Devotional

Happy Lohri 2020: Send Special Messages To Loved Ones

Every year, 13 January is celebrated as Lohri but preparations for the celebrations start early. For example, people get their homes ready to invite guests and prepare delicious items for serving guests.Even markets are decorated for Lohri festival. Shopkeepers of Delhi NCR especially in Old Delhi markets are happy to see buyers in the market. Sikh community is more enthusiastic about Lohri than others.

Best wishes for Lohri

The best way to make Lohrimemorable for self and others is to enjoy it in the traditional manner. Also, you can send beautiful messages to family and friends on this occasion.

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Chandra Grahan 2020: The First Lunar Eclipse On January 10 Would Be A Fractured Eclipse

The first lunar eclipse of 2020 will be on 10th January. It would be a sub-shadow eclipse with a short duration of 4 hours. Lunar eclipse is divided into three broad categories – partial, full and fragmentary or sub-shadow. The sub-shadow lunar eclipse is weaker in comparison to the other two.

Full lunar eclipse: The earth comes between the sun and the moon and blocks the light going to the moon. In other words, it covers the moon with its shadow.

Partial lunar eclipse: Shadow of the earth covers some parts of the moon. The sunlight doesn’t reach the covered parts.

Sub-shadow lunar eclipse: The moon gets covered under its own shadow and for this reason, this lunar eclipse remains weaker in comparison to others.

Lunar eclipse timing in India

The eclipse would start at 10:36 pm on January 10 and reach its midway at 12:40 am and will complete on 2:44 am. The total length of this astronomical event will be a little over 4 hours.

Lunar eclipse in 2020

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Gurudwara Nankana Sahib Attacked And Anti-Sikhism Slogans Shouted In Pakistan

Gurudwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan came under attack on Friday. According to initial reports, hundreds of angry people surrounded the iconic gurudwara and started pelting stones at the devotees inside. Nankana Sahib was the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Attack on Gurudwara Nankana Sahib

It was said that the group attacking the gurudwara was led by a family whose boy abducted the daughter of a gurudwara official from her home and forcibly converted her to Islam. Jagjit Kaur was abducted from her home in Nankana Sahib in August last year.

Another report told that the scuffle was the result of a minor altercation between two Muslim groups in the city of Nankana Sahib. It happened at a tea-stall but the district administration swung into action and controlled the situation.

India condemns the incident

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh appealed Pakistan PM Imran Khan to intervene and assure the safety of the devotees stuck inside the iconic gurudwara. Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa also tweeted to condemn the wanton act of destruction.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan replied

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Why Pakistan Charges Rs. 200 From Each Muslim Devotee Of Kartarpur Sahib?

Gurudwaras are open to all but in Pakistan, Muslims are discouraged from visiting the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib. While the government has levied a charge of Rs. 200 for paying obeisance to Bana Nanak, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) doesn’t allow Muslims to visit the sanctum Sanctorum.

PSGPC on Muslims visiting the gurudwara

According to PSGPS president Satwant Singh, Muslims are kept out of the sanctum Sanctorum for fear of violations of Sikh code of religious conduct that makes it mandatory for visitors to remove socks, wash hands and cover head before entering the gurudwaras.

The president further said that since the staircase leading to the sanctum at first floor is narrow, the PSGPC had to prevent locals from entering the gurudwara to make way for visitors. He said that up to 5000 to 6000 visitors visit the gurudwara daily.

On the Rs. 200 charge levied on Muslims for paying obeisance to Bana Nanak, the president reasoned that had written to the government to waive the charge from Muslim devotees. But he said that Muslims should also follow the Sikh code of … Read the rest

SC Refers Sabarimala Temple All-Women Entry To A Larger Seven-Judge Bench

Supreme Court decided that the decision to review to end ban on women between 10 and 50 entering Sabarimala Temple in Kerala should be taken-up by a larger seven-judge bench. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi related the question of women of all ages entering into Sabarimala Temple to issue of Muslim and Parsi women and female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

What was Sabarimala Temple ban?

The apex court with a majority of 4:1 ended the centuries-old ban on women of mensural age – 10-50 – from entering the famous Ayyappa shrine last year. The SC called the religious practice of prohibiting women from 10-50 years of age as “illegal and unconstitutional”. It upheld the constitutional right of evert individual to practice their faith.

What is present status of Sabarimala Temple ban?

The court didn’t put hold on its earlier order hence there’s no ban on women of all ages entering Sabarimala Temple. The matter is only referred to a larger bench for decision.

What is the status of Sabarimala Temple ban?

Two women tried to enter the temple but were vehemently … Read the rest

Trump Would Celebrate Diwali Three Days Ahead In The White House

US President Donald Trump will celebrate Diwali in White House three days ahead of the festival. He would mark the beginning of Diwali festival in America by lighting a ceremonial “diya” on Thursday. No other details of the celebrations were shared by the White House spokesman.

Who started the tradition of celebrating Diwali in White House?

Barack Obama started the tradition of celebrating Diwali by lighting a ceremonial lamp in the US. It was in 2009 when Obama then the US President first lit a lamp to celebrate Diwali in his office. Trump is the second US president to celebrate the festival of lights in White House.

It is Trump’s third Diwali celebration in White House

Trump celebrated his first Diwali in 2017 in his Oval Office in the presence of a select group of Indian-American community leaders. He hailed the contribution of Indian community in the development of America after lighting the ceremonial lamp.

In 2018, Trump invited then Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna for Diwali celebrations. It is third time that Trump will celebrate Diwali by lighting a ceremonial lamp … Read the rest