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August 5, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Northridge congregation that dwindled to 10 members is complaining that cash-needy regional Baptist administrators are selling its church building to a group of Hindus whom Baptist protesters referred to as "pagans" and "a cult." The Valley View Baptist Church on Roscoe Boulevard "has been sold out from under us" by the Conservative Baptist Assn.'s Southern California headquarters in Anaheim, pastor Arthur B. Houk said this week.
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October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
NEW DELHI -- At least 89 people died Sunday in a stampede near a Hindu temple in central India when people panicked on a crowded bridge. In addition to the confirmed death toll, many of the 100 injured were in critical condition, so the death toll was likely to rise, according to Dilip Kumar Arya, Chambal Range deputy inspector general of police. [Updated at 9:33 p.m. Oct. 13: The death toll rose to at least 109. ] Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered at the Ratangarh temple in central Madhya Pradesh state Sunday morning for the last day of a nine-day religious festival when a crowd bolted on a packed bridge, authorities said.
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NEWS
August 4, 1993 | Associated Press
Two bombs exploded Tuesday on the grounds of a Hindu temple during a religious festival, killing six people, including one of the bombers, and injuring 11. Police blamed the bombings on a dispute between two factions in the temple's management.
WORLD
March 8, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
For more than 1,000 years, worshipers at the honeycombed Padmanabhaswamy Temple came and went freely, all but oblivious to the unguarded vaults beneath their bare feet. These days, hundreds of police officers, commandos and rapid-response personnel wearing crisp uniforms and armed with submachine guns swarm the grounds 24/7. The few visitors allowed into the inner sanctum are subject to searches more meticulous than those at any airport. Nothing inspires passions and paranoia like a disputed fortune, and this one not only belongs to a god, but also is worth an estimated $21 billion, more than India's annual education budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2000 | Associated Press
After four years and expenditure of $4.5 million, a Hindu temple has opened in Wisconsin. The temple has been in the works since 1996. Until now the 1,000 families of Indian ancestry in the state have had to visit temples in the Chicago area. Suhas Pawar, who designed the structure, said it won't be complete until a dome is added. At present "it is like a church without a steeple," he said.
NEWS
February 14, 1987 | Associated Press
Admirers of assassinated Prime Minister Indira Gandhi plan to deify her by building a temple to her in southern India. A 6-foot bronze statue of Gandhi will be installed in the Hindu temple, expected to be completed next month, the Hindustan Times reported. Gandhi was slain Oct. 31, 1984 by two Sikh bodyguards. Hundreds of trusts and projects have been started in her memory by the government and private groups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1992 | GERALD FARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a sometimes emotional three-hour public hearing that touched on neighborhood quality, religious freedom and ethnic discrimination, the Norwalk City Council on Tuesday night refused a Hindu group permission to build a temple next to two Christian churches in a residential neighborhood. For months the proposal has divided neighborhood residents who oppose the temple and those who believe the Hindus have a right to a build their place of worship on land they purchased last year for $630,000.
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October 15, 1989 | RIP RENSE, Rense is a Sherman Oaks free-lance writer
In Southern California, land of such incongruous things as Thai hamburger stands and Zsa Zsa Gabor, there is perhaps nothing more incongruous than the ornate snow-white Indian architecture of the Venkateswara Hindu Temple--whose towers and shrines have jutted starkly into the Malibu-blue skies of Calabasas since 1987.
OPINION
October 7, 2004
Re "Hindu Temple Plans Uncertain," Oct. 4: In the 1990s, while building a neighborhood mosque on land next to a freeway in Granada Hills, we had faced similar opposition, with more or less the same ominous objections. But nothing we Muslims encountered came close to the fear facing this proposed Hindu temple -- that it would turn Chino Hills into a "Third World city" and a "haven for terrorists"! No fewer than five churches (of various denominations) and three synagogues glorify our neighborhood, not only coexisting together but sharing each others' presence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1992
Backers of a plan to build a $1.2-million Hindu temple in Norwalk have filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court to force the city to allow the temple to be built. The Norwalk City Council voted against a permit for the building in July, after a group of residents said the temple would flood their neighborhood with traffic.
NEWS
July 10, 2011
On her first trip to Bali in April, Clodagh Smith visited a Hindu temple in the village of Tampaksiring. Inside, she came across a group of boys and men bathing in a sacred pool. Intrigued by this glimpse of everyday life, Smith took this photo. "What made this special for me was the opportunity to witness a ritual that was not designed for tourists but was an authentic expression of village religious life in contemporary Bali," the Sacramento resident said. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
WORLD
February 8, 2011 | By Simon Roughneen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cambodia asked U.N. peacekeepers Monday to intervene to help end fighting along the Thai-Cambodian border after a fourth day of gunfire killed at least five people near a disputed 11th century temple. The wrangling over the 2-square-mile complex, a World Heritage Site, has fueled fears of a protracted border conflict between the wary neighbors. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen requested a U.N. "buffer zone," adding that the conflict threatened regional stability. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both sides to exercise maximum restraint.
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October 18, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Ritual celebrations and heated tempers proved a deadly combination, police said Sunday, as 10 people were killed in a stampede at a Hindu festival in northern India. The incident happened late Saturday when between 30,000 and 40,000 people brought their goats to a small private temple in Tildiha, a village in Bihar state, to sacrifice the animals and offer up prayers to the goddess Durga on the last day of a 10-day festival. People started pushing, and tempers were short because most people had been fasting all day, said Aadesh Chitarmare, a district magistrate for the area.
WORLD
October 1, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
In a long-awaited decision that raised fears of sectarian violence, an Indian high court ruled Thursday that a disputed religious site tied to deadly rioting in the early 1990s should be divided between Hindus and Muslims. As the complex decision was announced, India hoped it had moved beyond the religious violence of a generation ago, when a mosque at the site was destroyed, sparking riots that left 2,000 dead. Hours after the verdict, there were no immediate reports of unrest amid heavy security.
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September 23, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
When Muslims and Hindus went on a rampage in the early 1990s after a mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya was demolished by extremist Hindus, the violence sent political shock waves across India. On Friday, in one of the most anticipated decisions in memory, the Allahabad High Court is set to issue a ruling on a legal dispute that began 60 years ago over who owns the underlying property, which could lead to the Babri Masjid being rebuilt or a Hindu temple erected. In the run-up, hard-line Hindu groups have organized awareness campaigns and hymn programs to Hanuman, the monkey god and associate of Rama, a deity who many Hindus believe was born at the site in Ayodhya.
WORLD
September 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
At least 80 people were crushed to death and more than 100 were injured today when thousands of pilgrims stampeded at a Hindu temple in this historic town in western India, according to authorities. Jodhpur Police Supt. Malini Agarwal said severe overcrowding apparently caused the crush as more than 12,000 people gathered to celebrate a Hindu festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1999
City leaders on Tuesday turned down a proposed $50-million complex including what supporters say would have been the nation's most lavish Hindu temple, a 20,000-square-foot structure of golden walls and spires visible from a nearby freeway. At a tense, crowded public meeting, the Buena Park City Council voted to oppose zone changes necessary for the project to proceed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1985 | JOHN NIELSEN, Times Staff Writer
Jagathguru Veerappan built a god last week, out of bricks and mortar. Next week, he may build another, in keeping with the teachings of his trade. "It is an ancient profession," said the 28-year-old native of India, while pausing in his work the other day. "It is something we learn from our fathers. . . . It is something you are born to do."
WORLD
January 30, 2008 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
The military government's tightening grip doesn't give people here much to sing about, and when they do feel the urge to make music, even that can be risky. The generals who rule Myanmar have spies snooping around for subversives in the most unlikely places, such as a small music school in a rented house sandwiched between a Hindu temple and a broomstick factory. It isn't a renegade hip-hop crib, or a blue-hazed den of protesting folkies, just a small rehearsal hall of plywood and particleboard where children peck away at piano keys and a chorus of university students sings with enough heart to raise the low roof.
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