Culture

Upanishad: Key to Spiritualism

Topic for the recent Upanishadic sat-sang was aptly chosen as Purva and Paschim (East and West). It addressed how can in today’s global context whole humanity benefit from eastern Sanatan Gyaan parampara (eternal knowledge) enunciated in the Upanishads..

A Multisensory Experience!

Appreciate temple’s timeless beauty through a multisensory approach. This is manifested not only in temple architecture but also in the rituals performed in temples from early morning to late night. An example of offerings -panchopachara to God, the offerings namely Gandha (sandal), Pushpa (flowers), Dhoopa (incense), Deepa (lamps) and Neivadya (food)..

Upanishad: Spirit of Seeking

When in other parts of the world enquirers were put to death for expressing themselves, free expression was flourishing across Bharat. And, Upanishads are eternally replicable examples of how open and innocent dialogues can keep society free from dogma and in touch with reality..

History of Sacred Pillared Halls

Mandapas are an important component of temples. Over the years, they swelled in numbers and were added according to different functions like a hall for dance got the name Nat Mandir, a hall for offerings got described as Bhog Mandir. Nat Mandapa in Karnataka were referred as Ranga Mandapa..

Experiencing Immortality

The union with five elements of nature can be accomplished while we are living. This is possible through yog saadhanaa (practice). It leads to the experience of immortality while we are within this mortal coil called the human frame..

Kolkata's idol maker becomes first to send fiberglass Durga idol overseas amid COVID-19 outbreak

An idol maker from Kolkata's Kumartuli sent a fiberglass idol of Goddess Durga to Germany and New Jersey becoming the first artisan in the region to send his artwork overseas amid the COVID-19 outbreak..

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

Exactly four years before his Mahasamadhi, coincidently, Swamiji wrote a poem ‘To the Fourth of July’ in English on 4 July 1898!..

Significance of Sacred Dance

The dance and its immediate architectural setting of Rang Mandapa is indeed very special. It not only facilitates the movement of the footsteps of the dances in a particular rhythm but also eases the direct connect of the dancer-devadasi- devotee with the God ..

Living a Transcendent Life

The difference between the ‘other’ in known and ‘other’ in unknown is that of behaviour. How we behave with others or vis-à-vis others in the known, that evolves to become etiquette when it is truthful. Our relationship with the “other” in an unknown domain is our saadhanaa as an individual entity..

The Changing Contours of Temples

Historians not from our land always thought that temple construction activity began from the Gupta dynasty (320-550 c). They tried to trace the evolution of temple structures from this period only. Because Buddhism was the dominant religion in Bharat prior to this period and memory of our ways of living was probably washed away. Only garbha griha then Ardha Mandapa and then Mandapa is the sequence of evolution that is demonstrated. However, we know that temples and worshipping spaces have been a part ..

A Shiva Temple Stands Out

The Yadav dynasty ruled Maharashtra from 9th to 14th century. Very rich, prosperous and art-loving, kings of this dynasty built beautiful, sculptural temples during their reign. One such temple stands in the village of Zodge on the Mumbai-Agra highway. The temple of Mankeshwar Mahadev in the village of Zodge, 30 km from Malegaon, is very beautiful but neglected. This temple is very spectacular and intricately carved. There is a square court in front of this west facing temple and a beautiful idol ..

All-Pervasive: Agyaat or Agyeya?

Bharatiya Ithaas (Indic traditions) tells us that it is the way of knowing, which resulted in the evolution of religions (panths) world over when seekers devoted themselves to know the one/unknown within who knows all. In the earlier phase, emphasis was more on spiritually understanding, experiencing and feeling the supreme reality..

Importance of Vat Savitri Vrat and how such rituals strengthen family bond

   In North India, Vat Savitri Vrat is observed on Amavasya Tithi (New Moon) of Jyeshtha month of the Hindu calendar and in South India, the Vrat is observed on Purnima Tithi (Full Moon) of Jyeshtha month. On this day, women in many parts of Bharat tie a thread around the Vat Vruksh (pipal tree) and pray for the long life of their husband. Many ‘modern’ people wonder why the wife has to keep fasts and pray for the husband. Why don’t husbands do this? Actually, ..

Birsa Munda - The Hero who fought against to save Dharma and Mathrubhumi

Birsa Munda was born on November 15, 1875, at Ulihatu in Bengal Presidency, now in the Khunti district of Jharkhand, on a Thursday, and hence named after that day, according to the then prevalent Munda custom...

Fast foods versus traditional Foods- an evaluation

I have come to hear a piece of news. The news in the air is that Neslay, a giant in the food industry in its internal document, acknowledged that more than 60% of the products are not healthy...

A Temple Revered by Pilgrims

The Jyotirlinga temple Trimbakeshwar, situated on the banks of river Godavari, is special in more ways than one. Interestingly, the ling is in the form of three faced tridev - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temple, with its unique architecture, was crafted by third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao..

Viveka and Samvaad

Viveka (awakening) decides our choice, and we cultivate our taste according to our Viveka (wisdom), but, in the long run, our choice and taste help shape up our Viveka (Discernment). Thus, in the spiritual journey, satsang, viveka, ishta (choice) and suruchi (taste), all travel together and can mutate as well as transform into one another at some point..

Managing Trustee of Kshetropasana Pujyasri Dr Prema Pandurang no more

Krishna devotee Pujyasri Dr Prema Pandurang, a renowned spiritual preacher, most eloquent exponent of Hindu scriptures, Managing Trustee of Kshetropasana, is no more. She is 76 years...

Kashi Vishwanath of South

Kashi Vishwanath of South..

Jyotirtam-Aashray

Some innovative ways like receiving online guidance and customising many activities within the confines of the home have also come into being, and most of us have learnt to cope with the situation. Phrase ‘working from home’ has already reached a phenomenal level of acceptance across the globe..

Pandemic and Rta

One set of thinkers believed in controlling ‘Nature’. They failed miserably. Another set of thinkers believed in harnessing nature. They also failed. Their approach resulted in situations like ozone layer depletion, leading to global warming and other calamities emerging from climate change issues. Can we say firmly that the current pandemic is not somehow a fall out of this approach of exploiting nature?..

A Mix of Mythology and Culture

Many legends are wrapped around the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Millions of Hindu devotees yearn to go to Kashi and die there to attain Mukti. Devotees from across the world experience the Aarti and Mahashivaratri festivities on the banks of the Ganges. Due to the existence of this temple, the entire Kashinagari has got the appearance of a temple..

Hindus and Jews: The history of the mutual interaction and relation between the two oldest civilizations

The earliest trade contact between Hebrews and Hindus could have dated back to the era of David and Solomon...

Praarabdha: We & They

Spirituality opens its treasure to seekers when they discover limitations of rationality (tark) and limitlessness of intelligence (pragyaa). Intelligence can never be devoid of rationality. Rationality devoid of intelligence leads to fanaticism or blind belief ..

A Glimpse Into Ancient Temple Town

More than 40 temples glorify the beauty of Sringeri town. The temple of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and art, was built in the 15th century. Fortunately, libraries and ancient rare Sanskrit texts are still preserved here. Experts now need to contemplate on how to incorporate the knowledge disseminated here into today's education system..

Satsang is Way to Higher Life

It is by understanding the importance of the role played by our choice and taste as individuals in shaping our destiny during our life that the mystery and simplicity is carried through the principles of Satsang..

Prime Minister pays tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 160th birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 160th birth anniversary...

Reviving Sharda Peeth

The disintegration of the Kashmir Valley took away the ancient Sharda Peeth, one of the key seats of Bharatiya knowledge, from India. Reviving Sharda Peeth Temple and University, an all-important strategic hub of education in the history of Bharat, for Indian pilgrims is the need of the hour..

The Indian Royals And Digital Preservation Of Indian Textile Heritage: Saving Old The New Way

The Pandemic empowered seven imperial families of India to meet up and present an online textile display that solemnised sustainability through legacy and heritage craft and initiated a discussion on the resurrection of customary and traditional information and practices in the Indian fashion industry..

Values and Direction

There is an important saying in Sanskrit Vidya Tu Abhyasen (knowledge stays functional only through its continuous practice). Later, in the English language, a similar sounding saying, ‘practice makes a man perfect,’ came into being. But, unlike in the case of Sanskrit, the focus in English saying is on man and not on consciousness (as it is in Sanskrit). This difference of focus encompasses subtle yet huge difference in vision/gaze..

Hindu Deities Shine in Japan

Many of our forgotten deities are still being worshipped in Tokyo and other Japanese cities. This can now be seen in a seminal film "Indian deities worshipped in Japan" by Benoy K. Behl..

ITIHAAS and HISTORY

Today, the world as a society has evolved to such an extent that we live more or less harmoniously governing ourselves through various democratic institutions having functioning networks, ranging from a tribal hamlet in an obscure corner of the earth to the most buzzing metropolis..

Celebrating Feminine Power

Celebrating Feminine Power..

Where the Stones Begin to Speak

This verse explains how to divide the stone into nine parts, how to determine the shape of the sculpture, what should be the proportion of the face concerning the body and where and how to begin. Many scriptures and treaties are dealing with shilp and sculpture carving. The details are innumerable and intricate...

Mahaajanah–X: How scribes recognise and describe: Living Vs Development

Yoga and Ayurveda are practised by many across the world. But, acknowledging, asserting and reiterating its value is missing in their order of priorities. Its outright ingratitude. And ingratitude is sin. It’s the prolonged practice of ingratitude that makes some sinners in their own eyes. Else, all are born divine. That’s the singular possibility..

Mahaajanah–IX: How scribes recognise and describe them: Higher forms of language

Has the world’s political consciousness yet to reach that level of transparency where knowledge and research are ‘accepted’ without any bias, especially in the field of social sciences, history, literature, etc.?..

Building Blocks of Temples

Almost all the temples constructed in India during the golden period of construction are out of stone. Stone was normally procured from nearby stone quarries..

Cast in Stone

The behaviour, breathing, life and lifespan of stone, femininity, and masculinity of stones were the highlight of temples and mentioned in our ancient treatise. Feminine stones were used for making idols of female Goddesses. Similarly, masculine stones were used for making male Gods. Neutral stones had different applications. Ancient stone temples are a testimony of this kind of deep study carried out by our sculptors..

Mahaajanah–VIII: How scribes recognise and describe them: Satya and Truth

Satya emanates from our relationship/bonding with the supreme (param-Akshar). Bonding is liberation. Bondage is the botheration. Satya is not the same as truth as, as in search of roots, one looks up (directed towards subtle) another looks down (directed towards gross)..

Learning from Old Temple-Building Techniques

Vastu Purusha Mandal is always square in shape. Sometimes it is 8x8 made of 64 squares and sometimes 9x9, 81 squares. For temple design, mostly 8x8 form is used...

Sacred Geometry of Hindu Temples

Scale and proportions have prime importance in temple architecture. Square is considered to be the basic form. Vaastu Purusha Mandal is also square in shape and has square sub-components. Temple plan and elevation and overall form mostly evolve from square shape. Fractions and small parts of the temple form have been carefully designed to keep in mind the nature and laws of nature and simple and complex fractions of the square..

Samarpan Abhiyan for Bhavya Ram Mandir in Ayodhya Unified Bharatvarsh, Says VHP

The fund collection drive for the construction of a grand temple of Bhagwan Shri Ram in Ayodhya unified Bharatvarsh, said Central Vice President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Shri Champat Rai Saturday. ..

Mahaajanah–VI: How scribes recognise and describe them: ‘Language-Secularism’ & Open society

Figuratively speaking, openness is the mother of courage and courage is the vessel that upholds the light of truth. Being courageous means not being adamant. When most are not open but adamant, then it becomes a struggle to run human societies or nations or families on the principle of openness..

“A book that everybody should read”, Paulo Coelho writes about Bhagavad Gita

World-renowned author Paulo Coelho on Twitter said that Bhagavad Gita is “A book that everybody should read”, while sharing the lines “Do not yield to this degrading impotence, Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise”...

Remembering Nanaji Deshmukh: The Saint who actualised Antyodaya through Gramodaya

Born in Maharashtra he devoted his entire life to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) making Uttar Pradesh his area of working as an RSS pracharak. ..

Mahaajanah –V: How scribes recognise and describe them: Sanskrit & Sanskriti

One meaning of the word Sanskrit is “a spoken language (Bhasha) which brings users to the same level of consciousness”. And when we take this meaning, the word Sanskriti (culture) would mean “endeavour of bringing about evenness or bringing everyone on the same level of consciousness.” This example depicts one more feature of Bhasha that meanings..

On Solid Ground

Before undertaking construction of temples, elaborate soil testing and treatments are undertaken to fortify the ground. Vastu Shastra mentions in detail about the tests that should be conducted..

Asia’s largest Shiva Temple ‘Maha Mrityunjoy’ opened in Assam

Union home minister Amit Shah attended the Pran Pratistha Mahotsav of Maha Mritunjay temple in Barhampur locality of central Assam on 25 February 2021 marking the opening of Asia’s biggest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva...

Through Hymns of Yajurveda in Sanskrit, India Sends Message of Peaceful Co-existence

Starting his address at the UN Security Council Open Debate with a Sanskrit hymn of the Sukla Yajurveda, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar sent the message how to care for the environment and every form of life is very intrinsic to the Indian civilisation...

Tracing Filial Links

It’s a rare bond that needs to be celebrated. Bhartiya connection can now be found in far off Australia. Aborigines have 11 per cent Indian DNA as their forefathers migrated from India centuries ago. As a result, Northern Australians share a similar spiritual thinking vis-à-vis’ Sanatana Dharma..

Scriptural Basis of temple Architecture

The Vastupurush Mandal is like an appliance. It has ‘yantra’, ‘mantra’ and ‘tantra’ all in one. It also has guidelines for following appropriate proportions of architecture, design guidelines and details of building construction. (Sort of an encyclopaedia or data book for temple design and construction). ..

Mahaajanah –IV: How scribes recognise and describe them: Language & Culture

Mahaajanah –IV: How scribes recognise and describe them: Language & Culture..

Scriptural Basis of Temples

In Hinduism, human evolution can be understood through four ages. Satya, Treta, Dwapar and Kali Yug. There was no need for temples in Satya Yug. Gods appeared in the Treta Yug, but there were no temples..

Mahaajanah –III: How scribes recognise and describe them: Purva and Paschim

Other than valuing Mahaajanah (the ones who are well versed), Bhaashaa (language) and sense of Itihaas (history) are two very important tools in knowing one’s own roots and identity. A curriculum which values its values, symbols, Mahaajanah, Itihaas, and Bhaashaa becomes the means for shaping up valuable human beings. For example when Tulasidas wrote Ramcharitmaanas in (Bhaashaa) the language of people, it gave them immense self-confidence (swa-adhisthaan) ..

Temple Cities

To get acquainted with India's culture, one must study temples in-depth and pay attention to them, take care of them, and acquire more and more information about our roots from them..

Mahaajanah–II: How scribes recognise and describe them: ‘Chunk’ and Nation

As a spiritual culture, we realise that we are inseparably connected to all (and one) eternally. This leaves no space for the possibility of hatred and envy in our minds (Only a fool can be envious and hateful in such a case). As the expansion of self happens the whole existence appears one's mirror image, there is no 'other'. Mired in ignorance, we are the 'other' for ourselves, once the darkness of ignorance is dispelled then real self (Mahajanah) shines forth brilliantly..

Many Trajectories of Academic Terrorism

Cultural Terrorism: Conflicts and Debates on Cultural Pasts unravels the modus operandi of the Left-Liberal cabal in the country and external anti-Hindu agencies and operatives who are out to destroy the indigenous culture. They target culture because it has the power to integrate people, preserve values, identities and a sense of oneness to the homeland..

Wind that lifts Our Spirits

Five senses of human beings; visual, kinesthetic, olfactory, auditory and palate are designed to perceive and experience this world, the beautiful creation of Almighty. One lifetime seems to be not enough to acquire its holistic and complete understanding. So, one is continuously exploring the world through these senses..

Mahajanah–I: How Scribes Recognise and Describe them

In any devoted heart filled to the brim with remembrance, an entry in the field of grace is through prayer, discipleship, and humility. Remembrance leads to gratefulness (kritagyata) towards the remembered one which paves the way for krit-kritya taa (attaining the goal of human life)..

Ladakh tableau to participate in Republic Day parade for first time this year

Ladakh's tableau depicts the iconic Thiksey Monastery located on top of a hill in Thikse in Leh district, and is one of the most-visited tourist sites in the region...

Mystery of Becoming

Who should we look at to find this illusion's solution and, see that we were–that only who we have 'become' now? Doesn't it sound mystic? Call it good or better or best news. Else, howsoever good it may be, no 'good news' is good enough which is incapable of seeing/realising the divine/reality within..

President Ram Nath Kovind donates Rs 5 lakh for Ram temple construction as 'Shri Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan' begins

President Ram Nath Kovind made the first contribution towards the reconstruction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Friday. The President donated a sum of Rs 5,01,000 to the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust...

Govindbhai Dholakia from Surat donates Rs 11 crore for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya

A diamond trader from Surat in Gujarat, Govindbhai Dholakia on Friday has made a contribution of Rs 11 crore for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh..

'Let Ayodhya dwell in the minds of one and all': Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat's full speech at the Ram Mandir Purnarnirman Prarambh Samaroh, Ayodhya

We present below the address of Parampoojneeya Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, on the occasion of the shilanyas of the grand Shri Rama Temple at Ayodhya conducted on August 5, 2020..

Festival of harvest Makar Sankranti being celebrated across the country

It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam, Makara Vilakku in Kerala and Poush Sangkranti in West Bengal...

National Youth Day: Swami Vivekananda & His global relevance

Swami Vivekananda's weapons of winning the world were education and peace. He always portrayed himself as a 'Nationalist Saint' who wanted the youth to get out of their comfort zones and achieve absolutely anything they desire...

Invaders and Infidels: Lessons from A Bloody History

The current volume is first in a 5 volume re-telling of that history that disturbed the continued uninterrupted flow of Bharatiya civilisation since at least 6000 years of documented history..

Centre decides to form committee to protect language, culture & land of Ladakh

Centre has decided to form a committee to protect the language, culture and land of Ladakh and ensuring citizen's participation in the Union Territory's development. The Committee will be headed by the Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and will include elected representatives from Ladakh, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, central government, and the Ladakh administration...

Work on Ayodhya Ram temple foundation to begin by January-end: Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra

The work on the foundation for the Sri Ram Temple at Ayodhya will start by the end of January. General Secretary of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Champat Rai said that the testing of soil was going on...

Prime Minister Modi’s 72nd Mann Ki Baat highlights 92-year-old Sanskrit Scholar Srinivasachariar and Krishnagiri farmer Subramanian from Tamil Nadu

In the latest episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi mentioned about the Chennai Mylapore based nonagenarian agile and active Sanskrit Scholar, publisher, writer and priest Azhichur T Srinivasachariar...

Teerth Keshtra –Shivtharghal

Shivtharghal is a cave in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is 34-kilometres away from Mahad. 'Ghal' means cave. It is surrounded by high mountains on all sides and is situated at the foot of the Waghjai valley. Shivtharghal is in the midst of the mountains, covered with green trees and vines. Samarth called it 'Sundar Math'. Samarth Ramdas Swami (seventeenth century) lived here for 22 years. During this time, Samarth wrote 'Dasbodh', his famous treatise. Dasbodh loosely means 'advice to the disciple' ..

Aatm-Nirbhartaa-III

Example of Vaamanamurthy comes from a distant past maybe you may feel apprehensive about circumstances and contexts of this example. Therefore, let us take the example of any contemporary mountaineer or athlete. Athletes practice a lot before participating in any real event. Similarly, everyone would require a lot of practice before taking an aforesaid single step. And, ask any coach or athlete, discipline is the first thing which comes to their mind when they visualise practice. Without discipline, ..

Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, Mallakhamba included in Khelo India Youth Games 2021

Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta, Mallakhamba included in Khelo India Youth Games 2021..

Aatm-Nirbhartaa-II

Aatm-Nirbhartaa-II..

Teerth Kshetra – the site

Pilgrimage – teerth-yatra – the word has the connotation of self-purification – for the purification of body and soul. The Mahabharata and mythological Hindu scriptures have plenty of references about teerth-yatra and teerth-kshetra. Kashi, Prayag, Ganga, Godavari, Narmada and all revered rivers of Bharat and every inch of their banks, their context and surroundings are the teerth kshetras..

Swami Rangananthanda was a self evasive saint who stood for Dharma and its eternal values: BJP leader Ram Madhav

Shri Ram Madhav was delivering the keynote address in a webinar "Remembering Swami Rangathananda in his birthday" organised by Centre for Policy and Development Studies. ..

Relevance of Temples in Scientific Age

The ancient sages always considered the human body to be the abode of God. Temple architecture and spaces within have been synchronised with the human body. Great deal of thought and philosophical semiotics is represented through temple design..

Aatm-Nirbhartaa

In reality, everyone is the ansha (part) of the whole (purna) known as parmaatman (omnipresent). In reality there is no escape from oneness. However, one can keep postponing their realisation of it and suffer endlessly. The choice is between Atma-prvanchanaa and Atma-Nirbharataa. Choose wisely..

Confluence of art, science, architecture

Temples were not only a place of worship, but also a place of social function, social integration, social awakening, dissemination of art, education..

Ideologies,religions and sat-sang

Recent scholarly works in Indology based on new research methods are bringing to fore that how foreign rulers kept best of India out of our sight and, how worst of India was projected by them through distorted and motivated translations and publications..

Chronology of Kaliyuga

If we derive the dates based on the epigraphic inscriptional evidence of Kaliyuga, the historical chronology of our nation becomes more accurate and more correct ..

Arjun Munda E-Inaugurates The First Ever Virtual Aadi Mahotsav

       Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, launched the virtual edition of Aadi Mahotsav- Madhya Pradesh today. The 10-day long festival, commencing on December 1, 2020. The main focus is on the tribal craft and culture of Madhya Pradesh. Meena Singh, Minister for Tribal Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Ramesh Chand Meena, Chairman, TRIFED were the guests of honour for this online inauguration today. Addressing the occasion, Arjun Munda ..

Kartik Purnima/Karthika Deepam: A festival that connects Hindus across Bharat, unites the nation

Karthika Deepam is a related festival in South India and Sri Lanka. Houses are illuminated with Diyas to celebrate this auspicious day...

Guru Nanak Gurpurab: A spiritual light for Humanity

Guru Nanak Gurpurab is an occasion to pay homage to a great reformer and a teacher who taught the world to love and respect the entire humanity...

#Chidakasha: The space of Consciousness

    Everything we observe occurs in space and is a manifestation of space. All things originate in space and are inherent in space. Nothing comes from outside of space as all things are defined by space. Even time is perceived as movement in space.  This means everything we observe is a quality of space. Space is the matrix of all potentials. Different objects in space are different formations or densifications of space. Space is never empty but full of all possibilities ..

Canada to return idol of Hindu Goddess Annapoorneshwari stolen over 100 years ago from Varanasi

The University of Regina, a Canadian university will soon return to India an ancient idol of Hindu Goddess Annapoorna, which was stolen from a temple in Varanasi over 100 years ago. Presently, the idol is part of the University of Regina's collection at the MacKenzie Art Gallery..

Lord Vishnu Temple of Hindu Shahi period unearthed in Pakistan

A 1300- year old Hindu temple dedicated to Bhagwan Sri Vishnu was unearthed in the Swat district of Eastern Pakistan in an excavation carried out by Pakistani and Italian archaeologists. Italian archaeologist Dr Luka Maria Olivieri, who heads the Italian archaeological mission, has stated that this was the first temple of Ghandhara civilisation discovered in Swat...

Chhath Puja festival being celebrated with traditional fervour & devotion

Chhath Puja is being celebrated in different parts of the country with traditional fervour and religious devotion today. Devotees will offer prayers known as Sandhya-Arghya to the Sun this evening...

Bronze idols of Bhagwan Sri Ram, Sri Lakshman and Sita Mata which were brought back from UK by the Union Govt handed over to Tamil Nadu

On September 15, 2020, these Bronze idols were handed over to High Commission of India in London by Metropolitan Police, London. As per the photo documentation done in 1958, these idols belong to the Sri Rajagopal Vishnu Temple (temple built during the Vijayanagara period) in Anandamangalam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. As per the investigation carried out by the Idol wing of Tamil Nadu police these idols were stolen from the Sri Rajagopal Vishnu Temple on 23/24 November 1978..

Four-day celebrations of Chhath Puja begin today

Chhath is an ancient Hindu Vedic festival which is mainly celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh and the Madhesh region of Nepal. ..

Kamdhenu, Festivity and Fulfillment

In Dharmic literature, the concept of Kamdhenu is considered as a miraculous "cow of plenty" who fulfils the desires of the owner. An IT professional of Karnataka is reliving this experience with Gau-Sewa and Wealth-Creation..

Bhai Dooj being celebrated across country

On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have a long and happy life by performing Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters. The festival is also celebrated as Bhau Beej, Bhathru Dwithiya, Bhai Phota, Ningol Chakuba and Bhai Tika in different parts of the country. ..

Diwali: All you want to know about its Origin, Significance, Customs & Traditions

Diwali is one of the most significant Hindu festivals that celebrated all over India and even abroad. Also known as Deepavali, Diwali is the festival of lights that spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. At most places Diwali is celebrated for five days...

Dussehra-Milan: Bonding through Culture

‘Dussehra-Milan’ is being organised by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Japan from last 5 years to utilise the auspicious occasion of "Vijaya-Dashmi" for connecting various Indo-Japanese cultural organisations which are actively working in Japan for the last few years. This year, Dussehra Milan was celebrated virtually to follow the on-going safety measures...

Taking Yoga and Ayurveda to Kyrgyzstan

India's immense contribution to the world through yoga and Ayurveda can be gauged from the fact that these twin ancient disciplines are generating interest among the people of Kyrgyzstan. Little wonder that the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan in India, Asein Isaev, a yogic practitioner, is keen on cementing ties with India through these Vedic sciences..

Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya: A military genius who won 22 battles against Afghans & Mughals

Hemu was a ruler who won twenty-two battles in barbaric medieval times, ruled Delhi and was the chief character of Second Battle of Panipat...

Ayurveda has some positive news for Sleep-deprived: Ayush Ministry

The broad area of study called ‘anidra’ in Ayurveda deals with sleep-deprivation and related conditions, and it offers some time-tested solutions...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah greet the nation on #ValmikiJayanti: Know about the day and the great sage #MaharishiValmiki

Valmiki Jayanti: Know about the day and the great sage Maharishi Valmiki..

Adhyatma & Spirituality

As a result of intellectual bullying, we could provide very shallow understanding of Dharma to such fellow countrymen who are educated through English medium and are not familiar with Sanskrit either..

‘May blessings of Maa Siddhidatri bring success in everyone’s life’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi bows to Maa Siddhidatri on Mahanavmi

Siddhidatri is the final form of Durga, celebrated on the final night of Navaratri. Her name means "giver of supernatural power," and Hindus believe she bestows blessings upon all deities and devotees of the faith. Siddhidatri grants wisdom and insight to those who appeal to her, and Hindus believe that she can do the same for deities who worship her as well...