga Gate” at Helsinki Airport in Finland, calling it a “step in right direction”.

At this recently launched “Yoga Gate”, located in “harmonious Kainuu space” open round-the-clock near gate 30, passengers could take part in instructed yoga classes,

Hindus want Hinduism on equal footing with other religions when religious course bill is implemented in Ohio (USA).

Under this bill public school pupils could obtain school credit for religious coursework taken off campus during regular school hours.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed,

Only 22 percent Americans know someone who is Hindu, according to a Pew Research Center survey published on July 17.

This number is lowest than any other religion/denomination surveyed.  Catholics rank highest with 87 percent, followed by evangelical Christians, Jews, Atheists, Mormons,

Hindus have commended Church of England for saying yes to women bishops in historic vote on the issue on July 14 in York, overturning centuries of tradition.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was a big “step in the positive

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged General Synod of Church of England to endorse introduction of women bishops in historic vote on the issue on July 14 in University of York (United Kingdom).

It would be a “step in the right direction”, Zed, who is President of Universal

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