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World's largest Hindu temple -Angkor Wat

The Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust (BMMT) is going to build a bigger temple in Bihar’s Vaishali district by replicating the world largest Hindu temple in Combodia’s Angkor Wat.

The Hindu temple will be built at a cost of Rs 100 crores, the five-storied and 222-feet tall temple will come up at a sprawling campus spread over 15 acres at a place near Ismailpur village on Hajipur-Bidupur road, which will be christened as Angkor Nagar, BMMT’s secretary and ex-IPS officer Acharya Kishore Kunal said. Land worth around Rs 30 crores has already been acquired for the purpose from locals, he said.

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The proposed temple will be named ‘Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir‘ and it will house the statues of Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, Ganesh, Surya, Vishnu and ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

It will take up to 5 years to construct the temple and another five years to give the final finishing touches to it, Kunal said. On selection of the specific site for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple, he said the place has mythological significance as it was said that the deities Ram, Lakshman and Vishvamitra had set their foot on the village and were welcomed by the King Sumati of the Vaishali kingdom.

Aksharadam Temple

The ‘bhumi puja’ for the proposed temple will be held tomorrow, Kunal said adding the temple was being constructed to mark the centenary celebrations of the BMMTs. The Angkor Wat temple was built in Cambodia in the 12th century during the rule of the Cambodian king Suryavarman (1141-1152 AD)

Fury at plan for Indian replica of Angkor Wat

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A model showcases designs by Lisa Blue on the catwalk which enraged Hindus

An Australian swimwear label company, which generated a controversy by depicting an image of Goddess Lakshmi on a bikini bottom and front of a model, has apologised to the Hindu community for hurting their sentiments.

Does simple apology is enough for this wicked act?

The Swimwear firm and its products will be banned.

Indians burn Australian flag.

Australian swimwear label Lisa Blue sent its models down the catwalk at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney last week, sporting bright swimsuits which had pictures of revered Lakshmi on them.

Upset Hindus have welcomed apology from an Australian swimwear label over depiction of image of Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) held in Sydney (Australia) from May 2-6.

Hindus torch an Australian flag and photos of the designs

A statement attributed to Lisa Blue Swimwear, headquartered in Byron Bay (Australia), published at certain websites, said: “We would like to offer an apology to anyone we may have offended and advise that the image of Goddess Lakshmi will not appear on any piece of Lisa Blue swimwear for the new season, with a halt put on all production of the new range and pieces shown on the runway from last week removed. This range will never be available for sale in any stockists or retail outlets anywhere in the world. We apologize to the Hindu community and take this matter very seriously”.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that this apology was “a step in the right direction”. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Zed added.

The Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. She is one of the most popular goddesses of Hindu mythology and is known as the goddess of wealth and purity.

Lakshmi is commonly portrayed as a beautiful woman with four arms, standing on a lotus flower. There is usually one, or sometimes two elephants behind her, anointing her with water. She is often depicted sitting beneath the god Vishnu, massaging his feet.

Hindus Lakshmi bestows good fortune and success upon those who work hard and seek help sincerely. It is said that Lakshmi resides in places of hard work, virtue and bravery, but leaves whenever these qualities are not apparent any more.

Hindus worship Lakshmi the most on Diwali, the festival of lights. According to tradition, people would put small oil lamps outside their homes on Diwali and hope Lakshmi will come to bless them.

Additionally two days before Diwali, a festival called Dhantares is celebrated to seek more blessings from her. During this time Hindus buy gold and silver and start new business ventures.

Hindus worship Lakshmi at home as well as in the temple. Friday is believed to be the most auspicious day for her worship.

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Thousands of Hindu holy men, some naked and smeared with ash, took dips in the chilly waters of the Ganges river while surrounded by cheering, dancing supporters, on one of the most auspicious days of a festival expected to attract more than 10 million people

Naga Sadhus (naked holy men) march in a religious procession after taking a dip in the Ganges

The Kumbh Mela, touted as the largest religious gathering in the world, is celebrated every three years, rotating among four Indian cities; this time it is in the northern town of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganges

Disciples bathe their Guru on the first Shahi Snan, or royal bath

For Hindu devotees, the three-month Kumbh Mela offers the chance to wash away their sins with a ritual bath in the holy waters of the Ganges

Meanwhile in Kathmandu, Nepal a Sadhu attends Maha Shivaratri at Pashupatinath temple. More than 200,000 Hindu devotees gathered to celebrate the birthday of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath temple is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list

Pashupatinath temple is the biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva in the world and is located on the banks of the Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu

Many Hindu devotees and Sadhus travel all the way from India to pay respect to Lord Pashupatinath during the Maha Shivaratri festival which falls on February 12

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