Hindu View of Nature
Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

The Hindu View of Nature and Environment

Hinduism has always been an environmentally sensitive philosophy. No religion, perhaps, lays as much emphasis on environmental ethics as Hinduism. The Mahabharata, Ramayana, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas and Smriti contain the earliest messages for preservation of environment and ecological balance. Nature, or Earth, has never been considered a hostile element to be conquered or […]

Hinduism

Lord Ganesha Eka Vimshati Name Puja

During Ganesh Chaturthi Puja, Lord Ganesha is worshipped with twenty one sacred Patra or leaves. It is believed that worshipping Lord Ganesha with his favorite leaves pleases Him. A pleased Ganesha bestows strength, long life, wisdom, wealth and prosperity upon His devotees. Hence 21 Patra Puja has become integral part of Ganesh Puja. All twenty-one […]

Hinduism Today
Hinduism

Hinduism Today

Our first efforts of relating to a tradition or fitting into a custom were instigated not when we first visited a temple but during the social lessons, when we were taught that India is a country of varied religions and culture. It is only when the options unfolded in front of you, you decided to […]

Famous Hanuman Temples in India
Popular Temples

10 Famous Hanuman Temples in India

Hanuman is a Hindu God and an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. He is one of the central figures in the Hindu epic Ramayana and its various versions. As one of the Chiranjivi he is also mentioned in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain texts. Vanara (monkey), Hanuman participated in Rama’s war against the demon king Ravana. Several texts also present him as […]

Maha Shivratri
Festivals

Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is an auspicious and great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Masik Shivratri which is celebrated every month on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha, is known as Maha Shivaratri (which is observed once a year) in the month of Magha, according to Amavasyant School. Again, according to Purnimant School Masik Shivaratri […]

Vaisheshika and Naya Philosophy in Hinduism
Vedic Philosophy

Vaisheshika and Nyaya Philosophy in Hinduism

The Darsanās are the great schools of philosophy in Hinduism. These are also called the Astika (orthodox) philosophical traditions and are those that accept the Vedas as authoritative, important source of knowledge. Nyāya and Vaisheshikā are two of the most important philosophies among these 6 darśanas. Let’s know some more. Darshana or darsanā literally translates to […]

Ashtadikpalakas - 8 Rulers of the World - Mantras
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Ashtadikpalakas – The Gods of 8 Directions

The Ashtadikpālas are eight in number. As their collective name suggests, they rule the eight quarters or the eight directions of the universe. Ashta means eight, “dik” means quarters or directions and” pālas “means rulers. According to Hinduism each quarter is assigned to a particular divinity, who presides over it and acts as its chief […]

Matsya Avatar Story - Why did lord vishnu take the matsya avatar
Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Interesting Hindu Mythology Stories

Matsya Avatar Story – Why was Lord Vishnu Born as Matsya Avatar?

Along with Brahma, the creator and Shiva, the destroyer, Lord Vishnu is one of the three main male deities in Hinduism and they are together known as the TRIMURTI. Being a part of the Trinity, He has taken ten incarnations and the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu or the Dashavatara are the several forms He took whenever the universe was in […]