The Birth of the Shakti Peethas in Hinduism

The birth of the Shakti Peethas is actually marked by the death of Shakti herself in the form of Sati. The story of Shiva...

A Tale of Two Navratri – Celebrating the Cosmic Mother

The Cosmic Mother is worshipped not once as is commonly believed, but as many as 5 times during the course of a year, in...

Mahisasura Mardini-The Making of Durga

Durga is a form of Prakriti, the mother of entire existence. She represents the Supreme Consciousness and was manifested by combining the energies of...

Durga Puja – A Hesternal Revisit

An Exordium on Durga Puja ‘Durga Puja’ meaning ‘worship of Durga,’ also called Durgotsav in Bengali, (meaning festival of Durga Puja) is an annual celebration...

Origin and spiritual significance Ratha Jatra – Festival of Chariots

Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariots of Lord Jagannatha, is celebrated every year in the temple town of Puri, in the east coast state...

Jataka Tales – The Monkeys and the Ogre (Nalapana-Jataka)

There once was a water-ogre living in a lake within a thick forest.  This particular water-ogre would hide in the lake and would attack...

Kalaripayattu – World’s Oldest Martial Art created by Sada Shiva

Kalaripayattu is a martial art, which survived in the hinterlands of Kerala-India despite ruthless efforts of the British imperialists to obliterate it. The word kalari first appears in...

The happening of Kurma Avatar

The Ten Avatar (Dasavatar) of Lord Vishnu are: Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Balarama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. Kurma Avatar is the 2nd...

The Astika School of Thought – Nyaya School

Leading Human Beings to Ultimate Reality Ancient India was clear about the goal of life - to end suffering and experience liberation when living (Jeevan...

The story of Ashtavakra and his father Kahola

The life of Ashtavakra is narrated in the Ramayana of Valmiki, the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, the Ashtavakra Gita and Bhavabhuti’s play Uttararamacarita. Rishi Uddalaka, mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad, had a disciple...
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