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A baby upon a floating leaf

A baby upon a floating leaf

The image, which comes to one's mind when the words ‘baby’ and ‘leaf’ are mentioned together, is that of lord Viṣṇu. Purāṇas state that lord Viṣṇu assumed the form of an innocent baby and laid on a banyan leaf in the tempestuous waters of the cataclysmic . . .


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Satyabhama

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One of the most intriguing but less-discussed characters of the Purāṇas is Satyabhāmā, the consort of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. She was the daughter of Satrājit, an influential and wealthy Yādava. Satrājit was blessed by the Sun God with a unique gem called Syamantaka, which . . .


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Sri Venkatesa Kalyana

Sri Venkatesa Kalyana

The Thamizh month of Puraṭṭāsi, corresponding to September–October in the Gregorian calendar and the Sanskrit month of Āśvina, is considered auspicious, especially for the worship of Lord Veṅkaṭeśvara of Tirumala. According to Śrīvaiṣṇava philosophy, idols are representations of Supreme avatāras. The philosophy . . .


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Skanda – The Astonishing Child

Skanda – The Astonishing Child

There is an erroneous notion that Hinduism represents a polytheistic religion that admits a multitude of gods. This, in reality, is farthest away from the truth and the philosophical standpoint of the faith. Sanātana-dharma or the ancient way of life, as we call our faith, comprises of six . . .


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The Unifying Reality

The Unifying Reality

History has borne witness to the heinousness that the caste, colour, and gender-biases can result in. Such biases, entrenched in a myriad of forms, tear the society apart; leaving bloodshed and strife at its worst and inequity and resentment at its best in its wake. Upon deeper thought, it . . .


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The Great Sage Agastya

The Great Sage Agastya

One of the foremost of sages known in the Bhāratīya tradition is Mahaṛṣi Agastya. Several sources suggest that Agastya is a ‘Tamil’ mystic, who greatly influenced the philosophy of Śaivism in the South and produced pioneering works in Tamil grammar and medicine. The Ṛgveda contains several sets . . .


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The Illusion Of Caste

The Illusion Of Caste

The discrimination on the basis of caste, race, or gender is a universal one; that reveals the fundamental nature of the human mind to identify with the similarities and differences in individuals. Besides this complication, it is also a consequence of bolstering one’s own superiority. Historically, caste and religion . . .


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