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Vipadaḥ Santu Tāḥ (Let there be all calamities): The urge of an old lady from Mahabharata

The grand crowning ceremony has just ended. It was time for Keshava, to return home to Dwarka and board the chariot. However, at the last minute, Pundareekaksha’s lotus eyes were looking for someone from the crowd. There stood the mother of today’s champions and rulers, Kunti, among her kith and kins.

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The Story of Narayan Swamy Ji Maharaj: An Ardent Devotee of Lord Hanuman

Hanuman Jayanti is observed on full moon day during Chaitra month to commemorate the birth of the Vanara God, Hanuman. The day is an occasion for Hindus to evoke the uncontrolled infinite devotion and daring deeds shown by the god.

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Śri Rāma: Beyond Indology, History and Social Justice

Rāma surrounds, teaches, protects and pervades the entire life of a Hindu and at the end of his life its RāmaNāma that liberates him. So for a Hindu, Rāma is a very much a living reality, his God.

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Sakti Worship in North-East India: A Historical & Cultural Perspective Part-II

In the face of these and numerous other challenges, it has now become all the more important to work towards the preservation of the traditional systems of religious beliefs and practices of different groups and communities of people in the North-East. It is also important to understand the fact that although influenced by various local elements, these practices and beliefs are not different from Sanatan Vedic practices.

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Different Colours of Holi Celebrations from North-East India

Holi, for Hindus, is the time when we meet one another, play with colours, have fun, laugh, and most importantly, welcome the summer heat after the chilly winters. Holi in North-East India would perhaps remain incomplete without talking about the famous Doul Utsav festival of the culturally-rich Barpeta district in Assam.

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Sakti Worship in North-East India: A Historical & Cultural Perspective (Part 1)

The Sakta cult of Ma Durga is also widely prevalent in Manipur among different sections of the Meitei Hindus. The travelogues of the Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Huien Tsang in the 7th century A.D. have several references of Manipur in the context of the Kámárupá and Kámákhya.

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The Varna Value System

In the varna Value system there is no low and high ‘caste’. Even Valmiki in his Ramayana declares that even a Shoodra is ‘Arya’. This not only demolishes the Aryan invasion/migration theory, but also demolishes a vertical hierarchy of varna as opposed to a horizontal classification.

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Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal – A Forgotten Wonder

This temple is one of many such lesser known temples built during the Hoysala era. It is a “live” temple and daily puja is offered here. However, because of its relative obscurity most people visiting this temple are devotees and one is unlikely to see an art or culture lover.

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The Historical Approach to the Mahabharata

Join us on 9th July when Prof. Vishwa Adluri and Dr. Joydeep Bagchee will talk about the scholarship on the Mahabharata.

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A Brief History of Indian Science. Some Underlying Principles.

The connection between the outer and the inner cosmos is seen most strikingly in the use of the number 108 in Indian literary and artistic expression. It was known that this number is the approximate distance from Earth to the sun and the moon, in sun and moon diameters, respectively.

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