Raj Shah Managing Editor Desh-Videsh Media Group

Editorial January 2024

Dear Readers,

A historic moment awaits on January 22, 2024, as Ayodhya prepares for the grand opening of the Ram Mandir, a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Ram. This long-awaited event, not just for devotees but for India as a whole, signifies the culmination of a journey steeped in history, faith, and cultural significance.

In the article The Grand Inauguration of Ram Mandir, we delve into the rich tapestry of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram and a focal point of devotion for centuries. Witness the architectural grandeur of the Ram Mandir, a masterpiece showcasing traditional Nagara style with intricate carvings and towering shikharas.

Unravel the fascinating facts surrounding India’s largest temple: its construction, the sacred soil used in its foundation,  and even the unique time capsule hidden beneath it. Learn about the holy water from 150 rivers and the special bricks inscribed with “Shri Ram.”

Feel the palpable excitement as the countdown to January 22 begins. Witness the meticulous preparations, the vibrant decorations, and the anticipation that fills the air. Immerse yourself in the cultural extravaganza that will unfold, celebrating Ayodhya’s heritage and the devotion of its people.

The Ram Mandir’s opening goes beyond religion. It’s a catalyst for economic and cultural growth, attracting tourists and pilgrims, boosting the local economy, and putting Ayodhya on the map as a major cultural destination. It’s a symbol of unity, bringing people together and fostering a sense of pride and identity.

As we stand on the threshold of this historic event, the world awaits with bated breath. The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is not just a temple; it’s a testament to faith, a beacon of hope, and a promise of a brighter future for the city and its people.

Next in the article, “A Republic Day Dawns with Promise: India’s Positive Outlook,” Dr.Ashish Sengupta talks about India’s current leadership in the world, and he also talks about the glorious future India has.

From snowy peaks to sun-kissed shores, across oceans and continents, let’s raise a toast to the spirit that soars! As the tricolor unfurls, a billion hearts unite, celebrating freedom’s symphony, bathed in radiant sunlight. On this Republic Day of India, January 26, 2024, we salute the dreams sown, the battles won, and the hands that weave our nation’s crown. May unity weave its golden thread as diversity paints landscapes spread. Happy Republic Day, fellow Indians. Wherever you may reside, carry the flame of pride in your heart as you feel very proud of India’s progress.

Let us celebrate India’s Republic Day with optimism! Dr. Sengupta’s article explores India’s promising economic future, fueled by positive forecasts from the IMF and World Bank. He also delves into the drivers of India’s growth, the challenges it faces, and the path to becoming a developed economy by 2047. He also explains the role of technology, sustainable practices, and inclusive growth in India’s success story.

He is also uncovering  the driving forces behind India’s positive outlook:

  • Economic strides: Witness the thriving economy, which is attracting global attention and propelling India towards superpower status.
  • Technological advancements: Dive into the cutting-edge innovations revolutionizing various sectors, from healthcare to space exploration.
  • Demographic dividend: Explore the potential of India’s young population, poised to be a driving force for future growth.
  • Strong leadership: recognize the visionary guidance shaping India’s trajectory, fostering stability and progress.
  • Unity in diversity: Celebrate the vibrant tapestry of India’s culture and traditions, where unity thrives amidst diversity.

Next, let us dive into “1893: Year of the Yogi,” a captivating documentary unveiling the untold story of how Swami Vivekananda ignited yoga’s popularity in America. Witness his electrifying 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions speech, where he introduced Hinduism and championed inclusivity. Experience vibrant animation, historical footage, and interviews with cultural icons as they explore Vivekananda’s lasting impact.

More than just a documentary, “1893: Year of the Yogi” is:

  • An untold origin story: Discover Swami Vivekananda’s pivotal role in bringing yoga to the West, a lesser-known chapter in its history.
  • A tapestry of voices: Hear diverse perspectives from music, sports, and religious leaders on Vivekananda’s teachings and their contemporary relevance.
  • A historical and artistic immersion: Archival footage and animation blend seamlessly, engaging viewers of all backgrounds.
  • A call for inclusivity: reflect Vivekananda’s message of acceptance and celebrate the richness of cultural exchange.

Now let me take this opportunity to introduce our new columnist, Hema Pradhyumnan. Aruna and I met Hema during the Akshya Patra Namaste 2023 event. When I had a one-on-one conversation, I found out that she is a certified yoga teacher and a very good writer.

In the article, Unwind Your Mind and Body: Discover Yoga’s Stress-Busting Power, Hema sheds light on the importance of yoga. This ancient practice, rooted in India for more than 5,000 years, offers a powerful toolkit for stress reduction and inner peace.

Beyond Physical Fitness: Yoga goes far beyond stretching and poses. It’s a holistic approach that harmonizes your mind, body, and spirit. By integrating asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation, you can:

  • Calm the Chaotic Mind: Our racing thoughts create constant stress. Yoga’s breathing techniques slow your mind, bringing focus and tranquility.
  • Slay Stress: Gentle poses and focused breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, easing tension and anxiety.
  • Find Inner Peace: Meditation quiets the mental chatter, allowing you to reconnect with your inner self and experience serenity.
  • Boost overall well-being: From improved sleep to reduced headaches and depression, yoga’s stress-busting benefits are well-documented.

Embrace Yoga’s Stress-Relief Techniques:

  • Pranayama: Learn controlled breathing to calm your nervous system and quiet your mind.
  • Meditation: Discover how stillness can melt away stress and unlock peace within.
  • Asanas: Move your body with awareness, releasing tension and finding balance.
  • Savasana: Experience deep relaxation in corpse pose, the ultimate stress-melting technique.

Accessible and Effective: Unlike other stress-relief methods, yoga has no side effects and requires minimal equipment. It’s adaptable to all ages and fitness levels, with modifications for physical limitations.

Invest in Your Well-Being: Start your yoga journey today and experience the transformative power of stress reduction. With dedication and practice, you’ll unlock a calmer, happier, and healthier you. 

Don’t forget to read two other articles from our regular expert columnists, Dr. Namitha Raju and Chahna Tailor Gupta: “I am sorry” and “Letting Go and attracting in the New Year” respectively.

And finally, let me remind you about our Myshadi Bridal Expo in Orlando. If you are a wedding professional, do not forget to reserve your booth. Because the Orlando Show is our flagship show, booths are going very fast.

Raj Shah Managing Editor Desh-Videsh Media GroupAnd if you are planning your own wedding or event, or if you are helping somebody who is going to get married, please register as a visitor and have a chance to win a free ticket to India.

Until then, be safe and be happy!

Raj Shah
Managing Editor

Desh-Videsh Media Group


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