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Elections 2014 India

In India on April 16, 2014 at 07:40

With an Electoral population of 831 Millions, Eletions for The central Government is being conducted in States and Union Territories for 543 Lok Sabha

(Federal Government seats) seats. ( between 7April and 12 May 2014).

 

(This is an article I wrote for a French Magazine, taking into account the International Audience)

 

The Cost to the Election Commission which regulates and conducted Elections is Rs, 35 Billion.

 

India, Lok Sabha Elections are scheduled in April May 2014

India Election 2014.Image Credit . Ap News Corner.

 

The Political Parties will be spending US $ 5 Billion, second highest in the world after the US Presidential election 2012.

 

(This does not take into account the Black Money being spent by the parties and the candidates)

 

As general elections draw closer, ‘unaccounted money’ may account for over one-third of total Rs 30,000 crore estimated to be spent on these polls, a study says.

 

*(Rs I Crore in dollars is 214,431)

While various national and regional parties are estimated to spend Rs 8,000-10,000 crore for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, candidates at their

individual level may spend a whopping amount of Rs 10,000-13,000 crore, as per the study conducted by research think-tank CMS.

 

These figures include both official and unaccounted expenses.

 

Till the 10th of April, the Election Commission has caught about Rs,500 Crore.

 

The Election Commission has ordered seizure of money over Rs.Ten lakhs without proper documentation; Banks, Airports,Railroads ,Bus Stations are n the watch

 

The campaign trail is vast and all the known forms and some novel methods are used.

 

Internet ads, blogs,Paid News by TV Channels and Print Media,Media Advertising,Mobile Calls, SMS,Posters,Buntings,Leaflets, .. all tricks are resorted to.

 

Unique style of garnering votes in Tamil Nadu are,

 

Dropping a 500 Rupee Note in an Aarthi plate(traditional way of welcoming a visitor, where a plate with Turmeric powder and Vermillion is dissolved in water and shown to the Guest)

 

Attending personal functions like the birth of a baby, Naming the child, attending marriages, and even Death and offering Cash or donations in kind.

 

Offering Cheap country liquor, Biryani, a none veg delicacy free of cost.

 

Carting people to attend Party Public meetings in Lorries,Trucks, offering them Food, Liquor and Cash .

 

Visiting people at Home and offering them cash.

 

Falling at the feet of Elders and at times even children!

 

The Ruling Party at the centre in the UPA(United Progressive Alliance ) led by the century old Indian National Congress.

 

It has a Coalition of State Parties with their own agenda.

 

Against this is the NDA(National Democratic Alliance), led by the Opposition The BJP, Bharatiya Janata Party.

 

It also has a patch work of Regional parties.

 

Then we have a motley group of Third front , which belongs to none of the groupings above and are awaiting the results to form a Coalition sans the Congress and BJP.

 

The Ruling Party is besieged with scams galore starting with Rs.i,86,000 Lakh crore 2 G Spectrum allotment in Telecom Sector,Helicopter Scam involving crores of Rupees,ISRO (Space Agency),Housing irregularities and many more.

 

Also there were instances of moral turpitude by the senior party members.

 

The economy , despite claims that the Macro economy is performing well, the price of essentials are shooting up.

 

There is a Prime Minister who wields no power but the Government is controlled by the leader of the Congress party, an Italian woman , the wife of Late Rajiv Gandhi, ex-Prime Minister of India.

 

The Family has been ruling India for three generations starting from Jawaharlal Nehru, through Indira Gandhi, his daughter and by her son Rajiv Gandhi.

 

Now the party has indicated that Rahul Gandhi, son of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial Candidate.

 

The Opposition has announced Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, of the BJP party.

 

Curiously India does not have a Presidential form of Government.

 

It has a Federal set up where the leader of the major party in the Elections outings ,shall form the Government!

 

The reason is that the opposition has no Policies different from the Ruling party.

 

But the BJP off and on plays the Hindu Card, claiming that the Hindus are not treated equally in what is essentially Hindu Country , with the Muslims.

 

The ruling Congress party plays the Muslim card .

 

And both the parties play the Caste Card regularly.

 

Even now, the candidates are selected based on the caste considerations, that is the candidate belonging to the caste of the Majority voters are selected.

 

Both the parties are equally shy of giving equal opportunities for women despite proclamations to the contrary.

 

On the security issues there is no difference between both the parties.

 

Or On the Economic Policies.

 

So each party is accusing the other of corruption .

 

While the Congress is harping on Stability factor , the BJP is calling the Congress as Corrupt.

 

Then the deciding factor will be the regional parties, who can decide the formation of the Government when the results are likely to be fragmented.

 

Though the opinion polls have revealed a high gain for BJP and the lowest ever seats for the Congress, no party, except the BJP shall get simple majority.

 

This would necessitate the support of the regional parties.

 

They shall go in for their pound of flesh in terms of Cabinet berths!

 

And they have their regional agenda which will be difficult to fulfil in a federal setup, ( the regional parties also know this,)

 

The major States that have more Lok Sabha seats,shall decide the formation of the Government are UP (80),West Bengal (42),Maharashtra(48),AP (420, Tamil Nadu,Bihar (40 each)

 

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is nurturing the ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister if both the congress and BJP do not get simple majority.

 

And the Chief Minister of Bihar too has this ambition.

 

Therefore the result is likely to be , as of now, the BJP might get more seats way ahead of Congress , yet shall fall short of majority.

 

The Regional parties might play a vital role.

 

Yet the charisma of the BJP prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi might sweep the polls because of the inexperience of Rahul Gandhi who shoots himself in the mouth..

 

Interesting News.

 

Election is on for one seat for Mizoram on 11 April.

 

Twenty-two Villagers near Delhi travelled by rowing a boat across the Yamuna River,walked for 4 kilometres to cast their votes, covering a total of 90km on 10 April.

 

In Tamil Nadu, a Party’s candidate was withdrawn to accommodate an opposition party candidate, who joined the Party 48 hours before!

 

An actor who was a Leader of the opposition in Taml Nadu, beat up the candidate in the last Elections in Tamil Nadu.

 

 

He usually comes to Public Meetings roaring drunk and does not even remember the Candidates’ Name.!

 

Many actors are in the fray now, but no heavy weights now.

 

Four actors have become Chief Ministers and were very powerful and popular and in fact one is now the powerful chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and

a contender for the Prime Minister’s Post.

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Five Shiva Lingas By Sita Devi Panchalingeshwar

In Hinduism on March 31, 2014 at 17:25

Five Lingas were presumed to have been established Sita Devi during the vanavas of Lord Ram.

 

Nestling near the Nilagiri Hills( not the Nilagiri in Western Ghats ,Tamil Nadu) atop a hillock has a natural Spring.

 

 

The Spring washes over the Shiva Lingas.

 

Panchalingeswar is 25 km north west from Balasore.

 

How To reach:

 

Panchaligeswar comes under Balasore district.

 

Balasore is also the nearest city from Panchalingeswar.

 

Airport:

 

Bhubaneswar Airport (200 km) or Kolkata Airport (250 km).

 

There are regular transportation facilities between Panchalingeswar and Balasore, Odisha.

 

It can be reached from Baripada, 85 Km from

 

The nearest railway station is Balasore 30 km which is well connected to all major cities. By Road, Panchalingeswar is 30 km from Balasore and 85 km from Baripada. There are regular buses, taxis and shared auto rickshaw plying from Balasore and Baripada. You can also get an OTDC tour bus from Chandipur that goes to the nearby temples in the area. – See more at: http://eodisha.org/panchalingeshwar-temple-in-nilagiri/#sthash.Caqp48Q4.dpuf

 

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Square Hills 2 Shiv Lingas 8 Temples Cow Footprint Chaturagiri

In Hinduism on March 31, 2014 at 13:34

Chaturagiri is in Tamil Nadu,India and is a mysterious Hill, where a Shiva Temple nestles among verdant forest.

 

Even in this modern age, it is a difficult terrain to travel.

 

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There have been credible reports of paranormal activity in this Hill,

 

 

Of one being able to feel the Siddhas presence, following Pilgrims,floating in the air,mysterious sounds reminding one of chanting mantras,

 

Sathuragiri is home to many Siddhas.

 

Many Siddhas, both formless and with form, perform their penance in Sathuragiri

 

It takes about two days to trek the Hill, can be done in day but it is tedious.

 

Cave of Gorakka, a Siddha is here.

 

There are also the footmarks of a Cow in Hill, presumed to be made by the Divine Cow, Kamadhenu.

 

Legend:

The divine place Sathuragiri is surrounded by four hills, hence its name Sathuragiri or Chathuragiri.

 

It is said that the name Sathuragiri is derived from the Sanskrit word Chathur meaning FOUR.

 

Surrounding Hills form the Shape of a square, Chaturam in Tamil means Square.

 

Other names for Chaturagiri.

 

Mahalingagiri, Menugiri/Merugiri, Kailasagiri, Indiragiri, Sarvalogagiri, Suriyagiri, Brahmagiri, Siddhagiri, Yamagiri/Yemagiri, Sivagiri, Sakthigiri,

 

Udayagiri, Sanjivigiri/Sathuragiri.(Siva Puran)Sathuragiri

Legend:

Footmark (hoof-marks) of the divine/celestial/Indira Loga cow “Kamadhenu”.
Once upon a time, a devotee was on his way to Sathuragiri. In those days only a few people used to go to the hills, as it was thick forest with lots of wild animals. Since being new to the hills he soon got lost in the thickly populated mountains. Seeing this the Lord asks Kamadhenu, the divine cow to help his devotee and bring him back to the correct path. Kamadhenu immediately appeared before the devotee and lead him to the correct path. After bringing the devotee to the correct path, Kamadhenu, being a divine cow, had to travel back to its heavenly abode. In the process, of starting to fly, Kamadhenu gave pressure to her legs and the pressure was so immense that her hoofs left an indelible mark, that can be seen even today.

Gorakunda (Goraknathar Cave)
Goraknathar is one of the foremost important Indian Siddha. He is part of the 18 siddha tradition of South India. He is also one amongst the Nava Nath Siddha tradition of North India. He is also closely associated with Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism. He attained Siddha by mastering sound. The main siddha of Sathuragiri is Goraknathar. Goraknathar created thousands of new siddha medicines like Kayakalpa etc to attain immortality. Every 10th in the Tamil Calendar he appears in light form to his devotees at this place. On every no moon day Sri Kalimuthu Ashram offers a lingam made of Thinai Maavu and the same is worshipped.

 

How to reach.

 

By Air. Madurai.

 

Nearest Railway Station. Srivilliputtur,,Madurai,Virudhunagar,Theni

 

Bus station.Srivilliputtur,Madurai,Virudhunagar,Theni.

 

At the foothills (Vathirairuppu)
1. Vinayagar/Ganesha
2. RajaKali Amma
3. Paechi Amma
4. Karuppasamy

Of these, Paechi Amma and Karuppasamy were installed by Siddhars for guarding the southern side of the Hill.

On the way to Sathuragiri (after foothills till Sundara Mahalingam):
1. Two sanctums of Sivalingams inside two separate caves at Kora Kunda (Gorakkar Cave)
2. Two Lingams in a single sanctum called “Irattai Lingam” or Sankaran Narayan Lingams (Legend given below)
3. Vana Durgai Amma
4. Pilavadi Karuppasamy

Pilavadi Karuppasamy & Kali, are the guardian angels/gods of the Sathuragiri Hills. Vana Durgai Amma is the guardian of Sundaramahalingam temple.

They safe guard the area from evil forces. The pradistai of these three guardian angels/gods were done by the Siddhas of Sathuragiri hill.

Sathuragiri plays host to three temples. They are Sundara Mahalingam temple, Santhana Mahalingam temple and Anandavalli Amma temple.

Sundara Mahalingam Temple:
1. Sundara Murthy Swamigal Sanctum at the entrance of the temple .
2. Lord Sundara Mahalingam Temple (100 metres from Sundara Murthy Swamigal Sanctum)..
Santhana Mahalingam Temple:
1. At Santhana Mahalingam Temple, separate sanctums for 18 Siddhars, Lord Ganesha,

 

Lord Muruga, Navagrahas, Santhana Mahadevi (Sakthi), and Santhana Mahalingam (Sivam) are available. Satta Muni Cave can also be found nearby. (Legend given below)

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Anandavalli Amma temple:
1. Anandavalli Amma’s temple mandapam can be found behind Sundara Mahalingam temple. Anandavalli Amma is formless.

Only during Navarathiri she takes a form (Legend given below).
Puja Timings:
At Sundara Mahalingam temple the daily pooja starts by 6 ‘o’ clock in the morning.

 

At Santhana MahalingamTemple the daily pooja starts by 3 ‘o’ clock in the morning.

 

The two jama poojas are performed before sunrise. At both the temples Ardha Jama Poojas are finished before 18.00 hrs and closed. On full moon and new moon days, the puja schedule changes according to the visit of pilgrims.

 

 

  • Post Monsoon season is advisable for visiting Chaturagiri,
  • Sri Kalimuthu Swamigal Madam or Kanji Madam (Mob no: 93610 11741) provides place for people to stay. Check the Mobile number.
  • Barest facilities available.
  • Round the clock Anna dhaanam is served at the Kanji Madam Ashram near Sundara Mahalingam temple.
  • Travel light, carry breakfast/lunch, water bottle, snacks, torch-light, batteries, charger and a few clothing, bedding, toiletries etc.
  • Head load carriers are available for carrying luggage
  • Doli available..
  • There are no wash rooms on the way, as it is a forest area. 
  • Do not travel alone. travel with a guide.
  • Ammavasya and Pournami days would be crowded.
  • The darshan timings for Sundara Mahalingam starts at 6 am and ends at 6 pm.
  • Sandhana Mahalingam starts at 3 am

 

 

Citation.

Sathuragiri.

 

Images.

http://hill-temples.blogspot.in/2009/03/sathuragiri-mahalingam-temple.html

 

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Sonia Gandhi And Antique Idols Theft

In Corruption, India on March 17, 2014 at 11:09

There were reports that Sonia Gandhi was implicated in the Idols Thefts in India.

 

 

“What about the arrest and jailing of Sonia Gandhi for smuggling antique idols out of India.

On 1-8-02, smuggling of India’s antique artifacts by Sonia Gandhi was brought up in the Indian Parliament by a Samata Party member.

Many Indians have visited Italy and had seen the shops owned by Sonia Gandhi, alias Edvige Antonia Albina Maino. .

This has never been a secret. There is an antique store called Ganapathi in Orbassano, Italy, Sonia’s native place.

The shop is owned by her relatives. Her smuggling activities began during Indira Gandhi‘s premiership when Sonia was only Mrs Rajiv Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi an illiterate housemaid coming from a poor Italian mason’s family, money making was the first criteria, when she married Rajiv

. She never had education, but had herself certified as an art expert, which gave her the opportunity to certify Indian artifacts, as to which were museum pieces and which were not.

Election Commissioner Navin Chawla’s wife Rupika Chawla not only helped Sonia, but has even supplied Indian antiques to Sonia for smuggling in to Italy.

Sonia was close to Cultural Attache at the Italian Embassy and he used to smuggle artifacts via diplomatic courier bags which escaped customs inspection.

This Cultural Attache was later withdrawn by the Italian Government

. Antique smuggling and money laundering by Sonia with LTTE help was going on since 1984.

Boyfriend Quattrocchi,wanted in Bofors, was buying arms from Phuket, Thailand for LTTE. Rajiv killing by LTTE if probed further by CBI-led MDMA, of Jain Commission would have revealed the conspiracy with LTTE in the assassination of Rajiv killing.

Sonia systematically plundered and exported the ancient treasures of India, especially temple sculptures of Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, Mughal paintings and precious gems in Indian Museums, all protected and banned from export under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972

The CBI had in 1993 registered cases on such illegal exports from a Chennai suburb to an identified person in Italy. Festival of India was used as a ploy to smuggle out treasures.

In this Sonia took the help Arjun Singh while he was MP, CM, art expert Martand Singh, a Pakistani couple Muneer and Farida Attaullah, London based Pakistani ISI fixer Salman Thassir a prince of Kuwait, and even the LTTE.

Quattrocchi the Italian rogue was right hand man for Rajiv Gahdi. Rajiv Gandhi used to send faxes of cabinet decisions to Win Chadda which was seen by every one.

Annual holidays and even weekly holidays are spend together by Quattrocchi family and Sonia family together. quattrocchi was arrested on 6th Feb 2007 and yet the news has come out on 23-2-2007.

Sonia with the help of CBI and our tainted judges is trying to cover up the biggest theft of public money by Rajiv gandhi. Sonia bofors frozen money in the bank to her boy friend. Yet the media was silent”

Comment in The Times of India. dated 9 May 2012.

Sonia Gandhi Idol Theft.

 

Now there is news that Indian Officials did not follow-up the lead.

 

Implications?

 

Rebuttal of this allegation is welcome and there seems to be no rebuttals as on Date.

 

The Toledo Museum of Art has a mea culpa page on its website. Following widespread coverage of the Kapoor case in the media in India as well in the US, the museum has declared that it had bought eight items including a dancing Ganesha idol most likely belonging to Sripuranthan. The webpage acknowledges that similarities exist between the idol in its possession and the photograph of the idol sent by Tamil Nadu police.

But to set its record straight, the museum has said that it wrote to the Indian Consulate General in New York in 2013 requesting their assistance in establishing the true provenance of the Ganesha idol. It sent a letter to S Jaishankar, the Ambassador of India, asking for his assistance in February 16, 2014, but hasn’t heard back from Indian officials so far.

The lack of response from Indian consular officials is only a part of the red tape that needs to be cut to bring back the Kapoor treasures. The Tamil Nadu police here have a l s o b e e n bogged down by internal delays . Officials express frustration at the bureaucratic delays involved in reaching their letters of rogatory to the concerned parties. A senior police officer said: “Every letter prepared by CID’s idol wing police personnel in the state is forwarded to the Interpol division of CBI in Delhi.

Citations.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Indian-officials-in-US-ignore-museums-request-to-ID-idol/articleshow/32178998.cms

 

 

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Temple Vishnu Stands Alone Lord Ranganatha Stayed

In Hinduism on March 11, 2014 at 11:30

This is the Temple where Lord Vishnu appears alone in the sanctum.

His Consorts are not with Him.

Kodikulam Veda Narayana

Vishnu Stands Alone

This is Temple of Lord Veda Narayana who recovered the Vedas.

No utsavar.

Moolavar: Veda Narayana Perumal.

No Consorts.

Theertham:Brahma Theertham

Location: Kodikulam(Old name Jothiskudi),Madurai District ,Tamil Nadu.

Lord Vedanarayana graces from a small shrine alone. Mothers are not with him. Creator

Lord Brahma appears with one head (Brahamma has four heads) as He performed penance here.

The feet of Perumal are placed in the cave where once the feet of Srirangam Perumal adored.

There was a saint managing the Srirangam temple named Nampillai praised by the Vaishnava world as Lokachariar.

He had a devout disciple Vallal Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai who was blessed with a male child in 1205 in Aipasi (October-November) on Tiruvonam star day.

He named the child Pillai Lokachariar remembering his Guru.  The child grew in learning and was devoted to the service of the Lord.

Foreigners invaded Srirangam targeting the temple.  Lokachariar was 118 then.

Despite his age, he wanted to save the procession deity Azhagia Manavalan.

He covered the sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity by a wall, installed some idols there and carried the real procession deities in a covered palanquin and moved towards south with his disciples.

He came to Kodikulam enduring untold sufferings.

He worshipped Lord Vedanarayana, hid Azhagia Manavalar and performed pujas.

The invaders came to this place too. Lokachariar took the Perumal and reached the top of the hill.

When he came down holding the plants and trees for support, he fell down.

Even at such a critical time, Lokachariar held Perumal closely on his chest to avoid any injury to Him and fell down with his back to the ground.

He was seriously injured. He lived just three days then and attained salvation on Jeshta Suddha Dwadasi in the month of Aani (June-July).

Small creatures as flies and ants that had his touch also attained salvation.

His disciples used the garlands and the vastras on Lord for his funeral and buried him there itself.

They stayed there for a month and completed the rituals as per rules.

They returned to Srirangam after 48 years with the procession deity.

Later, a separate shrine was built for Pillai Lokachariar in Kodikulam.  On Tiruvonam star days, being the birth of the saint, special pujas are performed in the shrine.  Perumal holds Mahalakshmi on His chest.  But Pillai Lokachariar held Perumal Himself on his chest.  Kodikulam (Jotishkudi) where he attained salvation is near Madurai.

Lord Vedanarayana is in a small shrine alone without His consorts.

Creator Brahma performed penance here as a Brahmin with one head.

He is near Perumal.

Contact Information.

Temple Time: Opens at 8am… Priest can be contacted on the below number and he can open the Sannidhi for the devotees anytime during the day.
Priest : Veera Raghava Bhattar @ 94426 22181(Check the Number).

How to reach.
Number of mini buses from Y. Othakadai to Kodikulam.
One can also visit the Yoga Narasimha temple at Narasingam and take an auto from there to this Sannidhi.

Source:

http://temple.dinamalar.com/en/new_en.php?id=759

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