Table of ContentIntroductionSrimad Devi Bhagavata PuranaVishnu SahastranamNitya Karma Puja PrakashDurga SaptashatiKamba RamayanaDharmashastra Ka ItihasSrimad Bhagavata MahapuranaVedanta PrabodhaYoga Vasistha of ValmikiSri RamacharitamanasConclusion
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Srimad Devi Bhagavata Purana
Nitya Karma Puja Prakash
Dharmashastra Ka Itihas
Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana
Yoga Vasistha of Valmiki
The essence of India’s
religions was received in ancient times by the great sages from “Paramatma”-
the Supreme Being and compiled over a long period into sacred texts. These
texts, written mostly in
Sanskrit along with the innumerable commentaries and related books are the
repositories of Hindu
culture. And the keys to this grand treasure chest are the languages of India,
through which the ideas are availed to the people of the country and the world.
Among the many lingual keys is Hindi, the official language of India and a widely
read and spoken tongue. For the laypeople, the devotees, and the enthusiastic
readers, Hindi opens the gates to the haven of Hinduism wrapped inside the pages of ancient texts. Exotic India Art has compiled a
list of 10 religious
and spiritual books in Hindi, reading which will bring you closer to the
empowering wisdom of Indian tradition.
Translated in simple
and easy-to-grasp Hindi by the famous Gita Press Gorakhpur, this version of Srimad
Devi Bhagavata is an exquisite
collection of the legendary episodes of Adi Shakti- the primordial feminine
energy, from her origin to the innumerable battles she won against the forces
of mighty demons. The Hindi version has been edited by Sri Hanuman Prasad
Poddar and Sri Chimmanlal Goswami, names that are synonymous with Gita Press’
unending zeal to spread the message of Hindu culture.
Names of Lord Vishnu” or Sri
Vishnu Sahastranam or Sahasranam is a
list of 1000 epithets for Bhagawan Sri Hari Vishnu, mentioned as a part of the
Mahabharata. The list is presented in a Hindi version by Gita Press Gorakhpur
to elucidate the greatness of Sri Vishnu as described in the epic of Veda
Vyasa. The Hindi translations are done with great care so that the real,
contextual meaning of the words does not change, making this book a mesmerizing
experience for anyone.
Another book brought
to the reading world by Gita Press Gorakhpur, Nitya
Karma Puja Prakash is a comprehensive
guidebook on how to begin and end your day as a follower of Hinduism or someone
who wishes to gain from the wisdom of Hinduism. The book is written in lucid
language and provides details on the daily routine of a person- from waking up
to performing the Sandhya-puja (worship done in the evening). It also includes
steps on how to worship different deities such as Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Ganesha,
and Kubera, how to conduct Yagya (Vedic sacrifice), and hymns and stotra of
various divinities. Nitya Karma Puja Prakash underlines the might of Hinduism
as a culture with different beliefs and practices, all knitted together not
only in thought but also in practice.
An integral part of
the sacred Markandeya Purana, Durga
Saptashati (700- Saptashati) is
a collection of 13 parts that bring forth the greatness of the divine mother
Durga and her various forms. For every follower of Shakti, Durga Saptashati is
like the benevolence of the goddess herself, to be recited and read regularly.
Presented in Hindi by Gita Press Gorakhpur, Durga Saptashati includes pious
hymns and stotras of the Devi such as Argala Stotram which bestows an
all-around fortune, Devya Kavacham or the armor of the goddess which protects
from negative forces and Keelakam which eradicates the barriers that come in
one’s spiritual quest. With all this potent knowledge translated into simple
Hindi, Durga Saptashati is a powerful text for the devotee-reader.
The original Tamil
work of Kamba or Kamban is translated into eloquent Hindi by N.V. Rajagopalan
under the aegis of Bihar Rashtrabhasha Parishad. Tamil literature in Indian
culture is a grand literary tradition in its own right, one that represents the
beliefs and practices of ancient southern India. Based on the original story of
Adi Kavi Valmiki, Kamban’s
Ramayana reflects the
amalgamation of the beliefs of north and south and the emergence of a Tamil
epic that showcases the devotion for Sri Rama that spreads from one end of the
country to the other.
Compiled and worked
upon by the great Sanskrit scholar of modern India, P.V. Kane, the History of
Dharmashastra or Dharmashastra
Ka Itihas is a ground-breaking
work in the history of Indian society. Dharmashtras is a group of texts that
contain rules on early Indian religion, society, culture, and law, thus forming
an authority for someone looking to understand the historical background of the
country. This book comes in a set of 5 texts which is a rare and
difficult-to-find collection, published by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan,
This Mahapurana is
undoubtedly the most widely read and revered of all the 18 Mahapuranas of Hindu
culture. Associated with the sect of Sri Vishnu, Bhagavata
Purana in reality is the
collection of the deeds, lives, and fate of the devotees, who come from
different backgrounds. Through a variety of tales and legends, Bhagavata Mahapurana
conveys important messages of Bhakti (devotion), Gyan (knowledge), Yoga (union
with the divine), karma (action), dharma (duty) and answers some basic yet
lingering questions of human existence. The seminal text is available in simple
yet absorbing Hindi as a 2 book set, translated and edited by Gita Press
Presented as a concise
yet comprehensive study of Adi Shankaracharya’s Advaita (non-dualism) and his
wider ideas that form the essence of present-day Hinduism, Vedanta
Prabodha in Hindi is another
religious book that needs to be read and absorbed. Encompassing essential
themes of Indian philosophy such as Brahma (supreme being), Guru (teacher),
Maya (loosely translated as illusion though signifying the world as we see it),
Jeev (being, human being), and Moksha (salvation), Vedanta Prabodha presents a
detailed and erudite picture of the vital components of Hindu culture.
A text larger in size
than the epic Ramayana and hence sometimes called the Maharamayana (great
Vasistha is a compilation of
the philosophical sermons of sage Valmiki. Its descriptions give us a larger
picture of Hindu culture which included the Shaivism of Kashmir as well as the
Rationalist and scientific thought of ancient India. The contents of Yoga
Vasistha throw light on the life of Sri Rama along with the persistent human
quest for Moksha and the path to achieving salvation. Written and presented in
the style of question and answers, this two-set Hindi volume of Yoga Vasistha
offers a rare wide-ranging insight into Indian metaphysics and spiritual life.
work on Valmiki’s Ramayana, written in the medieval period in beautiful Awadhi,
Ramacharitamanas is undoubtedly the
Indian layperson’s way of reaching Sri Rama. A brilliant example of Indian
poetry and religious culture, Sri Ramacharitamanas in Hindi is a must-have for
those who want to immerse in the brilliance of Rama-Katha- a legendary epic
that is told and re-told in every Hindu household as the story of a divine hero
and his victory against the army of evil. Along with the story of Sri Rama, the
Ramacharitamanas also contains simple yet effective lessons on how to lead a
meaningful life, making it a guiding light for readers of all ages.
Other than the books
mentioned in the list above, Ramayana by Valmiki, Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa,
Shiva Purana, Vishnu Purana, Patanjali’s Yoga Darshana, Ashtadhyayi of Panini,
Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Srividya Sadhana, Ashtangahridayam and numerous other
books on Hindu thought, beliefs and practices are available on
Exotic India Art, in Hindi and major
Indian languages. These texts are the zenith of religious and literary
greatness and anyone who gets to read one, or more than one of these, will find
themselves in the proximity of the primordial wisdom of gods and sages.
Key TakeawaysReading religious and spiritual books can help you find inner peace and connect with your spirituality.There are many religious and spiritual books available in Hindi that cover a variety of topics and can be helpful for people from different religious backgrounds.Some of the books on the list are classics that have been around for centuries, while others are more modern works that offer a fresh perspective on spirituality.The author provides a brief overview of each book on the list, which can be helpful in deciding which books to read.The list includes books from different religions, which can be helpful for people who are interested in learning about different spiritual traditions.
Reading religious and spiritual books can help you find inner peace and connect with your spirituality.
There are many religious and spiritual books available in Hindi that cover a variety of topics and can be helpful for people from different religious backgrounds.
Some of the books on the list are classics that have been around for centuries, while others are more modern works that offer a fresh perspective on spirituality.
The author provides a brief overview of each book on the list, which can be helpful in deciding which books to read.
The list includes books from different religions, which can be helpful for people who are interested in learning about different spiritual traditions.
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