World’s first Ganesh Chaturthi at Papakura Temple

32 Special Wooden Statues installed Venkat Raman Sri Ganesha Temple, incorporating ‘Karpaga Vinayagar,’ in the South Auckland suburb of Papakura became the first in the world to commence ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ Festival with special prayers offered to the Lord and other Deities on September 1, 2019. The event was exclusive to donor families and hence was not publicised. Thousands of people…

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Vinayaka Deity continues to grow in Kanipakam

An Amazing tale of a Temple in Andhra Pradesh Venkat Raman While thousands of Ganesha Temples all over the world marked Ganesh Chaturthi on September 2, 2019, the Festival would have been of greater significance to a handful of them because of their legend and religious heritage. Among them was the Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple in Kanipakam Village near Chittoor…

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Sanskrit Scholar, Ordained Monk honoured

Sanskrit Scholar, Ordained Monk honoured

Ragavan Rengachariar One of the most revered Scholars and Spiritual Leaders of the contemporary world was honoured in both sides of the Tasman in recent weeks. Bhadreshdas Swami was facilitated in Melbourne by Victorian Parliament Speaker Colin Brooks on August 31, 2019 and by his devotees in Auckland at press time on September 13. Felicitations in Melbourne Mr Brooks presented…

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Variety and quality of South Indian food in Glen Eden

Dine-In, Takeaway, Outdoor Catering and Corporate Events Venkat Raman An increasing number of diners in New Zealand are beginning to enjoy the culinary delights of South India, with the establishment of Restaurants with Takeaway and Catering facilities such as Papadums South Indian Cuisine in Auckland. Located at Unit 2, 4038, Great North Road in Glen Eden, the Restaurant, owned by…

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Special Prayers start early on Ganesha on Chaturthi

Pillayar Temple, Papakura, Auckland from September 1 to 12, 2019 Venkat Raman Auckland, August 25, 2019 Day-long prayers, three Grand Abhishekams, Special Prayers for the Lord, Bhajans and Processions are among the activities planned as a part of Ganesha Chaturthi at the Ganesha (Pillayar) Temple located at 4 Dent Place, Papakura in South Auckland. Remover of All Obstacles For more…

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With a heart of gold, Shanti Niwas marks a Silver

‘The Sold’ event is at Sudima Airport Auckland on September 13, 2019 Venkat Raman August 24, 2019 As Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust celebrates its Silver Jubilee, Indian Newslink takes pride in paying tributes to this Organisation, its Founder, Chief Executive, Staff, Volunteers and Supporters on achieving a significant milestone. More than 200 men and women are expected to attend the…

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An Innovative Approach to Family Violence

Laura Walters Government agencies are using innovative processes to remove barriers to addressing Family Violence. Two new initiatives aimed at removing barriers in the area of Family violence response and prevention are being developed through a little-known government technology Accelerator Programme. Accelerator Programme Lightning Lab Govtech, a public sector Accelerator Programme run out of WellingtonNZ’s CreativeHQ, is mandated to solve…

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A modern twist to a traditional festival in Canterbury

Shirish Paranjape  The month of Shravan (Monsoon) in the Hindu Calendar heralds the beginning of the Festive Season in India. One such Festival is Raksha Bandhan, meaning the bond of protection. This bond was celebrated in a very special way in Christchurch at a Festival organised by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (Hindu Volunteer Society) on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Harvard Community Hall, Wigram,…

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