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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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The Occasion of Sheetala Ashtami

The Sheetala Ashtami is observed in India exactly eight days after the colorful festival of Holi. The name of the Goddess, bringing steadiness, freshness with happiness in life during deadly situations, derives its name from the Sanskrit root- “Sheetal” meaning cold and calm.

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Do All Religions Have the Same Goal?

For us Dharma is universal. It is not mandated by anybody. It is not history. It was not given out by somebody, a special person telling us, “Do not do this, do this. This should be done, and this should not be done.” Any given person did not give these kinds of mandates, in history, at a given time. Before the advent of that person also there were human beings; one cannot say that they did not have any matrix of value, dharma.

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What makes ‘Gods’ appear ‘devilish’?

Jan 4,21by Ram Swarup

Why do some gods appear to have devilish qualities? And why should a being who has such qualities be called a god? And why should he have so much hold? Read on to find out.

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What India can learn from France’s fight with Islamic terrorism?

In this article Khalid Umar tells us what Islamic terrorism is; how it has been destroying peace and harmony of the world for hundreds of years and particularly recently. He is also telling us what we can learn from France's response to Islamic terrorism.

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The Reality of Sufi Islam

It is often claimed that Islam as a religion is as spiritual in orientation as Hinduism is. The 'evidence' given is almost always - Sufism. It is said that if Hinduism had divine or spiritual philosophy then Islam too did. Khalid Umar in this short article analyzes some common myths about Sufism.

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The Mughals through Travelers’ Eyes

In this article Khalid Umar challenges some common adulatory and hagiographic myths about the Mughals. He says that contrary to what leftist peddlers say, the Mughals did not build cities but destroy those which were already flourishing. This becomes evident from the evidence of the travelers who traveled India during the Mughal rule. The Mughals were also Islamic fanatics who destroyed Hindu temples to create Islamic monuments.

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The Case Against the Mughals

In this short article, Khalid Umar analyzes the claim that the Mughals made India far richer, culturally and financially, as claimed by various leftist historians. He concludes that this was not the case and the Mughals changed India for the worse in so many ways.

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