Lord Jagannath Puri Yatra : A Symbol of Devotion and Unity
India, the land of festivals is host to many colorful celebrations and the most grand of these is the Rath Yatra in Puri. It is hosted in honor of Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balabhadra, and their sister Devi Subhadra. They are the deities who reside in the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha. The festival involves devotees pulling the chariots of the deities. Thousands of devotees participate in the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra. This year the Lord Jagannath Puri Yatra will be organized on 7 July 2024. It is celebrated annually on the second day of the fortnight of the month of Ashadh as per the Hindu calendar.
Published in Mar 2024
Maha Shivaratri and its Stories from the Puranas
Maha Shivaratri- “the extraordinary or great night of Shiva” in Hindu tradition and Shaiva devotion is one of the most powerful occasions for celebrating the auspicious and eternal Shiva. Falling in the month of February-March, Maha Shivaratri commemorates the divine union of Shiva and Shakti by the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, but many also celebrate the occasion as a victory of Shiva over the forces of Tripuri in his Tripurantaka form. In Kashmir Shaivism, where Tantra reigns supreme, devotees observe the Hara-Ratri or night of Hara (Shiva) and Bhairavotsava- the union of Bhairava and Bhairavi, potent and Tantric forms of Shiva and Parvati. For others, Maha Shivaratri is the night when Shiva performs his legendary Tandava. As we eagerly look forward to this celebration of Shiva and Shiva-tattva (the essence of Shiva), let us revisit a few divine tales of Shiva from the Puranas and devotional traditions of the country and be mesmerized by the otherworldly yet easily pleased primordial one.
Published in Mar 2024
7 Common Lessons From The Religions of the World
When we think about religious teachings all religions in the world largely talk about topics like the purpose of life, the nature of existence, and the difference between the right and the wrong paths of life. These teachings are important because they help us live a meaningful life and often guide us when we need it the most. Most of these teachings are compiled in the sacred texts of the various religions like the Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism and the Guru Granth Sahib of Sikhism among many other holy texts. It is from these religious lessons that we can take out the most important teachings that can be followed in life. Be it Christian beliefs or the teachings of Hinduism and Sikhism. There are some lessons that we learn from all religions in the world. Let’s take a look at 7 of them.
Published in Feb 2024
Understanding The Science of Tibetan Healing and Medicine
For the longest time the high altitudes of the Tibetan plateau guarded a well kept secret until it came to be known by the world, the science of Tibetan healing and traditional Tibetan medicines. It is called Sowa Rigpa in Tibetan language which means the science of healing. It is an ancient medical science which is almost 2500 years old and has survived the test of time. Apart from Ayurvedic medicine, it is one of the few medical sciences that aim to harness the power of natural medicine.
Published in Feb 2024
Understanding the Wheel of Life: Through Thangka
Traditionally the wheel of life is called Bhavacakra, it is a symbolic representation of Samsara and is deeply rooted in Buddhist teachings, particularly in Tibetan Buddhism. The Bhavacakra is derived from bhava, which means “being, worldly existence, becoming, birth, being, production, origin,” means “wheel” or “circle.” These delicate artworks contain profound philosophical concepts within their detailed visuals, offering practitioners a visual roadmap for spiritual growth and self-awareness. Wheel of life thangkas are commonly found outside the Indo-Tibetan region's Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries. Wheel of Life thangka serves as a visual aid for understanding the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth along with the causes of suffering, and the path to enlightenment.
Published in Feb 2024
What Does White Marble Symbolize?
Here, we’ll talk about the spiritual meaning of marble/stone rocks. Mostly, these marble /stone rocks say a lot about how solid, stable, or firm we are in life. When these meanings relate to our real life, they will help us grow. Sometimes, we may fail to see the great message of hope that these things bring to us. Rocks can warn or tell us about our good traits. Let’s find out more about these meanings.
Published in Feb 2024
The Story of the Buddha in Sculptures
From the earliest artistic depictions of Bharhut, Sanchi, Amaravati, Nagajunkonda, and the marvelous statues of Gandhara and Mathura, Buddhist art has translated the wisdom of the Buddha into stone and metal. Condensing his immeasurable virtues and venerable life in art, sculptures of the Buddha offer a chance to the followers of Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, to witness the aura of the Enlightened One, and be guarded by his light to the supreme brilliance of Bodhi.
Published in Feb 2024
Love in Indian Paintings: The Many Expressions of Prema, Sringaar and Kama
Rajput paintings, from different sub-schools, depict the scenes of Radha and Krishna in the forests or gardens of Vrindavana, where Radha appears in the garments of Krishna as the blue-skinned Krishna veils his face with the chunri of Radha. Some of the inscriptions that accompany classic Ragamala paintings identify Ragini Bhairavi as a maiden (unmarried young woman), who is enamored by the aura of Bhairava, and with a single-minded devotional love, prays to Shiva, for receiving the hand of Bhairava in marriage. Seeing these artworks transports the audience into the romantic world of the subjects- a realm away from the narrowness of the world, where all expressions of Prema, Sringaar, and Kama have found an eternal, aesthetic haven.
Published in Feb 2024
The History and Significance of the Shri Nath Ji Temple in Nathdwara
The sacred land of India is home to many beautiful temple towns that are visited by millions of devotees every year and one of them is Nathdwara which lies approximately 48 kilometers North-East of Udaipur. The town is popular because it is home to the idol of Shri Nath Ji which is a child form of Lord Krishna. He is the main presiding deity of the Nathdwara temple and is worshiped by many devotees throughout the year. He is mainly worshiped in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan by the devotees of the Pushtimarg sect of Vaishnavism which was founded by Shri Vallabhacharya and follows the Bhagavat Purana. It is believed by devotees that the face and arms of Shri Nath Ji emerged from the Govardhan Hill itself. A temple was built for the deity in a nearby village called Jatipur. Later the temple was moved to the top of the Govardhan Hill by Shri Vallabhacharya.
Published in Feb 2024
Cultural Tapestry of Gold in Indian Art
The earliest recorded instance of metal being used in artwork dates back to the 4th century CE. Ancient texts like the Vishnudharmottara Purana document the practice of creating gold pigments for painting, a tradition that persisted over centuries, as evidenced by later works such as the Shilpratna and Manasollasa. These texts describe a meticulous processes of gold-coated paintings and even polishing it with boar tusks to achieve their characteristic sheen. Read More!
Published in Feb 2024
Lord Jagannath Temple: A Journey to the Abode of the Divine
The city of Puri in Odisha, India is famous for many attractions, and the most magnificent of them is the Lord Jagannath Temple. Visited by millions of devotees every year, the Shri Jagannath Temple was constructed in the 12th century by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva from the Eastern Ganga dynasty. Ever since then, it has stood as a symbol of devotion and Hindu faith. The temple has a lot of importance for Hindus all over the world because this is one of the Char Dhams, the 4 sacred pilgrimage centers, apart from Dwarka in the West, Rameshwaram in the South, and Badrinath in the North. It is believed that visiting all these shrines at least once in a lifetime is necessary to attain salvation.
Published in Feb 2024
Shaligram Stones: The Most Unique Form of Lord Vishnu
Devotees of the Hindu religion are known for their firm devotion and that is why they worship their deities in the most beautiful and unique forms. This can be seen in the worship of the Shaligram Shila by the devotees of the Vaishnava tradition. The Shaligram stones are sacred for Hindus because they are considered to be a form of Lord Vishnu who is considered to be the preserver and protector of the universe. They are found near the Gandaki River which flows in Nepal and is one of the largest tributaries of the holy Ganga. The unique thing about them is that they are smooth and shiny and that they are even marked with the impressions of the Sudarshan Chakra which is the divine discus of Lord Vishnu. Mostly Shaligram stones are black but they are found in other hues as well like yellow, red, blue, etc.
Published in Feb 2024
Adi Parashakti - The Most Powerful Energy of Universe
In Hinduism, the goddess Parashakti—also known as “Adi-Parashakti” or “Mahadevi”—is revered as Para Brahman, the Supreme Being. She is the Great Goddess, from whom all other deities originate, and she is also the real one who creates, observes, and destroys the entire universe. Parashakti translates as “The Eternally Limitless Power,” and it is the active energy that both generates and destroys the universe. Parvati, the goddess of strength and bravery, is venerated as her purest material form, Sagun Swaroop. However, the goddess “Adi Parashakti” is also described as a true spirit devoid of form (Nirguna).
Published in Feb 2024
Nagas Sarpa Parampara: Origin & Symbolism Of Hindu Nagas
Rooted in traditions of eclectic nature, Hinduism fascinates as much as it stirs the surprised awakening to the celestial world. Such is what we’ll explore as the space of Snakes - Nagas/Sarpas in the Hindu world.
Published in Feb 2024
The Story of Sudarshan Chakra : A Celestial Weapon and a Divine Mystery
The word Sudarshan is made from the combination of 2 words Su and Darshan, while Su means auspicious, Darshan means Vision. Sudarshan Chakra is the divine disc of Lord Vishnu, the protector of the universe as per beliefs in the Hindu religion, which he bears as a weapon. In his various depictions and portrayals, he is seen holding the Sudarshan Chakra bearing it on his right index finger. It protects those who are righteous and destroys evil forces. It is the weapon that helps the Lord restore law and order in the world. Worshiping the Sudarshan Chakra grants protection from negativity and blesses people with spiritual well-being.
Published in Feb 2024
Cheriyal Paintings : A Glimpse Into Their Past and Their Present
Cheriyal paintings are colorful and mostly use primary colors only. The trademark feature of a Cheriyal scroll painting is that it has a background that is red in color and a border that has floral motifs. They usually depict scenes from Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, incidents mentioned in the Puranas like the Shiv Purana, Garuda Purana, and the Markandeya Purana, and other mythological events like the Krishna Leela. Apart from this they also depict daily scenes from the lives of the common folk. It must be noted that the figures depicted in Cheriyal scroll paintings are always facing each other.
Published in Feb 2024
Bani Thani: A Jewel in the Crown of Kishangarh Paintings
I drank with my eyes the beauty of this glamorous woman who stood near Bihari Lal in ecstasy”. These lines are from the poem of Nagari Das aka Maharaja Savant Singh of Kishangarh, the poet-prince who is associated with the conception and origin of one of the most popular and unparalleled figures in Indian art- Bani-Thani or the “bedecked woman”. Emerging as the “Monalisa of Indian Art”, Bani-Thani is the representative of the luxurious and expressive art of Rajput school and a gem in the crown of Kishangarh paintings.
Published in Feb 2024
Brass Statues for an Aesthetic Look in Your Living Room
A well-decorated living room speaks volumes about your style and brass sculptures are one of the best options to decorate a living room. Brass sculptures bring a traditional beauty and an element of grandeur to the space. They also facilitate the flow of positive vibes. This creates a pleasant atmosphere in the house and enhances the productivity of the residents. It is also believed that brass statues bring good luck and prosperity to the lives of the homeowners.
Published in Jan 2024
The Significance of Sacred Animals in Hinduism
There are many unique qualities about the Hindu religion and one of them is the advocacy of compassion towards animals and in fact, all creatures in the world. Animals are considered sacred in Hinduism. Not only do Hindus worship various animals but they also show their compassion and respect towards them by following practices like pure vegetarianism and non-violence towards animals. They hold a lot of significance and are associated with various Gods and Goddesses as their mounts. For instance, the mouse is considered to be Lord Ganesha’s mount while the lion is considered to be the mount of Goddess Durga.
Published in Jan 2024
Ashtadikpalakas: The Guardians of the 8 Directions
There are a myriad of elements that are associated with deities according to Hinduism beliefs. While the Navagrahas rule the nine planets, the Ashtadikpalakas rule the 8 directions. The Ashtadikpalakas are revered not only in the Hindu religion but in other faiths too like Vajrayana Buddhism and Jainism. Ashta means eight, Dik means directions, and Palaka means guardian. Therefore, Ashta-Dikpalakas are the deities who rule and protect the 8 directions. There are 8 Hindu Gods who are the guardians of these directions. Lord Kubera presides over the North direction while Lord Yama guards the South, Lord Indra protects the East direction and the West direction is protected by Lord Varuna, Lord Isana rules over the North-East direction, Lord Agni presides over the South-East direction, while Lord Vayu guards the North-West direction, Nirrti is the guardian of the South-West direction.
Published in Jan 2024
PM's Kani Shawl: The History of Kani Shawl, PM Modi's Pick for Welcoming Rama Lala Home
This picture of the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi lighting the Ram-Jyoti at his residence in New Delhi is a reason for joy for the devotees of Rama, who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Ram Lala in Ayodhya. The “Ram-Jyoti” or Lamp of Lord Rama symbolizes the victory of devotion after many years and is a celebration of Deepawali, the festival of light in honor of Ayodhyapati Sri Rama. Beyond the brilliance of the Ram-Jyoti, what captures the eye in this image is the beautiful yellow shawl draped by the PM. Yellow in Indian culture is the color of devotion, sacredness, auspiciousness, and joy. Pitambara, the yellow garment is a favorite attire of Sri Vishnu, Rama, and Krishna. But the value of PM’s shawl not only lies in its meaningful color, but its identity. Worn by royals of India, exported and prized by elites of the world, this is the most classic and lux Kashmiri or Cashmere shawl, known as “Kani”.
Published in Jan 2024
Baisakhi Festival and Story Behind Khalsa Panth Formation
Grand vibrant processions and chants of hymns from the holy Guru Granth Sahib reverberating in the sky, Baisakhi celebrations are a yearly spectacle. The day reminds us of the path shown to the members of the Sikh faith by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Baisakhi festival is celebrated every year on the 13th of April. It is celebrated as the New Year as per the Sikh calendar and comes in the month of Baisakh. Sometimes it also arrives on the 14th of April. This is the time when crops ripen in Punjab and are all set to be harvested. With the arrival of the Spring season, the Sikh community and the farmers in Punjab thank the Lord for a lush harvest and ask for the same in the coming year. It symbolizes the farmers of Punjab receiving the fruits of their year-long efforts.
Published in Jan 2024
Unlocking the Secrets of Temple Construction in India
India is the land of spirituality and all things holy. People from the far west come here for soul searching and are left spellbound by the temples in India. The grand architecture and the vibrant ways of worship have a profound impact on them. Temple construction in India has been immensely instrumental in the addition of a new dimension to the Hindu culture. The art of temple construction evolved under many dynasties that were spread all over India. Different regions had different styles of architecture that became synonymous with them. For instance, the Dravidian style of architecture was mainly preferred in the Southern regions for the construction of many ancient temples in India.
Published in Jan 2024
25 Popular Sanskrit Words and Their Meanings
Sanskrit is a sacred language and is considered to be the mother of all languages because many words of these languages have been taken from Sanskrit. For instance, many of the words of English have been taken from Sanskrit. Many sacred texts of the Hindu religion like the Vedas, the Upanishads, epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and the holy Bhagavad Gita have been written in Sanskrit and this gives this holy language a highly revered status, especially in India. As the world is gaining interest in India and in the Indian culture, more and more people are getting drawn to this divine language and are attempting to learn it. If you’re one of them, we have a list of Sanskrit words that not only sound melodious but also have profound meaning to them.
Published in Jan 2024
11 Most Influential Thinkers of Ancient India
Ancient India was the hub of learning. With the most gifted and sharp minds being born here, India was a boiling pot of thoughts, ideas, and philosophies that transformed the world. The earliest known universities were in India, from Nalanda which had the biggest library in the world to Takshashila which graduated great thinkers like Chanakya. Many scholars contributed to a variety of fields. For instance, Acharya Pingala who invented the binary number system, Adi Shankara who was the pioneer of Advaita Vedanta, and many more. It is these revolutionary bright minds who made the history of India so glorious.
Published in Jan 2024
Kuchchh (Kutch) Shawls: Ethnic Appeal with a Modern Feel
“One can write the cultural history of India with a thread”. This statement could not be truer in the case of Kutchi shawls, woven with pride and skills in the Kutch region of Gujarat. A mix of cultures and techniques of different local communities of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Kutchi shawls carry in the threads of their embroidery, the history of more than 600 years!
Published in Jan 2024
Krishna Leela - A Complete Collection of All Episodes
Pattachitra in its layout draws from the idea of time in Hinduism, which flows eternally, in episodes that are interconnected, forming a garland of celestial events, where each bead is a Lila or divine play of the supreme god. In this Pattachitra, the episodes of Krishna Lila are laid out beautifully, starting (from the top left corner) from Vaikuntha, where Vishnu lies on his Adi Shesha, being attended by Sri Lakshmi. On the lotus emerging from his navel, Lord Brahma is enthroned. From here, the tale of Krishna goes to the human realm (moving in a clockwise direction).
Published in Jan 2024
Indian Authors and Indian Literature and Their Impact on the World
India is the land of many wonders and the brightest minds have taken birth here. These have contributed immensely to the growth of Indian literary tradition. Pioneers in various fields have penned many texts that make up the trove of literary treasures of India. Indian authors have created a rich repository of literary gems on various topics and themes. From treatises on medicine to sacred ancient texts, from poetry and plays to political accounts, Indian literature is very diverse and has had a profound impact on the world across a variety of fields.
Published in Jan 2024
A Peek Into the Pran Pratishtha Ceremony of the Ram Mandir
The world will chant along when the skies echo with Jai Shri Ram on 22nd January as the city of Ayodhya welcomes the return of its rightful king Lord Rama, yet again. It’s been a long and arduous journey for Hindus across the country and it is finally culminating beautifully. With only 2 weeks to go before the inauguration ceremony, the world is gearing up for the event. Everyone is wondering how the series of events will pan out, who will be present, and many other things. Here are some of the details about the ceremony.
Published in Jan 2024
Aditya Hridaya Stotra: When Sri Rama worshipped the Sun
As winter air gets chillier and the sky gets grey, our eyes reach the sky, looking for the shining heavenly body- Surya or Sun, which has been a source of light, life, hope, and strength for civilizations, for centuries. Little do we know, that ages, Yugas apart from today, standing on the brink of war with Ravana, Sri Rama too reached out to the powers of Suryadeva (Sun god), at sage Agastya’s advice, to instill in him, divine prowess, confidence, and victory. Bowing down to the most illustrious Sun, Agastya with Rama created the “Aditya Hridaya Stotra”- “the Heart of the Sun” hymn (that which infuses the heart with the powers of the Sun), a hymn chanted by Hindus to gain worldly and spiritual benefits, which like the light of the Sun, never end.
Published in Jan 2024
Ram Mandir Architecture: A Story Beyond Brick and Mortar
The construction of the Ram Mandir has been completed to a great extent and the temple is finally nearing the day of its inauguration. With this development, the eyes of the entire world are on how the temple is turning out. It has been going on under the guidance of Chandrakantbhai Sompura who designed the Akshardham Temple in Gujarat. He is being assisted by his two sons Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura. There are questions about every aspect of the construction and we have tried to answer most of them.
Published in Jan 2024
Ayodhya Ram Mandir : A Story of Hindu Faith and Devotion
The Ram Janmabhoomi Movement has been the driving force behind the construction of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. It dates back to the 1980s and its initiation is credited to the Hindu Vishwa Parishad. This movement aimed to reclaim the land that is considered to be Ram Janmabhoomi or the birthplace of Lord Ram. Its journey has been full of trials and tribulations and one marred by various controversies. A major part of the movement was the 1992 Rath Yatra to Ayodhya. However, the movement finally gained success in 2019 when the Supreme Court ruled that the construction of Ram Mandir would take place at the site. A trust called the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra was also established to oversee the construction of the temple.
Published in Jan 2024
Printed Sarees: Exploring the Regional Printing Techniques of India
Indian textiles have always attracted the world, especially the majestic saree. It has been a part of the traditional Indian attire for ages and has only become more fascinating with time. A humongous amount of printed sarees are manufactured in India. While some are printed digitally, the pride of India rests with the hand-crafted printed sarees. Various regional printing techniques are used to create beautiful floral sarees along with other prints like geometric and paisley designs. Block printing and tie and dye are the two main techniques.
Published in Dec 2023
Tirupati Balaji Temple: Stories, History, Geography, Secrets
With a followership that comprises commoners and some of the richest and most influential people of our times, Sri Tirupati Balaji as a powerful and ever-present form of Vishnu in Kaliyuga has gained popularity across the globe. For his devotees, the Sri Kshetra (auspicious region) of Tirumala is “Kaliyuga Vaikuntha” (the abode of Vishnu in Kaliyuga) and Tirupati Balaji is “Kaliyuga Varada” (he who bestows boons in Kaliyuga). The mighty Balaji is “Sat-chit-ananda” – the bliss of supreme, pure consciousness and the essence of devotion and divinity. Let us immerse ourselves in the glory of the Lord of Tirumala, and go on a virtual journey of this sacred land of Vishnu on earth.
Published in Dec 2023
Rudrashtakam: The Hymn of Rudra, its Significance and Meaning
In the pages of Rig Veda, Rudra emerges as a potent and supreme deity, who controls the balance of the universe. He is Vastospati- the protector of Vastu or the sacred order of Srishti. He is Pashupati, who controls the frantic soul in the forest of the world. In the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, it is Rudra, who is being evoked for the powers that he holds over death and time. Rudra of Rigveda merges with Shiva in the Puranas, becoming an aspect of the Lord, when he is angered and takes up the task of protection of good and destruction of negative forces.
Published in Dec 2023
Learning All About Shani Dev, the Hindu God of Karma
The Hindu pantheon reveres many Gods and Goddesses, with devotees seeking their blessings to live peaceful and happy lives. One of them is Lord Shanidev, the son of Surya Dev, and Goddess Chhaya, the Goddess of shadows. He represents Saturn and is considered the physical manifestation of the planet; hence, he is the Lord of Saturdays or Shanivaar, as termed in Hindi. Shani Dev is one of the 9 celestial beings or the Navagrahas as per Hindu astrology, and he is also the Hindu God of justice and karma. He is brother to Lord Yama, the God of death, and both bring a person to justice. While Yama Dev settles karmic debts in the afterlife, Shani Dev settles them while a person is still alive. He has two sisters, Yamuna, and Putri Bhadra, along with two brothers, Vaivastahva Manu and Manu.
Published in Dec 2023
The Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: Tracing the Roots of Yogic Practices
The ancient practice of yoga is a beautiful tree that has branched out to different parts of the world. Whenever we talk about yoga, mentioning the yoga sutras is inevitable. They are quite popular among yoga practitioners and are the oldest known texts on the subject. The yoga sutras are Sanskrit texts compiled around 500 BCE by Patanjali. They are considered to be a manual for yoga based on practices followed by yogis of that era. Information on yoga was scattered throughout different texts and was beyond the comprehension of the common folk, so Patanjali compiled it into simplified yoga sutras, making them easy to understand by all.
Published in Dec 2023
What is ISKCON: History, Origin and Teachings of the Hare Krishna Movement
ISKCON- International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the “Hare Krishna Movement” is one of the most popular, modern Vaishnava movements, that has gathered massive followership in India and abroad. Europeans, Americans, and Asians, all chanting “Hare Krishna” in unison, ISKCON has successfully built a cosmopolitan culture of devotion. Most of us have seen the beautiful temples, Radha-Krishna statues, and gatherings of ISKCON somewhere, but very few know about its origin, journey, and mission. Let us start from the beginning and answer the question- What is ISKCON?
Published in Dec 2023
12 Major Lord Rama Temples: Testaments of Ramayana Carved in Stone
The fabric of India’s immensely rich culture and heritage is dyed with the vibrant hues of epics as grand as the Ramayana. Known as the land of spirituality and peace, this country is home to many breathtaking Lord Rama temples, each housing a statue of Lord Rama that is not only a visual treat but also exudes positivity in abundance. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Published in Dec 2023
Lord Ganesha in 32 Forms - A Timeless Source of Inspiration
Lord Ganesha, a central and foremost deity in Hindu rituals and rites, is revered widely in India and across the Continent of Asia! The inner shrine of Lord Shiva Temple at the Prambanan Temple complex in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has a 9th-century Ganesha statue. Chachoengsao is known as Thailand's "city of Ganesha," it is home to three gigantic Hindu-Buddhist deity Ganesha sculptures housed in three distinct temples. In Thailand, Ganesha stands 39 meters tall in the "Khlong Khuean Ganesh International Park." His 32 thirty-two manifestations have been traced in a suggestively thousand-year-old text - Mudgala Purana. Let us know them more closely
Published in Dec 2023
Peeking Into the How and Why of Astrology
For the longest time, astrology has piqued the curiosity of the masses and has always been a mystery. How a distant celestial object is observed by the gifted few on Earth and how its ever-changing movement impacts the events of our world is still not understood by many. Among the countless astrology questions that puzzle the human mind, one of them is how exactly does astrology work? To understand that, we must first acquaint ourselves with what astrology is. Astrology is the study of planetary positions and the alignment of stars in relation to the Earth to predict the events of the future to a great extent. It is the science that bridges the gap between the world on earth and the one beyond the sky.
Published in Dec 2023
10 Biggest Statues in India of Lord Hanuman
A true symbol of loyalty, Lord Hanuman is the epitome of devotion. He dedicated his life to serving his lord Bhagwaan Rama. Such was his love for Lord Rama that even today, people sing praises of him and build temples in his honor. Being the land of breathtaking architecture, India has some of the most magnificent statues of Lord Hanuman. While the biggest Hanuman statue in India is located in Madapam on the banks of river Vamsadhara, the statue in Paritala Anjaneya Temple in the state of Andhra Pradesh, along with others in the Nalco Temple in Odisha, Jakhu Temple in Shimla etc are scattered around the country. From the mighty Himalayas to the banks of serene rivers in the south, the sacred land of India is beautifully adorned with the most striking statues of Lord Hanuman. Let’s take a look at 10 of them.
Published in Nov 2023
Guru Parb: Remembering the Holiness of Guru Nanak
“Ik Omkar Satnaam”- Om, the sacred word, is the only true (sat) name (naam), of the supreme divine- the beginning of the Mul Mantara (first, root chant) of Sikhism carries within itself the highest degree of spiritual knowledge. The divine being as one and formless, which is the root of Nirguna Bhakti (formless devotion) is encapsulated in the beliefs of Sikhism and its pious text, Guru Granth Sahib. Devotion to Guru acts of service as acts of devotion and valor coursing through the veins of its members- Sikhism is one of the most popular and widespread religions in the modern world. And all its virtues owe their origin to the heavenly persona of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, whose descent is celebrated with enthusiasm and devotion as “Guru Parb” every year, in the days that follow the festivities of Deepawali.
Published in Nov 2023
Kshatriyas : Hindu Religion’s Guarding Forces
The Hindu religion has always managed to fascinate the world. As more and more people try to explore the various Hinduism beliefs and ideologies, many interesting concepts are not completely well understood. One of them is the origin and history of the four varnas of the Hindu society. The second out of these four varnas is Kshatriya, the ruling class and the military.
Published in Nov 2023
Dev Deepawali: Celebrating Bhakti with Bhagwan
Kartik, beginning in October and ending in November, has been hailed in Hindu tradition and scriptures as the month of the divine. From the first-revered Ganesha, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi, to Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Tulsi, and even one of Mahabharata’s heroes Bhishma are evoked and celebrated in Kartik Maah. The best of Kartik’s festivities in India can be experienced in the home of Shiva, Kashi, where a five-day festival known as “Dev Deepawali” or the Deepawali of the Gods is celebrated with enthusiasm unseen anywhere else.
Published in Nov 2023
Exploring the Unveiling Existence of the Tree of Life
The “sacred tree” or sacred tree could also be called “Sacred trees or the “Tree of Life,” “World Tree”, “Cosmic Tree” or the “Eagle and Serpent Tree”. Many world religions and beliefs have the idea of a sacred tree. The symbolism of the Tree of Life denotes a strong old age. Now, we can turn to the religious significance and symbolism of the Tree of Life before moving to discuss the truths it teaches that are true in all religions.
Published in Nov 2023
Sparkling Delights: The Ultimate Guide to Best Diwali Gift Ideas
Mist in the air, a thousand diyas lit, laughter all around, firecrackers and mouth watering sweets adding to the spirit of festivities, Diwali for Indians is THE festival! With families, states and the entire nation coming together, it seems that the week-long joys of Deepawali can not get any better. But there is one thing which is sure to add to the cheeriness of the occasion. Gifts!
Published in Nov 2023
Story of Dhanteras – Learn about the legend, traditions, & other aspects
The popular Hindu festival of Dhanteras is also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi. It is a festival of prosperity celebrated just before Diwali. The festival is known to mark the beginning of Diwali celebrations. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik. Like most other Hindu festivals, Dhanteras is also known for its various legends and traditions. This article aims to shed light on these legends and traditions to enhance the fun of Dhanteras celebrations.
Published in Nov 2023
Durga Puja: Rituals, Relevance, and Ensemble
For me, there are rituals, homecoming, food, and feelings mixed up and messed up for the four days of the festival. From last-minute panic buying to the serious fights of cousins for a menu that has to be finalized for the Durga Puja days, an entire household runs into chaos, a happy one, though. There are three main aspects of Durga Puja: the first one is welcoming the daughter of the house, Ma Durga, with a clean heart; the second one is to eat good food; the food menu during the Durga Puja has to be Khanti Bangali or pure Bengali. The third intention is undoubtedly keeping your fashion game on point. The Durga Pujo Saaj, or the attire for Durga Puja, is traditional from start to end. Women choose the best sarees for these days and match the most exquisite jewelry with them. Let's discuss some of the options you may have during these four days and see if they fit in.
Published in Oct 2023
Logic Behind Abstract Paintings: Decoding Color Play in Abstract Art
Abstract paintings are a form of subtle art that aim to convey the artist’s feelings, emotions, and moods through colors, shades, shapes, texture, and lines. They differ from other paintings in the way that in Abstract paintings, the feelings of the artist are expressed not through literal representations. They are open to the world of thoughts of both the artist and the viewer. It is their own interpretation that makes the painting creative and beautiful. The artist plays with different elements of the artwork, shapes it into a meaningful insight and brings his thought process to the canvas. As simple as it may look, an abstract painting is much more difficult to create than we think it is.
Published in Oct 2023
Namastasyayi Namo Namaha: Bowing Down to 9 Forms of the Great Mother
“Sattchidananda Swaroopini”- the manifestation of the bliss of supreme truth experienced by the mind. Amongst many epithets, the great goddess has been described thus, in the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana. As the festivities of Navaratri- the “nine nights” of the goddess, is at our thresholds, the bliss that She carries, can be experienced in the air by her devotees. Devi, Adishakti, Bhagavati, Ambika- Her names are as innumerable as drops of water in an ocean. She has been described by the texts as “Kshemankari”- who is favorable to her devotees and “Kaalroopini”- death incarnate. She is Vidya and Avidya both. Though born from the energies of all Devatas (gods), her divine actions are beyond comprehension for gods, sages, and humans. Bowing down to her greatness, unable to swim across the cosmic ocean of her powers, the human mind, in the end, calls her “Maa”, mother- who is beyond reach and yet ever-ready to give eternal refuge to her children.
Published in Oct 2023
21 Forms of Goddess Tara: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Most of the iconographical descriptions in commentaries always seem to be non-cooperative with the “Praises to the Twenty-one Taras.” The reason is simply three main iconographic traditions formed in Tibet, each one of them describes the Goddesses Tara according to their beliefs:
Published in Oct 2023
Warli Art – Understanding Symbolism in Tribal Art of India
The well-renowned Warli painting is an art form practiced by the Tribal community of the Palghar district of Maharashtra, India. This art is considered one of the oldest that dates back to as early as the 10th century. At present, it continues to be practiced by the Warli tribe, the skills being passed from one generation to another. Since farming is the main source of their livelihood, these people are extremely close to nature and wildlife. This is reflected in all the Warli paintings that they create. The main theme of the painting centers around Mother nature. Other common depictions are the scenes of tribal festivals, the portrayal of unusual Male gods, and the day-to-day activities of the village people. Tarpa dance associated with the Warli tribe is also sometimes depicted in the paintings. The secondary motifs and patterns are generally repetitive and symbolic.
Published in Oct 2023
Why is Kohinoor So Special? The Epic Journey of the Kohinoor Diamond
The Kohinoor diamond, as it is known today, was long ago an unknown mysterious stone buried in the mines of Golconda, India. When it was unearthed by local miners, it shimmered brilliantly and seemed different from any other jewel or diamond anyone had ever witnessed. Its beauty was so captivating that people started believing it to be a fragment of a falling star embraced by the earth’s crust. It illuminated the surroundings like millions of stars in the night sky. The story and journey of the most stunning Koh-e-noor diamond is still a mystery for the human population.
Published in Oct 2023
Latest 2024 Indian ethnic fashion trends for women
Fashion is one of the fastest-changing industries and that comes from the big consumers market demand. Through the years, fashion has changed a lot. It was influenced and dominated by different political, economic, and sociological events that would shape the consumers' opinions and expectations. This can greatly be seen through the traditional details and cultural motifs of different nations. Indian fashion, as part of the most colorful and interesting nations in the world, has experienced different fashion changes, that have changed and added to the consumer's demand. However, modern times and the modern approach to fashion have influenced changes, especially in the Indian style, making it available and suitable for all those who want to keep the cultural and traditional dose with the incorporation of some modern elements.
Published in Sep 2023
The Festival of Ganesha Chaturthi: Welcoming Auspiciousness
The day of Ganesha Chaturthi begins with the arrival of Ganapati or Pranapratishtha. The image of Ganesha is established in the home of the Puja-pandals (especially in Maharashtra and adjoining regions) and welcomed with devotional zeal. Then, the Shodashopchara (shodasha- sixteen, upchar-ritual offerings) starts, in which 16 forms of prayer and worship are offered to the Lord. As the day of departure approaches, the devotees prepare Bappa with Uttar-Puja, for the last part of the rituals, which is the Visarjana.
Published in Sep 2023
The Nataraja Statue at the G20 Venue: A Marvel of Ashtadhatu Craftsmanship and Divine Symbolism
At the G20 venue, the Nataraja statue stands as evidence of India's lasting cultural and spiritual legacy. Generations of artisans have infused their expertise into this creation by utilizing the divine Ashtadhatu alloy. A symbol representing Lord Shiva's celestial performance, the statue encompasses comprehensive teachings about spirituality and philosophy; this symbol holds excellent importance.
Published in Sep 2023
The Diplomatic Power of Sarees and Indian Men's Ethnic Wear: Insights from the G20 Summit 2023
The influence of traditional Indian attire whether it is a Saree or men's ethnic wear on international diplomacy cannot be ignored. The G20 Summit of 2023 is and will remain a witness to such a phenomenon. These clothes hold a status much beyond the parameters of fashion, they are the bearers of cultural history, identity, and diplomacy. The Leaders and their partners donned traditional Indian attire to send a meaningful message of unity, respect, and dedication to international cooperation through their dress and strengthened the theme of "One Earth, One Family, One Future."
Published in Sep 2023
The Tradition of Puja in Hinduism –  Important Religious Practices in Hinduism
From choosing the right pooja room decoration theme to setting up the appropriate idols, the puja rituals are vast and varied across India. Be it the method of pooja thali decoration or the items used for worshipping the deities, every ritual and practice has a unique meaning and significance. These different methods and rituals reflect the cultural and traditional beliefs of different communities and religions across India.
Published in Sep 2023
Khatu Shyam Ji - The Eternal Beacon of Faith and Blessings
Khatu Shyam Ji, also known as Shyam Baba or Barbarika, is a revered Hindu deity who holds a significant place in Indian mythology and devotion. The ancient and sacred temple of Khatu Shyam Ji is located in the town of Khatu in the Sikar district of Rajasthan, India.
Published in Aug 2023
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self - The Bhagavad Gita
The guidance of a guru is often emphasized by dedicated practitioners as the optimal way to learn yoga. Each of us is a unique individual with specific circumstances, and a guru provides a personalized touch that is absent in mass classroom teaching. By analyzing your current state, a guru tailors a personalized discipline for your transformative journey. They identify the obstacles holding you back and prioritize working on those areas.
Published in Jul 2023
Copper: The Sacred Metal - Its Importance Revealed
Copper is considered holy in Hinduism and is often used in religious rituals and ceremonies. It is believed to possess spiritual and healing properties. Copper vessels are commonly used for storing and consuming water due to their purifying qualities. The article explores the significance of copper as a sacred metal in various cultures and religions, highlighting its historical and cultural importance. It emphasizes the reverence and practicality associated with copper in the context of spirituality and well-being. So next time you see any copper item, take some time to appreciate its uses and its integral part in the culture. Here the sacred metal is contributing to our good health for several generations and the next generation will also get its benefits.
Published in Jul 2023
Bhudevi: Significance and Her Ancient Representation
The article explores the symbolism of Bhudevi, a Hindu goddess associated with wealth and abundance. It delves into her iconography, fertility, and prosperity. The significance of worshiping Bhudevi for financial well-being is highlighted, along with artistic representations of the goddess in Indian art forms. Bhudevi and Prithvi Devi as mentioned in ancient stories, apart from fertility, and abundance, are also the provider of a content and healthy life. Honoring them ensures the preservation and prosperity of the present and the protection of the coming generations. It is not mandatory to offer worship but thanking mother earth for its resources is a nice way to remind ourselves that -there is always enough for one's needs but not enough for one's greed and we should remain thankful for whatever we possess in the present moment.
Published in Jul 2023
Buddha Purnima 2024: The Day of Birth, Nirvana and Enlightenment of Lord Buddha
Buddha Purnima in 2023 is expected to be celebrated on Friday, 5th May. Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, is a major Buddhist festival that marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the lunar month of Vesakha, which falls in April or May according to the Gregorian calendar. The day of birth of Lord Buddha is celebrated as Buddha Purnima or Vesak, which is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar. According to tradition, Buddha was born on the full moon day in the month of Vesakha (April or May), around 2,500 years ago in Lumbini, Nepal. The exact date of his birth is a matter of debate among scholars, but the celebration of Vesak is typically held on the full moon day of the month of Vesakha, which falls between late April and early May.
Published in Apr 2023
Hanuman Jayanti: Lessons from Hanuman's Life & Teachings
Hanuman is one of the most important characters in the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana. He is often referred to as one of the most powerful Hindu deities especially since he was blessed with the boon of immortality by Lord Shiva. His traits of love, compassion, devotion, humility, and intelligence make him one of the most worshipped Hindu Gods. Hence, it is not surprising that countless grand temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman are found in every nook and corner of India. Hanuman’s life is a constant source of inspiration, especially for youngsters who want to emulate his various traits and improve their life.
Published in Mar 2023
Ram Navami Celebrates The Birth Of Shri Ram - The Perfect Man
The festival is celebrated with great zeal and fervor in different parts of India with people following different rituals and traditions as per their beliefs. Almost every temple is decorated with flowers, lighting, and other such items. Lord Rama idols are decorated with special embellishments and people offer flowers, sweets, and even money to them in large amounts. Spiritual discourses and bhajan nights are organized in large numbers in almost every street and neighborhood.
Published in Mar 2023
The Mahabharata: Comprehensive Guide to the Epic Tale through Its Various Books
Mahabharata is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epic poems of India, the other being Ramayana. It is considered one of the longest epic poems in the world, with over 100,000 verses. The Mahabharata is a story of a great war that took place between two sets of cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, for control of the kingdom of Hastinapur. The epic also includes many philosophical and religious teachings, including discussions on the nature of dharma (duty) and the human condition. It is believed to have been written by the sage Vyasa, and is regarded as one of the most important works of ancient Indian literature and culture.
Published in Mar 2023
The Art of Baluchari Weaving: Unveiling the Richness and Significance of Baluchari Sarees
Baluchari sarees have a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. The sarees originated in the town of Baluchar in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal, India. At the time, Murshidabad was the capital of the Bengal province under the Nawabs of Bengal, who were known for their patronage of the arts. Baluchari sarees are typically worn on special occasions such as weddings, festivals, and formal events. They are considered to be a symbol of luxury and sophistication, and they are highly valued for their intricate designs and high-quality craftsmanship. Today, Baluchari sarees continue to be produced in the town of Baluchar as well as in other parts of West Bengal. They are also exported to other parts of India and around the world, and they remain a popular choice for those looking for a traditional and elegant saree.
Published in Mar 2023
Paithani Saree: A Traditional Elegance, A Rich Legacy, and Timeless Grace of Maharashtra's Finest Weave
Shivaji's patronage of Paithani sarees helped to popularize the saree among the Maratha elite and contributed to its status as a symbol of prestige and status. Over time, Paithani sarees became associated with the Maratha identity and came to represent the prestige, power, and culture of the Maratha dynasty. Today, Paithani sarees are still considered a prized possession and are often worn for special occasions such as weddings and festivals. In recognition of Shivaji's contributions to the promotion of traditional Indian textiles, the Indian government has declared his birth anniversary, known as Shivaji Jayanti, as National Handloom Day. This day is celebrated every year on August 7th and is dedicated to promoting the use of traditional Indian handloom textiles.
Published in Mar 2023
The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths of Human Life
Gautama Buddha's teachings are commonly known as the Dharma or the Buddha Dharma. The core teachings of the Buddha revolve around the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. The Four Noble Truths are considered the foundational teachings of Buddhism, and they provide a framework for understanding the nature of suffering and the path to liberation. The Buddha also emphasized the importance of compassion, kindness, and non-violence towards all beings. He also taught the concept of impermanence, that all things are constantly changing and nothing is permanent. The Buddha's teachings continue to inspire millions of people around the world to live with greater awareness, kindness, and wisdom.
Published in Feb 2023
The Magnificent Journey of Kanjivaram Saree and its Types
In Indian families and neighbourhood, we all know some people whom we have seen owning a Kanjivaram that has been passed down from generations. A Kanjivaram saree is a significant part of the household heritage, particularly in southern India. It is due to their rich cultural heritage, superior quality, and intricate designs. Kanjivaram sarees have a long and rich history that is deeply intertwined with Indian culture and tradition. The sarees are often made as part of a bride's trousseau and are considered a symbol of wealth, status, and tradition. As such, they are worn on special occasions like weddings, festivals, and religious ceremonies.
Published in Feb 2023
Explore Ganesha Statues for Your Home: Shubha, Laabha, & More
“ॐ एकदंताय विद्महे, वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि, तन्नो दंती प्रचोदयात्”- “We bow to Him who has one tusk (Ekadanta), curving trunk (Vakratunda), who pervades this universe. The elephant-god (Danti) may bless us with the light of wisdom”. This is a mantra dedicated to the elephant-headed Lord, Sri Ganesha from the Vedic times which is chanted even today by the worshippers of this loving and powerful Hindu god who is synonymous with goodness and success in human life. Prathama-puja (first worshipped), Vighnaharta (remover of obstacles), and Ganapati (lord of the Ganas) are some of the epithets of the elephant-headed God, which are enough to make us understand his place in Hinduism. Imparting wisdom to students, creativity to artists, strength to people fighting battles of life, and spiritual consciousness to the Yogis in search for the ultimate truth- Sri Ganesha a wholesome Hindu god.
Published in Feb 2023