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Bhish­­­ma, the Virtuous

Devrata has been observing the change of mood of his father. He summoned the ministers and the charioteer and questioned them. The prince rode his chariot alone and went straight to the Dasara king. He sought the hands of Satyavati for his father...

Selfie With Ravan

An Indian Left Liberal’s attempt to ‘decimate’ the Aryan Ram is met with delusion as the Dravidian Ravan exposes the Comrade Indian Left Liberal’s legendary ‘ignorance’..

Restoring the glory of Vedas is needed for the welfare of the entire world - Shri Mohan Bhagwat

Restoring the glory of Vedas is needed for the welfare of the entire world - Shri Mohan Bhagwat..

Bhish­­­ma, the Virtuous

Bhishma was the son of king Santhanu and goddess Ganga. Santhanu was the son of king Pradeepa. With full vigour and adolescence, as Santhanu was wandering on the banks of river Ganga, he met with Ganga. It was love at first sight. He wooed her and entreated her to be his love. But there was a condition by Ganga. – Shantanu could never question her..

Looking to the Past for Building future Aircraft

Looking to the Past for Building future Aircraft..

Uniting the Entire Bharatavarsh

One of the most austere rituals in Hindu Dharma is Parikrama, a sacred ritual that involves walking around holy river,..

Gandhari, the Chaste

Gandhari has been a devotee of Lord Shiva since her childhood. The Lord blessed her with a hundred sons in her married life. Bhishma who came to know of the fortune of Gandhari, decided to get Dhritharashtra married with Gandhari and sent ..

"Everyone should strive to learn and preserve ancient Bharatiya knowledge", Priyavrata Patil who passed 'Tenali' Mahapariskha at 16 and won appreciation from PM Modi

"Everyone should strive to learn and preserve ancient Bharatiya knowledge", Priyavrata Patil who passed 'Tenali' Mahapariskha at 16 and won appreciation from PM Modi..

Duryodhana & the Pandavas

In Part IV of our series we learn lessons from the story of Duryodhana as he is squarely defeated in the war of Kurukshetra..

Ravana & Bali

In Part III of our series we learn how mighty Ravana was done in by sheer arrogance, deciet, and moral deprivation..

A Treasure in Ruins

The Narang Temple ruins in Kashmir is a sad reminder to the callous, cold attitude of the Archaeological Society of India which has failed to protect and preserve the ancient Hindu treasure..

Kashmiriayat includes both Hazratbal and Amarnath

New Delhi: Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch and India Policy Foundation, on July 13, organised a discussion on the return of Kashmir Pandits. ..

Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak: The Father of Indian Renaissance

A century before the Arab Spring, Lokmanya Tilak who along with Chhatrapati Shivaji, laid the foundation of Indian Independence, was the real father of India, who messed up the entire freedom movement by ignoring the essential Hindu character of the movement and unnecessarily emphasising the Muslim element in Indian politics..

Significance of Guru and Gurupoornima

Significance of Guru and Gurupoornima..

'A Remarkable Achievement: Pink City Jaipur designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

In a remarkable achievement, India gets its 38th World UNESCO World Heritage Site as Pink City Jaipur. Union Minister for Tourism and Culture (IC) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel thanked the global community for recognising the historic and cultural importance of Jaipur..

'To the Fourth of July': A poem written by Swami Vivekananda 4 years before his Mahasamadhi!

Coincidently, Swamiji wrote a poem ‘To the Fourth of July’ in English on 4 July 1898! Though it was written on the anniversary of the United States' independence, it is said that the poem reflects a passionate utterance of his powerful longing for freedom..

Sri Ram footprints on Iraq’s cliff: Excavation in Iraq reveals more than 4,000-year-old mural of Bhagwan Sri Ram Chandra Ji and Bhagwan Sri Hanuman Ji

Administrator of the Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan, Ram Tirth, said an excavation in the Sulaymaniyah region of Iraq has revealed 4200-year-old murals with images believed to be that of Lord Ram, Lakshman and Hanuman..

Hayagriva Madhava temple: How a centuries-old Hindu temple in Assam helps 'extinct' turtle back to life

The black softshell turtle is officially extinct in the wild, but a centuries-old Indian temple and its nature-loving caretaker are helping them back to life..

Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurates Exhibition ‘Unknown Masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art' in the national capital

Inaugurating the exhibition, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, said that Folk Art and Folk Culture is integral to the survival of any society and that under the guidance and leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, his Ministry will strive to preserve and promote the same..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Guruvayur Temple, offers 'Thulabharam' with 111 kg lotus flowers: Know about the Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple that is known as "Vaikunta on Earth"

Prime Minister Modi offered Thulabharam ritual (a special offering where the devotee is weighed against an offering of his choice) with 111 kg lotus flowers at the temple after taking darshan..

Vice President calls for translating Vedas into various Indian languages to reach the common man, conducting research on Vedic knowledge

The Vice President said that TTD funds should be used exclusively for propagating Sanathana Dharma and providing facilities to pilgrims, but not for any other purpose..

Shankarajayanti observed at Shankaracharya hill in Srinagar

Shankarajayanti observed at Shankaracharya hill in Srinagar on May 9th this year with participation from Swamijis, Sants, Purohits, Kashmiri Pandits and common people who came from across the country Shankaracharya hill in Srinagar   Every year people from across the country visit Srinagar on Shankarajayanti with a mission to pray for peace, national harmony and for a strong nation.  Shankarajayanti is the birth day of Adi Guru Shankaracharya who was the pioneer on advaita philosophy. ..

Quichotte: Salman Rushdie’s new novel inspired by Don Quixote out in August

Penguin Random House India announces the upcoming publication of Man Booker prize-winning and internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie’s new novel Quichotte..

Readers’ Forum

Apropos (The Principled Fighter), Organiser March 31, 2019, the tribute to Manohar Parrikar was truly a heartfelt homage to the common men’s CM. In Parrikar’s demise, the nation has lost a fine politician, an excellent CM and one of the best Defence Ministers of our country. ..

Hindol Sengupta's biography of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to be adapted into web series

The web series will trace the journey of Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel towards becoming one of the tallest leaders of the Indian polity—an ordinary young lad from Gujarat with skeletal education going on to ace one of the toughest law exams in the United Kingdom, returning to India and practising at Godhra..

How I became a Hindu | Maria Wirth speaks to Organiser

Organiser Editor Shri Prafulla Ketkar in conversation with Maria Wirth. She talks about her recent book, 'Thank You India ( A German Woman's Journey To The Wisdom of Yoga)' and her journey, searching for truth and encountering the many remarkable men and women, gurus and teachers, who would act as guides for her decades in India..

Poojya Swami Chidananda Puri on Kerala's Unique Temple Traditions

“Sabarimala is not discriminatory at all. If you apply logic to belief system, there will be no religion”: Swami Chidananda Puri on Sabarimala Traditions ..

Bundeli Folk Dance | Folk Dance of Bundelkhand

Bundelkhand is a geographical and cultural region in central India, divided between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Bundelkhand has a rich tradition of art and culture..

Dena Merriam speaks to Organiser

Dena Merriam speaks to Organiser ..

Republic of Temples

The ancient land of Bharatvarsha is not only epitomised in the beauty of its magnificent temples and majestic gopuras, it is also enshrined in the strict adherence of its vedic traditions. The author takes a look at the sorry state of our glorious temple, in the light of brazen attacks by ungodly regimes on Sabarimala shrineAabhas K Maldahiyar Bharat is a godless land. Yet, it has innumerable gods and goddesses. This paradoxical idea is beautifully captured by the ‘Republic of Temples’. ..

Five day-long ‘Bharat Parv’ begins at Red Fort: Statue of Unity replica and Gandhi Gram catch the eye

‘Bharat Parv’ event showcasing the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat began on January 26 at Red Fort as part of the Republic Day 2019 Celebrations..

Padma awards for 2019 announced: Here is the full list of awardees

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday conferred the Padma Awards to 112 people from various disciplines..

Nanaji Deshmukh, Pranab Mukherjee, Bhupen Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna: Prime Minister heaps praises

RSS Pracharak and social worker Shri Nanaji Deshmukh will be conferred with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna posthumously. ..

Prime Minister inaugurates National Museum of Indian Cinema

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai on January 19, 2019..

#PrayagrajKumbh2019: From Allahabad to Prayagraj

2019 as the Year of the Kumbh holds special significance for each one of us. It can usher in a new era not only of technological marvels but also of inner renewal and a boundless yogic vision..

Khajuraho Lit Fest: Inculcating Nationalism in Literary Discourse

Khajuraho Lit Fest was a successful experiment in building a nationalistic alternative platform to ‘popular literature festivals’, which are celebrated for lack of Indianness..

#KumbhMela2019: A Conference of Saints and Seekers

Kumbha, the nectarine pot, and mela, the confluence of minds, is the veritable manifestation of the philosophy portrayed in the Rig Veda, 'let noble thoughts come from all directions'..

#KumbhMela2019 : Know about Kumbh and its historical significance

The Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj is held in the month of Magh of Hindu calendar when Jupiter is in Aries and Sun and Moon are in Capricorn or Jupiter is in Taurus and Sun in Capricorn..

All set for Kumbh Mela 2019 at Prayagraj

First Shahi Snan of Akharas on January 15; Event to be broadcast Live by All India Radio & Doordarshan..

#NationalYouthDay ‘Raise the masses slowly up, raise them to equality’: Interview of #SwamiVivekananda on Feb 6, 1897, published in the Hindu

Swami Vivekananda spoke about religion, rituals, caste and the education of the masses in an interview he gave The Hindu on February 6, 1897, during a train journey from Chingleput to Madras..

Mammoth spiritual gathering at Pongalur

- VSK Tamilnadu Pongalur in Tiruppur District witnessed a mammoth spiritual and divine gathering in the history of Tamilnadu on 23, 24 and 25th December, 2018. Gou Pooja at Pongalur    Every year Hindu Munnani Coimbatore Vibhag, comprising Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Erode and Tiruppur Districts, organizes programs for youth on January 26 and for women on December 25. The practise has been in vogue for the past 11 years. This year Coimbatore vibhag planned to organize 1 lakh families ..

Metadata prepared for Syama Prasad Mookerjee papers catalogued and preserved by NMML

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) has also preserved the papers of Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar with the Microfilm Division of the Library..

Somnath and Ayodhya: Reinstating Bharat’s Pride

Dr Rajendra Prasad believed that the resurrection of Somnath would only be complete when India reclaims its lost cultural and economic glory. Similarly, in order to realise Gandhi’s dream of Ram Rajya, it is vital that the Ram Mandir, a symbol of our ancient culture, be reinstated in a manner that reflects Bharat’s pride and resolve..

10 monuments adopted under the ‘Adopt A Heritage’ project

Archaeological Survey of India has identified 100 monuments as “Adarsh Smarak” for upgradation of existing facilities/amenities like Wi-Fi, cafeteria, interpretation centre, brail signage, modern toilets etc. on the basis of actual requirement and feasibility on case to case basis..

Mahakavi Subramania Bharatiyar ignited resurgence in Tamil literature: Vice President

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Mahakavi Subramania Bharatiyar ignited resurgence in Tamil literature and he drew inspiration from ancient sources of Indian culture..

'Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self': 350 students from across the country participated in Rashtriya Yoga Competition

A three day Rashtriya Yoga Competition was organised by Vidya Bharti from November 25 to 27, in the premises of Geeta Balbharti School ..

India - The Leader of Ayurvedic Herbal Products Manufacturing and Export

India is one of the leading countries in what concerns the manufacturing and export of Ayurvedic herbal products. A multitude of herbs which grow in this country are used by the Ayurvedic medicine and are incorporated in various herbal products..

Cultural, Religious and Civilisational Influence of Hindutva on Southeast Asia

Hinduism has had a profound impact in Southeast Asia’s cultural development and its history..

The Princess of Ayodhya who became the Queen of Korea

The legend of Princess Suriratna continues to connect Bharat and Korea after two millennia; cultural unity transcends the geographical distance..

Ayodhya: Truth I Knew, Truth I Said

The archaeological evidence collected by Prof Lal and his team, of which Dr K K Mohammed was a part, confirmed the presence of a huge pre-existing temple beneath the disputed structure..

Sister Nivedita: Embodiment of Shakti and Bhakti

Goddess Kali, the embodiment of primordial feminine energy, deeply impressed Sister Nivedita..

Bharatiya Sculpture at its Peak

Bharat has a long sculpting tradition. The earliest remains of the same were found in the caves of Bhimbetka, and since then, art historians and archaeologists have unearthed treasure beyond measure It happened in the year 1957. Dr Shridhar Vishnu Wakankar, a resident of Ujjain, an archaeologist was travelling to Itarsi from Delhi by train. After the train passed Bhopal, he saw some formations in the mountains. Those formations appeared familiar to Dr Wakankar because he had seen similar formations ..

A Musical Bridge Builder

An accomplished Marathi singer-composer the late Sudhir Phadke is regarded as an icon of Marathi film industry and the Marathi light music. Though he passed away on July 29, 2002, he still rules the heart of the people through is immortal songs and music. He has 111 films to his credit as a music director and 21 of which are in Hindi. His singing of Geet Ramayana is still recalled by many. Apart from being an excellent singer and musician, he is also known for his lead role in the liberation of Dadra ..

Mother of Martial Arts

Bharat had a different sporting culture that was rooted in her soil and civilisation. In present day, though we mainly focus on Cricket, or at the most Hockey, when Bharat and Pakistan play against each other, in reality like our food and festivities, we have had a diverse sporting tradition that needs to be understood and revived. While under the NDA Government, Sports Authority of India (SAI) has proposed a mega event to felicitate thousands of folk artist and to organise seminars and workshops ..

The Sailing Saga

From the Harappan port sites, via Vedic Literature to organised nature of Mauryans, Pandyas, Cholas and Cheras, it is evident that Ancient India had a rich Maritime heritage commencing much before recorded history..

Our Advanced Metal Science

Archaeological evidence suggests that metallurgy was a very advanced science in Bharatiya civilisation. The mining of metals have been going on even before the protohistory..

#IndigenousPeoplesDay Text, Pretext & Context

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was started by the United Nations to ensure justice to the indigenous peoples of the world who suffered from historic injustices as a result of their colonisation and dispossession of their lands and preventing them from exercising their right to development in accordance with their own needs and interests. Surely the indigenous peoples in European countries like the American Continent, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, etc have undergone inhuman ..

The Church Pogrom

Wherever Church entered with the colonial expansionists, it led organised massacres of aboriginals and pushed them away from their safe dwellings A group of Native Americans look at a sailing ship in the bay below them. Credit Corbis, Getty  Serra landed in San Diego, California in 1769 on a mission from Spain, to commence construction on the first of 21 Catholic missions in the State. Through his directive, the Spaniards built the missions throughout California, plundering the land ..

“The Walled City of Jaipur” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition: Dr Mahesh Sharma

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage recognition, Union Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma informed Rajya Sabha today..

Guru Purnima: Bharat as “Vishwa Guru”

Celebrating Guru Purnima is not just about paying respect to our Gurus and Guru Parampara but also about decoding the eternal message of our sages for Bharatvarsha as Vishwa Guru..

Our Ancient ‘Water Management’

Bharat has a long tradition of water management. People were very much skilled in constructing dams and ponds. This is all well-documented..

Culture is a way of life and Religion is a way of worship: Vice President

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu was interacting with the members of ‘Youth For Bharat’, who called on him, in New Delhi on July 22...

Revival of an ‘extinct’ tradition

The story of the revival of RigVed’s Śaṅkhāyana Shakha, an ancient tradition that was believed to be extinct, is the story of honest and untiring efforts. When four years ago three young men discovered that it still survives in a small town in Rajasthan, with only two people alive who know it, they made the revival as their life mission. When we say “Ours is a traditional society”, or “Indian civilisation is a 5000 year old living civilisation”..

Making of Punyakoti

The first Sanskrit animation movie ‘Punyakoti’ to be released later this year stimulates emotions and acquaints the audience with the unique Indian style of animation. The folk song and tale of Punyakoti, the virtuous cow, have been narrated to children of most households in Karnataka for generations. The emotional connect the tale has with the people of the State is tremendous given that it is chronicled more as a story in personal integrity, ethics and compassion, for b..

Yoga:The Ultimate Therapy

Yoga Therapy is a field in medical science that is finding wide acceptance not just because of the increased awareness but due to the cure it provides to many ailments..

Treasure Trove: Ancient Arts of Bharat – II

Bharat has a long continued tradition of theatre based performances. Both the archaeological and literary sources bear witness to this fact..

Lokmanthan 2018 Opens Registration for Delegates

Online registration is now open for Lokmanthan 2018 ..

#HinduSaamrajyaDivas The Relevance of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Today's Context

The full text of speech by RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat Baudhik on the occasion of Hindu Saamrajya Divas at Nagpur on June 24, 2010..

Hindu Samraiya Diwas: Modern World, Shivaji and Good Governance

An article by former Union Minister late Anil Madhav Dave written for Organiser Weekly in 2014..

Kheer Bhawani Temple: Rekindling the Real ‘Kashmiriyat’

The Kheer Bhawani Mela while attracting devotees from the entire country affirms the fact that ‘Kashmiriyat’ is one with ‘Bharatiyata’..