Hinduism Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

The Legend of the Rice - A Tale from Ancient India
'The Legend of the Rice' takes you back in time when the rice, the food of the Indian people, was of larger grain. An enticing tale from ancient India.

Books & Literature on Hinduism
About some useful books and literature on Hinduism, book reviews, book extracts, etexts and ebook downloads, and information on publishers selling Vedic literature and books on Hinduism.

Indian Languages Primer: Travel Phrases
A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.

Translate English to Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu or Kannada
English speakers in India are able to communicate in most urban areas. But outside of cities, it's good to know phrases in some of India's common languages.

Translate Arabic to Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada
For Arabic speakers, it can be challenging to travel throughout India, since there are so many different languages spoken. Here is a helpful translation guide.

Hindu Scriptures & Epics
The world's first scriptures, the oldest religious texts, the longest epic poems were all born in India. Here's your one-stop resource center on the Vedas, Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata...

The Ramayana: Full Text Translation by Romesh C Dutt
Romesh Chunder Dutt provides the definitive translation of the epic Sanskrit poem The Ranayama, one of the oldest and longest such texts in the world.

The Bhagavad Gita - Web Resources
A handful of inspiring places on the Net that offer you the enlightenment of the greatest of the Hindu scriptures.

Vedic Mathematics
Some exciting sites on the ancient system of calculations, now popularly known as Vedic Math.

The Mahabharata Full Translation Book One
The Mahabharata is an ancient Sanskrit epic that tells the story of the war between the Panchalas and the Kurus in the 13th or 14th century BCE.

The Laws of Manu: Full Text Translation by G. Buhler Chapter 1
The text of the Laws of Manu, or Manusmriti, an ancient Hindu text translated from the Sanskrit by scholar and linguist Georg Buhler.

The Basics of Hinduism : Beliefs, Practices, Rituals, Sects, Symbols, Trends
Reliable resources to guide you through the basics of this unique faith, its beliefs and practices...and more.

Vedic Astrology: Signs or Rashis
The Zodiac According to Indian Tradition

Hindu Goddesses: Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, et al
Articles and resources on popular Hindu Goddesses: Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, et al...

Lord Ganesha
Articles and Resources on the elephant-headed Hindu God...

Lord Hanuman - Articles and Resources
Articles and Resources on Lord Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon.

Lord Krishna
Articles and resources on one of the most popular gods of the Hindu pantheon.

Lord Shiva
All about Lord Shiva, the Third God of the Hindu Trinity, Shaivism and the Shivaratri festival.

Hindu Gods & Goddesses
Articles and Resources on various Hindu gods and goddesses - Ganesha, Shiva, Krishna, Durga, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Jagannath, Hunuman... and more

Top 5 Books on Ayurveda
What are the 5 best articles on Ayurveda

Hindu Devotional Music: Bhajan, Aarti, Audio & MP3 Downloads
A selection of links to quality Hindu/Indian devotional music resources, streaming audio & MP3 downloads: Bhajan, aarti, kirtan, hymns, mantras and more...

Ganesha MP3 Downloads - Hindu Devotional Chants, Songs & Bhajans
Here are some of the best free MP3 downloads dedicated to the popular Hindu deity Ganesha. The links include aartis or hymns, bhajans or devotional songs and mantra or prayer chants. Click on the titles to download the MP3 files. You need an MP3 Player (Windows Media Player / WinAmp / QuickTime) to listen to these devotional songs.

Top Hindu Devotional Music / Bhajan CDs by Jagjit Singh
Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music CDs by Jagjit Singh.

Hampi is the Ancient Hindu Capital of Vijayanagara
Once opulent, Hampi was the cornerstone of Vijayanagara and lead the area in all forms of art: music, sculpture, and literature.

New Age
A selection of Netlinks on the New Age Movement with special reference to Hinduism

Reincarnation
Various sites dedicated to reincarnation, karma, afterlife, rebirth and transmigration of the soul, as believed by the Hindus:

Self Development Through Hindu Philosophy
Self-help tools and tips gleaned from Hindu philosophy that can lead you to eternal happiness and help you become a better human being

Tantra
A handful of exciting sites on the Hindu spiritual tradition of Tantrism and its different aspects (not just sexuality and love making!)

Vaastu
Chosen sites on the ancient science of Vaastu that consist of guidelines for architecture, planning, design and interior decoration.

Glossary of Hindu Terms
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit terms generally used in Hindu teachings. Click on the alphabetical list below to view the words and meanings.

Hinduism 101
A simple introduction that answers a few basic questions on Hinduism and provides a brief explanation of key themes.

Om / Aum
Select sites on the sacred Hindu symbol of Aum or Om

Hindu Prayers & Mantras
Here're select resources on prayers, mantras, hymns, aartis, vandanas, bhajans and meditations on Hindu gods and goddesses. Articles on specific prayers and on why and how to pray will be useful to you...

Shaivism
Gain some Shivate Power from these sites on Lord Shiva, Shaivism and the Shaivate philosophy of Shakti

Vegetarianism & Ahimsa
Here's a sampling of some essential sites on vegetarianism and 'ahimsa' or nonvilence, replete with resources for vegetarians as well as wannabe vegans.

What Exactly is Tantrism All About?
Some call Tantrism the cruel side of Hinduism. Is it really cruel? If not, what's it really all about?

Hinduism for Kids
This is a special section dedicated to resources for children of all ages -- a great way to introduce kids to the glories and greatness of the universal religion through tales and legends from the mythology and history.

INDIA: Past & Present - From History to Current Affairs
Some splendid sites that take you back in time to the history of India & Hinduism, and resources that help you find the latest about present-day India

Jataka Tales
Jataka Tales from ancient India serve as a moral guide in the garb of tales of wisdom. Written around 300 BC in the Pali language, these stories (a total of 547 in number) are mainly about past incarnations of the Buddha.

Tales From the Panchatantra
The original Sanskrit text of

Tales & Legends
Even in this age of Harry Potter books, Indian folk tales and bedtime stories continue to enchant the young reader. Here's a collection of stories that will be of interest to young and old alike. Read aloud and enjoy!

What Is Tantra? - Master Shri Aghorinath Ji
Tantra is mistakenly identified as the yoga of sex, black magic, witchcraft, and an amalgam of techniques for influencing the mind of others. Renowned Tantrik master Shri Aghori ji dispels the myth surrounding this Vedic tradition of Tantrism.

The Radha-Krishna Romance - Hindu Literature
Perhaps no other faith glorifies the idea of love between the sexes as Hinduism. The amazing variety of mythical love stories that abounds Sanskrit literature is undoubtedly one of the richest treasure hoards of exciting love tales. Come, explore! Page 4.

Tales from Hindu Literature - Lord of Love and Kamadeva
The amazing variety of mythical love stories that abounds Sanskrit literature is undoubtedly one of the richest treasure hoards of exciting love tales.

Hindu LIterature: The Love Tale of Shakuntala & Dushyan
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The Story of Savitri & Satyavan
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The Story of the Birth of Lord Krishna
The birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental phenomenon that generates awe among the Hindus and overwhelms one and all with its supra mundane happenings.

Hindu Succession Act, 2005: Equality for Women
The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 removed the gender discriminatory provisions in the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 and gave a number of rights to daughters taking them on a par with sons.

15 Years of the Ganesha Milk Miracle
Looking back at one of the most important events related to idol-worship in the 20th century that occurred on September 21, 1995. The world watched as inanimate idols of Lord Ganesha drank thousands of gallons of milk from ardent devotees in homes and temples across India and the world.

The Five Precepts or Pancha Shraddha
‘Pancha Shraddha’ or the five precepts constitute the five basic Hindu beliefs. By teaching these to sons and daughters, parents worldwide pass on the Sanatana Dharma to their children.

The Five Precepts or Pancha Shraddha - Hinduism Basics for Children
‘Pancha Shraddha’ or the five precepts constitute the five basic Hindu beliefs. By teaching these to sons and daughters, parents worldwide pass on the Sanatana Dharma to their children.

The Five Precepts or Pancha Shraddha - Hinduism Basics for Children
‘Pancha Shraddha’ or the five precepts constitute the five basic Hindu beliefs. By teaching these to sons and daughters, parents worldwide pass on the Sanatana Dharma to their children.

The Five Precepts or Pancha Shraddha - Hinduism Basics for Children
‘Pancha Shraddha’ or the five precepts constitute the five basic Hindu beliefs. By teaching these to sons and daughters, parents worldwide pass on the Sanatana Dharma to their children.

The Five Precepts or Pancha Shraddha - Hinduism Basics for Children
‘Pancha Shraddha’ or the five precepts constitute the five basic Hindu beliefs. By teaching these to sons and daughters, parents worldwide pass on the Sanatana Dharma to their children.

Diwali e-Greetings - View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Deepavali
View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights!

Diwali e-Greetings - View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Deepavali
View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights! Page 2.

Diwali e-Greetings - View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Deepavali
View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights! Page 4.

Diwali e-Greetings - View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Deepavali
View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights! Page 3.

View and Send Animated E-cards for Diwali
View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights!

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 9.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 12.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 4.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 5.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 7.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 8.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 10.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 11.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 3.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 2.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta - Photo Gallery of the Hindu Goddess
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India. Page 6.

Maharshi Veda Vyasa: The Life and Works of Hindu Sages
Vyasa is perhaps the greatest sage in the history of Hindu religion. He edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the epic Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Read about the life and works of Maharshi Vyasa.

The Mysticism of Rabindranath Tagore - Mystical Poems from Tagore's 'Gitanjali' - 1
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What Rabindranath Tagore's Poetry Teaches Us About God
Rabindranath Tagore, the first Hindu Nobel Laureate - brought out the essence of Eastern spirituality in his poetry like no other poet. His spiritual vision, as he himself said, is imbued

The Mysticism of Rabindranath Tagore - Mystical Poems from Tagore's 'Gitanjali' - 2
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What Is a Guru? - Hindu Spiritual Teacher
Guru is the God, say the Hindu scriptures. The English word 'guru' has its etymological origin in the Sanskrit term and means a

Extracts from Books on Hinduism
Presenting extracts from notable books on Hinduism that teach the various aspects of the faith. You will find them interesting and useful...

Death & Dying
Perspectives from the Hindu beliefs regarding death, grief, afterlife, and transmigration of the soul:

The Great Hindu Epics: Ramayana & Mahabharata
Read and enjoy the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and get to know a lot more about them.

Sri Satyanarayan Vrata & Puja - Worship of Lord Vishnu
The ritual worship of Lord Vishnu or Sri Satyanarayan Puja is an important occasion for Hindu, especially in North India. Read about its origin and significance, and how to observe this fast.

Chhath Puja - Hindu Ritual for the Sun God
Chhath Puja also called Dala Puja is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It is popular in the Northern and Eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand and even Nepal.

10 Days with the Mother Goddess Durga
It's festival time again! Every year during this time, Hindus observe ten days of ceremonies, rituals, fasts and feasts in honour of the supreme mother goddess Durga. Here's how to celebrate Navratri, Dusshera, Durga Puja and Vijayadashami.

The Making of Durga Idols - Kumartuli, Calcutta
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India.

Ramayana Characters (R-S)
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13 Places in the Ramayana
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Ramayana Characters and Places in the Great Hindu Epic
Here's a ready reckoner of 50 characters and 13 locations found in the eternal stories of Rama, a veritable directory of the who’s who of the Ramayana legend - in alphabetic order...

Ramayana Characters (T-V)
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Ramayana Characters (K-N)
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Ramayana Characters (A-J)
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The Spiritual Significance of Diwali
How to illuminate your inners self. Swami Sivananda says that many a Deepavali have come and gone but the hearts of the many people are as dark as the night of the new moon. Learn how to light up the heart.

Pitri-Paksha - Annual Ancestor-Worship
The annual ancestor-worship or ‘Pitri-Paksha’ is a period that is observed every year during the dark half of the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’ by the Hindus. This period of 15 days is set aside by the Hindus for the remembrance of their ancestors. During this fortnight, Hindus donate food to the hungry in the hope that their ancestors will also be thus fed.

Whatever Happens Will Happen: "Harmony in Daily Living"
In this parable from Peace & Harmony in Daily Living, Advaita Guru Ramesh Balsekar illustrates why people dont really act according to their own personal will, because events happen, deeds are done, but there is no individual doer thereof.

Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Tapas' or Austerity
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Santosha' or Contentment
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Astikya' or Faith
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Ishvarapujana' or Worship of the Lord
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Siddhanta Sravana' or Scriptural Listening
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Mati' or Cognition
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Vrata' or Sacred Vows
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Niyamas - Observances or Practices in Hinduism - 'Japa' or Incantation
What does living virtuously mean to Hindus? It is following the natural and essential guidelines of dharma and the ten 'yamas' and 'niyamas' – ancient scriptural injunctions for all aspects of human thought, attitude and behavior. Here we present the ten niyamas - the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

Why Hindu Youth Often Lack Interest in Hinduism
In this essay, Vedic scholar Dr. Frank Morales speaks on how to save Hinduism from Universal Radicalism, preserve its uniqueness, and usher in the renewal of authentic Hinduism.

Visit to Hampi - Reliving the Lost Glory
The ancient city of Hampi in the southern Indian state of Karnataka dates back to the age of the epic

Simhastha Kumbh of Ujjain - Hindu Bathing Fest
The Simhastha Kumbh at Ujjain is an event, which Hindus wait for 12 years. Millions of people converge here to be a part of this unique bathing festival.

Cambodia's Shiva Temple Reopened 2011 After Renovation
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"Quest For God" - A Poem by Swami Vivekananda
In this poem, Swami Vivekananda, sings about the harmony of all religions, an issue so relevant in today's world. Excerpted from his letter written in 1893 to Prof. J.H. Wright of Boston who introduced the Swami at the Parliament of Religions.

Yoga & Meditation: Articles & Web Resources
Yoga and meditation are Hinduism's unique gift to the world. They strengthen your body and mind providing mental peace and physical power, help you fight disease and live longer and healthier. The following articles and resources will increase your awareness about these powerful mental and physical disciplines that are intrinsic to Hinduism.

How-To: Yoga & Meditation
Quick how-to guides on yoga and meditation techniques that you can try at home

Top 6 Asanas or Yoga Poses
Asanas are the various positions that make up the practice of Yoga. Here are brief descriptions on some of the most important, popular and easier Yoga postures.

Hindu Festivals & Holidays
Here're some colorful and info-filled pages about major Hindu festivals and religious celebrations round the year.

Hinduism Headlines: News & Views - April 2016
Check out the latest news items, essays of importance, and interesting blog posts about Hindus and Hinduism that are published in the global media.

Why Julia Roberts Became a Hindu
Academy Award winning Hollywood actor Julia Roberts, who converted to Hinduism in mid 2010, reconfirmed her faith in Hinduism while commenting that her “opting for Hinduism is not a religious gimmick”.

Top 5 Free Ebooks by Swami Vivekananda
In Vivekananda's works, we have

Hindus / Indian Baby Names Glossary
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit-based Hindu and Indian baby names and their meanings for both boys and girls.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – N
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with 'N.'

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys - along with their meanings - arranged alphabetically.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls - along with their meanings - arranged alphabetically.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – S
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with 'S.'

About Akshardham Swaminarayan Temple
All about the Akshardham Swaminarayan Temple of Gandhinagar, Gujarat, which was attacked by terrorists on September 24, 2002, killing over 30 pilgrims.

Organisations
Know about various organisations - spread across the world - owing allegiance to Hinduism.

Hindu Temples & Organizations
Homepages of Hindu temples and temple societies in India and around the world - useful for both real and virtual pilgrimage.

Temples in India
The map of India is dotted temples. Here are excerpts from Swami Sivananda's

The Himalayas: Abode of Gods
The God-souled Himalayas have a deep significance in the Hindu tradition for a myriad reasons.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – M
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with 'M.'

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – P
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with 'P.'

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – A
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with 'A.'

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – S
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with 'S.'

Indian Baby Boy Names – V
Here's a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with the letter V

Uttarayan & the Kite Festival of Gujarat
Uttarayan, a major festival of Gujarat celebrated on January 14 or Makar Sankranti, is known for the display of kite flying skills and now an International Kite Festival.

Winter Hindu Festivals: Pongal / Makar Sankranti / Lohri
Hindus celebrate a host of winter festivals in mid-January. In North India, it's Lohri on the 13th. On the 14th, people observe Makarsankranti across India, Uttarayan in the West, Pongal and Tamil New Year in the South, and Magha Bihu in the East. Here's a collection of web resources on these Hindu winter harvest festivals...

What is Mind? - By Swami Sivananda
Swami Sivananda, in his book 'Mind - Its Mysteries & Control,' tries to unravel the mystery and the make-up of the human mind based on Vedic philosophy.

INDIA: Government & Politics
A selection of some reliable sources of government information on India...

Indian National Anthem and National Song
Full text and English version of India's National Anthem & National Song along with links to download the official MP3 and instructions of playing them.

Amavasya Dates for 2016-17
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the new moon days on the month. Here are the Amavasya or New Moon dates for the current year. Page 2.

Ekadashi Dates for 2016-17
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the 11th days of the lunar month. Here are the Ekadashi dates for the current year. Page 3.

Purnima Dates 2016-2017 (Saka Era 1938)
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the full moon days on the month. Here are the Purnima or Full Moon Dates for the current year.

A selection of top sites on Diwali - the festival of lights - the biggest Hindu festival...
A selection of top sites on Diwali - the festival of lights - the biggest Hindu festival...

Festivals: Durga Puja/Dusshera
A selection of Sites on Dusshera and Durga Puja - the greatest festival of Bengal

Festivals - E-Cards/Greetings
A selection of Web sites that offer special e-cards and greetings for various Hindu festivals and occasions

Holi - Festival of Colors
A selection of colorful resources on Holi - the Hindu festival of colors celebrated in mid Spring every year...

Festivals: Rakhi
A selection of Web sites on Rakhi or 'Raksha Bandhan' -the Hindu festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters

Festivals - Rathyatra
A selection of Web sites on the summer festival of Jaggannath Rathyatra

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – G
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with 'G.'

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – J
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with J.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – M
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with M.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – N
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with N.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – K
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with K.

Importance of Devotion or 'Bhakti' According to the Gita
In the Bhagavad-Gita, the greatest and holiest of Hindu scriptures, Lord Krishna emphasizes the importance of 'Bhakti' or loving devotion as the only way to realize God.

The Ramayana Epic of India
The Ramayana is one the world's most read epics. Know more about this enchanting story, its writers and origin, characters and places and its immense popularity and universal appeal.

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India News & Current Affairs
Here's where to find the latest news on India...

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – P
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with P.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – R
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with R.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – H
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with H.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – D
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with D.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – D
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with D.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – H
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls starting with H

Theories About the Origin of Hinduism
Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion. Here is a brief discussion on the origin of Hinduism and a historical timeline of the major milestones in its evolution.

Monsoon Wedding: This Is India!
Mira Nair's 'Monsoon Wedding,' which won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2001, is a true mirror of contemporary Indian culture centered on a typical Hindu wedding.

Here're some stills from Bollywood movies portraying Indian / Hindu culture, as well as film reviews...
Here're some stills from Bollywood movies portraying Indian / Hindu culture, as well as film reviews...

Mr & Mrs Iyer: Love Amid Terrorism
Aparna Sen's Mr & Mrs Iyer is a poignant love story set amid violence mirroring a frightening reality in the wake of 9/11 and Hindu-Muslim riots, masterfully exploring human nature.

Ganesha Mantra
Chant this mantra of Lord Ganesha for Success .

Book Excerpt: Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake"
Excerpts from Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake

"The Ramayana" - Full Text Translation by Romesh C Dutt - EPILOGUE
The Ramayana is one the world's most read epics. Read the full text of this Hindu scripture in this 11 lucid and reader-friendly translation by Romesh C Dutt - divided into 11 chapters.

SHIVA ART GALLERY
A selection of contemporary paintings of Lord Shiva.

Vaastu Chart
A a date-wise list of Hindu festivals and religious occasions for this month., from your About.com Guide

Indian Languages Primer: Cantonese to Hindi, Bengali, Marathi
A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.

Indian Languages Primer: French to Hindi, Bengali, Marathi
A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.

Indian Languages Primer: German to Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.

Indian Languages Primer: Spanish to Tamil, Telugu, Kannada
A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.

Bindi: The Great Indian Forehead Art
Hindus attach great importance the 'Bindi' dot on the forehead between the two eyebrows. Here's all you needed to know about the hot spot that's in vogue today.

Bindi (Indian Forehead Art) History and Significance
Bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental dot on the forehead between the two eyebrows. Here's all you needed to know about the hot spot that's in vogue today. Page 2.

Agnivarsha: 'The Fire & the Rain'
Agnivarsha or 'The Fire & the Rain' relives the age-old myth even as its multi-faceted characters play out its inexorable end. The film, adapted from 'The Myth of Yavakri' in the Mahabharatas also made to Broadway.

Agnivarsha: 'The Fire & the Rain'
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Hindu / Indian Arts & Culture
Explore the world of Hindu/Indian Art & Culture from painting & sculpture and beauty & decoration to movies, music and performing arts...

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – T
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with T

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – T
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with T.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – B
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with B

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – K
Here is a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with K.

Be an Ideal Hindu
A simple How To on how to be an ideal Hindu

Book Review: "The Namesake" - by Jhumpa Lahiri
A major international best-seller, 'The Namesake' is a debut novel from Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of 'Interpreter of Maladies' that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and critical acclaim for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America.

Stories Of Shiva
Here are three mythological legends of Siva, the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution.

Nataraj: Symbolism of the Dancing Shiva
Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism and Indian culture, developed by 9th and 10th century artists in a series of beautiful bronze sculptures. What does it symbolize and signify?

About Lord Shiva: The Fascinating Deity
About Lord Shiva - the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution. Read about his destructive forces and why he is worshiped as a phallic symbol.

The Science of Consciousness - Mind Over Matter
An Indian scientist has formulated some path-breaking theories based on the ancient Vedic Sciences that give us a powerful insight into the gray regions of the human consciousness. Discover what lies beyond the realm of conventional sciences.

Namaste - The Real Meaning and Significance
Nameste is the Hindu way of greeting each other. It is not a superficial gesture or mere word, but has deep spiritual significance. Learn how and why to nameste.

Introduction to Ayurveda, Basic Principles & Theory
Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. Here's a quick introduction to this ancient Hindu science.

An Introduction to Hinduism for Beginners
If you're new to this faith, here's where to begin. In this simple introduction to a complex religion, get your basic questions on Hinduism answered and explained in brief.

Laws of Manu or 'Manava Dharma Shastra'
Traditionally accepted as an arm of the Vedas, the 'Laws of Manu' or 'Manava Dharma Shastra' (c. 500 BC) is a key Hindu text. It presents the norms of domestic, social, and religious life, and is fundamental to the understanding of ancient India.

The Principal Upanishads - Chandogya, Kena and More
The Upanishads, hailed as the supreme work of the Indian mind, form the core of Hindu teachings. Learn about the 13 principal Upanishads and read the English translation of these texts by Max Muller.

Principal Upanishads - Brihadaranyaka, Svetasvatara, Isavasya, Prashna, Mandukya, Maitri Upanishads
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Rig Veda in UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register
The Rig Veda manuscripts, believed to be the first literary documents in the history of humankind, are now part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

The Essentiality of Equanimity - How to Balance Your Emotions
We must approach opposed feelings like success and failure, or happiness and misery with a sense of equanimity. Read on to find out why and how to balance your emotions.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra - Toughest Hindu Plgrimage!
Every year, between May and September, thousands of Hindus go for the 26-day Kailash Manasarovar Yatra - one of the most rigorous and holiest pilgrimages to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in the northern Himalayas of India and Tibet.

Varanasi (Banaras) - India's Religious Capital
Varanasi, one of world's oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. Also known as Banaras, this holy city rests on the bank of the sacred Ganges, and has some unforgettable experiences to offer to every visitor.

Hindu Temples (History, Locations, Architecture)
Although it is not mandatory for a Hindu to visit a temple regularly, they play a vital role in Hindu society and culture. Learn about the basics of what a Hindu temple is all about.

Holy Cows: Hinduism's Blessed Bovines
The cow is a pampered animal in India for religious reasons. Why is the cow considered sacred? Does it make any sense to protect the cow? Read more about the history of holy cow...

Amarnath Yatra: Pilgrimage to Paradise
Braving hostile climatic conditions and threats of militant attacks, tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims pay visit to the holy snow-clad cave shrine of Lord Shiva at Amarnath in the Himalayas. What pulls them to Amarnath?

The Mookambika Shrine of Kollur - Pilgrimage Center of South India
Kollur, in the Indian state of Karnataka, a place referred to in the Skanda Purana, and the refuge of several saints, including the Adi Shankaracharya, is one of the most revered pilgrimage centers of India. Manoj Sadasivan reports from the site.

JD Salinger & Hinduism - Religious Affiliation of the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye'
Jerome David Salinger (1919-2010), American novelist and short story writer, best known as the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' was regarded by many as a Hindu. Although he was an experimenter in spirituality, he had deep respect for Hinduism and yoga, and also well versed in the Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

The Sacred Texts of the Hindus
The world's oldest scriptures and the longest epic poems are among the sacred texts of the Hindus. A brief introduction to the basic scriptures of Hinduism.

The Uniqueness of Hinduism
Owing to its peculiarity Hinduism can never be neatly slotted into any particular belief system. A brief introduction to the uniqueness of Hinduism.

The Hindu Calendar System
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.

Four Famous Female Figures of Vedic India
Women of the Vedic period (c 1500-1200 BCE), were epitomes of intellectual and spiritual attainments. The Vedas have volumes to say about these women, who both complemented and supplemented their male partners. Read about a few significant female figures of the Vedic period - Ghosha, Lopamudra, Sulabha Maitreyi, and Gargi.

The Spiritual Value of Holi, the Festival of Colors
Swami Sivananda tells you all about Holi - from its history and origin to its true significance and how to celebrate holi the festival of colors in its proper spirit... Page 2.

The Story of Holi
Swami Sivananda tells the story of Holi - from its history and origin to its true significance and how to celebrate the festival of colors...

Ganesha: Lord of Success (The Hindu Elephant-Deity)
About the elephant-headed deity - the Hindu god of success, the importance of his form and how he got his head.

Mehendi or Henna Dye: History & Religious Significance
Henna tattoos are considered among the most auspicious 'ornaments' of a married Hindu woman. A look at the history, significance and how this beautiful reddish dye has become synonymous with Hindu wedding, and has made waves the West.

Mehendi or Henna Dye: Green, Cool & Beautiful - An Essential Part of Hindu Wedding
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Arranged Marriage, Love Marriage & the Law of the Land
Polygamy has been outlawed for Hindus. A discussion on Vedic marriage rituals, love marriage, arranged marriage and polygamy in the ancient and present Indian society.

Meditation Spirituality: Eight Limbs & Four Types of Yoga
Yoga is much more than Indian aerobics; it is one of the ideals of Hinduism. Devotional meditation upon God is at the very heart of any good yoga practice. The spiritual side of yoga has eight limbs, and theologically there of four types of yoga.

Pongal: Great Indian Thanksgiving - Hindu Harvest Festival
Pongal is the great Indian harvest festival, celebrated every year in mid January to mark the reaping of crops and a special thanksgiving to God, the sun, earth and cattle.

Pongal: Great Indian Thanksgiving
Each day of the four-day festival of Pongal has its own name and distinct fashion of celebration. Page 2.

Pongal: Great Indian Thanksgiving - Tales & Legends
Like all Hindu festivals, Pongal too has some interesting legends attached to it. But surprisingly, this festival has little or no mention in the Puranas... Page 3.

Thaipusam: The Murugan Festival
Thaipusam is an important festival dedicated to the Lord Murugan or Kartikeya observed by the Hindus of southern India and Tamils around the world.

5 Hindu Prayers For All Occasions
Here are the lyrics of 5 prayers - the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, and Meditations on Shiva, Ganesha, Krishna and Rama. Also included are the meanings of each of these prayers.

The Main Tenets of Hinduism - Basics
Hinduism lacks any unified system of beliefs and ideas. A brief introduction to the main tenets, principles and disciplines of Hinduism.

Christ & Krishna Life & Teachings Similarities
Similarities in the names, lives and teachings of the greatest figures of the world's greatest religions have enough fuel for the curious mind to prod into the proposition that they were indeed one and the same person. Indeed it's hard to ignore a host of likenesses between Jesus Christ and Lord Krishna.

Pranayama: Breathe Your Way To Health & Peace
Pranayama is a unique exercise that does not take away our energy - a unique breathing technique that is also a kind of relaxation in which our consciousness is alert.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – L
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “L”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – U
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “C”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – V
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “V”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – Y
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “Y”.

Lord Brahma: The God of Creation - Hinduism
Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings, as depicted in Hindu cosmology. In Hinduism, the whole creation is seen as the dynamic game of the Trinity of Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Here we talk about Brahma and the many facets of his divine energy.

Lord Vishnu: Peace-Loving Hindu Deity
The lord of peace and truth, Vishnu is the Preserver. His many avatars have been known to born on this earth to restore peace and order, including Lord Krishna and Rama.

Sri Aurobindo - The Great Hindu Saint and Litterateur
Sri Aurobindo, the great Hindu scholar and visionary showed us how to attain an inner self-development and an elevated consciousness through his life and works.

Exploring Hindu-Buddhist Connections
Buddha founded a noble religion by distilling Hinduism, and offering a commonsense approach to self-betterment to which the people can relate easily.

Kali: The Dark Mother
Goddess Kali, the Dark Mother is one such deity with whom devotees have a very loving and intimate bond. Get close to Kali - the fearful goddess with a heart of a mother!

How Do You Define Hinduism?
It is not easy to define Hinduism, for it is much more than a religion in the Western sense. A brief introduction to the basics of Hinduism.

Gods & Goddesses in Hinduism
Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute called Brahman but does not advocate the worship of any one particular deity. A brief introduction to the Hindu universe of gods and goddesses.

Vehicles of the Gods - Hindu Deities & Their 'Vahanas'
Hindu deities have particular vehicles or 'vahana' on which they travel. Read about the vehicles of the gods and goddesses and what they represent.

Vishwakarma - Hindu God of Architecture
Lord Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all architects. He is the official builder of all the gods' palaces, and the designer of all celestial vehicles and weapons. A look at this divine draftsman of Hindu mythology and some cities he built.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Paramahansa Yogananda is recognized as one of the greatest emissaries to the West of India's ancient wisdom. His life and teachings continue to be a source of light and inspiration to people of all races, cultures and creeds.

How to Celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
About the Great Ganesha festival. Read how to celebrate this auspicious occasion and pray for inner strength and success in all your undertakings...

2016 Hindu Fasts, Festivals and Religious Occasions
A date-wise list of Hindu holidays, fasts, feasts, festivals and religious occasions for 2016. The most comprehensive Hindu festival calendar on the Web.

Krishna Janmashtami
Janmasthami - the birthday of Hinduism's favorite Lord Krishna is a special occasion for Hindus, who consider him their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend all rolled into one. Find out our Hindus celebrate this day.

The Onam Festival: Kerala's Carnival of Onam
A look at how the people of Kerala go crazy over the state festival of Onam, with ten days of feasting, boat races, song, dance and merriment

Vasanta Navaratri - The 9 Holy Nights of Spring
Swami Sivananda retells the legend behind the 9-day ritual in springtime during which the devout Hindu seeks the blessings of the Divine Mother Goddess or Devi.

Why Celebrate Maha Shivratri?
Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna (Feb / March) when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction. Here's why to celebrate Shivratri.

Skanda Sashti: Hindu Festival of Lord Subramanya
Skanda Sashti is observed in October-November in South India to worship Lord Subramanya, who on this day annihilated the mythical demon Taraka.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – B
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “B”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – C
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “C”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – E
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “E”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – F
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “F”.

Hindu Baby Names for Girls Beginning With “G”
Here’s a selection of Indian baby names for girls beginning with “G”. For names with other letters of the alphabet, see the Hindu Baby Names index page.

Hindu / Indian Baby Girl Names – J
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “J”.

Lohri: The Bonfire Festival - Hindu Winter Celebration
Amidst the cold weather, everything seems stagnant in northern India, until it's time for the winter celebrations of Lohri, the long-awaited bonfire festival. It's not just a break to thank God for a bountiful life on earth with rituals and revelry, but more…

The Earth has Enough Problems Already. Avoid Crackers.
Delhi-based filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal has started a campaign against the environmental impact of the Festival of Lights – through candid photographs of people holding posters with messages that aim to influence everyone to come together and celebrate a cleaner and greener Diwali

Hinduism and American Literature - Emerson, Thoreau, Melville & Whitman
The seeds of Vedic heritage grew its roots in New England and flowered in the minds of the greatest of American writers. We look at four immortal books influenced by Hindu philosophy.

Hinduism and American Literature - Emerson, Thoreau, Melville & Whitman
The seeds of Vedic heritage grew its roots in New England and flowered in the minds of the greatest of American writers. We look at four immortal books influenced by Hindu philosophy.

Say No to Thermocol Plates.
Delhi-based filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal has started a campaign against the environmental impact of the Festival of Lights – through candid photographs of people holding posters with messages that aim to influence everyone to come together and celebrate a cleaner and greener Diwali.

Why Burn Your Money on Fire Crackers?
Delhi-based filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal has started a campaign against the environmental impact of the Festival of Lights – through candid photographs of people holding posters with messages that aim to influence everyone to come together and celebrate a cleaner and greener Diwali

Say No to Wasteful Packaging
Delhi-based filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal has started a campaign against the environmental impact of the Festival of Lights – through candid photographs of people holding posters with messages that aim to influence everyone to come together and celebrate a cleaner and greener Diwali.

Save Me from Loud Noise
Delhi-based filmmaker Gurmeet Sapal has started a campaign against the environmental impact of the Festival of Lights – through candid photographs of people holding posters with messages that aim to influence everyone to come together and celebrate a cleaner and greener Diwali.

Hinduism and American Literature - Emerson, Thoreau, Melville & Whitman
The seeds of Vedic heritage grew its roots in New England and flowered in the minds of the greatest of American writers. We look at four immortal books influenced by Hindu philosophy.

Hinduism and American Literature - Emerson, Thoreau, Melville & Whitman
The seeds of Vedic heritage grew its roots in New England and flowered in the minds of the greatest of American writers. We look at four immortal books influenced by Hindu philosophy.

Hinduism and American Literature - Emerson, Thoreau, Melville & Whitman
The seeds of Vedic heritage grew its roots in New England and flowered in the minds of the greatest of American writers. We look at four immortal books influenced by Hindu philosophy.

Uses and Abuses of Tantra
Tantra practitioners or Tantriks are known for their supernatural powers derived from their knowledge of Tantra and its devotional practice. These powers may be used for good or for bad purposes. Tantrik Master Shri Aghorinath Ji explains.

Set Up Your Puja Room
a simple how to on setting up your puja room

How to Kill Pride, Ego & Arrogance in Hinduism
Pride rears its head even in the most unsuspected corners. While one may be proud that he is a non-believer in God, another may be proud of his devotion to God. Ego and arrogance result from overbearing pride. Find out how to keep these vices at bay.

How Hinduism Can Help You Cope With Pain
An American medical doctor takes the teachings of Hindu philosophy and the Bhagavad-Gita and applies it to her practice of helping patients cope with chronic pain. Page 2.

Learn a Verse from the Bhagavad Gita
Knowing some popular verses from the world's famous scriptures not only adds to your knowledge, but also comes in handy while speaking or quoting. Here is arguably the most famous verse from the Gita...

Mathematics & Hinduism: Great Hindu Mathematicians
Great Hindu Mathematicians The earliest expression of mathematical understanding is inextricably linked with the origin of Hinduism. Hindu mathematicians, from Vedic times to the modern age have been in the forefront of making seminal contributions in the field mathematics.

The History & Future of Vedic Maths
Born in ancient India, Vedic Maths was rediscovered towards the beginning of the 20th century. Today, interest in Vedic maths is growing in the field of education where maths teachers are looking for a new and better approach to the subject. Everyone can benefit from this remarkable system of calculation.

How Hinduism Can Help You Cope With Pain
An American medical doctor takes the teachings of Hindu philosophy and the Bhagavad-Gita and applies it to her practice of helping patients cope with chronic pain.

"Parineeta" - The Married Woman: Film Review
The legendary Indian storyteller, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's poetic prose comes to life in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's cinematic adaptation of Parineeta - The Married Woman. The intensity and depth of relationships, the sheer passion of love and the harsh anguish of separation permeate this love story of Lolita and Shekhar.

History of Hindu Temples Through the Ages
This brief history of Hindu temples aims to recount the journey from its earliest origins through its major developments under the rulers of South India, and its expansion across India and the rest of the world.

Hanuman in the Ramayana & Mahabharata
Hanuman, the mighty monkey deity is among the most popular gods in the Hindu pantheon. Read how an ape can become so venerable, and about the exciting exploits of this simian icon that never fail to thrill us. Page 2.

Navaratri: Nine Divine Nights of Fast & Prayer
Hindus mark the advent of winter with 9 nights/days of fast and prayer to Durga, the Mother Goddess who embodies all the power of the universe. What's the significance? Why Durga? Why this time of the year? Why 9 nights? Find out...

What is God? 10 Quotations from Sri Ramakrishna
10 famous quotations from Sri Ramakrishna's writings that tell you about God and how to find him...

Religion Vs Socialism: A Comparative Study of Vivekananda & Marx
Vivekananda and Marx viewed socialism and religion through two different prisms with the ultimate goal of uplifting the downtrodden and the exploited class. In this article, Manoj Sadasivan discusses, how these two thinkers pioneered a revolutionary change, in their own unique ways.

Caste System in Hinduism
Often Western onlookers of the Hindu tradition find themselves distracted by the Hindu caste-system of social hierarchy. Did Hindus benefit from their obedience to such social order? Shaheen Emmanuel Lakhan of the Harvard University delves deep into the topic.

Is Practising Dual Religion Possible?
Hinduism sees no reason in people confining only to one religion. Of all religions, Hinduism makes it easy to believe in the coexistence of multiple religions.

What is a Horoscope?
Vedic Astrologer Asish Kumar Das explains in simple terms the meaning of horoscope giving an analogy of a human being with a pack of medicine.

Towards Clearly Defining Hinduism - Vedic Origin Holds the Key
Traditional Hindu philosophers emphasize the crucial importance of clearly understanding what is Hinduism proper and what are non-Hindu religious paths. Most Hindu philosophers are clear advocates of the

Top Books on Yantra
The Yantra is a set of tantrik tools that consist of power diagrams, which let you embark on the spiritual journey of return to the primordial center, and ultimately to perceive the unity of self and cosmos. Herere a few good books for Yantra enthusiasts.

Hinduism Celebrations - Major Hindu Festivals & Holidays
The social life of Hindus is replete with celebrations - festive occasions that allow them to come together as a community and celebrate their common culture. Here're some of the most popular Hindu festivals.

Diwali (Festival of Lights) - History and Significance
Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest of all Hindu festivals. Learn about its origin, significance, and the four days of celebrations that mark this auspicious occasion.

Bhai Dooj: Hindu Brother-Sister Ritual
Soon after Diwali, sisters all over India ceremonialize their love by putting an auspicious vermilion spot on the forehead of their brothers as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. A closer look at the tradition of Bhai Dooj.

Highway To Heaven: Early Hindu Belief
Our desire to live on earth drives our life. But what happens after we die? How does death become us? Where does it take us? A look at the early Hindu concepts of heaven and hell, death and afterlife, sins and virtues, reincarnation and immortality.

The Concept of Heaven & Hell in Hinduism
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What Is Karma? - About the Karmic Law of Cause & Effect
Hindus believe that it is Karma or the 'Law of Cause & Effect' that can lead one to salvation. Learn more...

Time in Hinduism - The Hindu Concept of Time
Hindus do not believe in the linear concept of time. Hindus believe that the process of creation moves in cycles and that each cycle has four great epochs of time or ‘yugas’.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – A
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “A”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names Beginning with C
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “C”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – E
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “E”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – L
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “L”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names Beginning With U
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “U”.

Hindu / Indian Baby Boy Names – Y
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “Y”.

All About Ramnavami, Birthday of Lord Rama
Ramnavami or the birthday of Lord Rama falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April). Some observe a strict fast on the day. Temples are decorated and the image of Lord Rama is richly adorned. The holy Ramayana is read in the temples.

The Symbolism of Hindu Deities Explained
Hindu deities symbolize the forces in nature as well as inside human beings. Idol worship and rituals are at the heart of Hinduism have great religious and philosophical significance. Find out what Hindu idols symbolize and signify.

What Is Dharma? - About the Path of Righteousness
It's all about living a life that promises worldly joys and heavenly happiness. It's about what is right!

Does Religious Fasting Make Any Sense?
Does religious fasting make any sense? Why do Hindus fast? A look at fasting from several perspectives.

About Hinduism's Four Yugas or Epochs
Read about the four great epochs or 'yugas' as described in the Hindu scriptures, and the cursed Kali Yug we're living in. What happens at the end of this age? Let's find out…

Why Do Hindus Have So Many Deities?
It's easy misinterpret the fact that Hinduism has a multitude of Gods! Hindu deities amount to thousands, all representing the many aspects of only one supreme Absolute called “Brahman”. Let us try to understand the concept of Gods in Hinduism.

Harrison & Hinduism - The Spiritual Quest of George Harrison
George Harrison was perhaps one of the most spiritual of musicians of modern times. He embraced Hinduism at the height of his fame and remained a plainclothes devotee till his last day of earthy existence. A peek of the spiritual world of Harrison…

Harrison & Hinduism - George Harrison's Idea of God & Reincarnation
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Important Hindu Symbols and Meanings
Hinduism employs the art of symbolism with amazing effect. No religion is so replete with symbols as this ancient religion. Delve deep into the hidden meanings and origins of major Hindu symbols, including rituals and deities.

Symbolism in Hindu Rituals and Worship
Every object associated with the Hindu ritual of Puja or worship – the flower, the fruit, the lamp - is symbolically significant. Puja is essentially a ritual suggestive of symbolic offering of our lives and activities to God. Learn more about the symbolism of natural objects of worship in Vedic rituals and Puja offerings.

About Hinduism: Hindu Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
Learn all about Hinduism's history, culture, beliefs, practices, lifestyle, Hindu festivals & holidays and many interesting facts about the world's oldest religion.

All You Need to Know About Yoga - In 5 Chapters
Learn all you need to know about Yoga, what it is and what it is not - in 5 short chapters - from what the scriptures say about Yoga to the various steps of Yoga and its benefits...

18 Things You Need to Know About Yoga
Here are some quick tips for Yoga enthusiasts, including answers to such questions as what you should eat, when you should eat, and how much you should you eat... Page 5.

The Benefits of Yoga - Physical, Mental and Spiritual
Yoga is much more than a new-found ability to touch your toes. There are many benefits! Discover the physical, mental and spiritual profits of practising Yoga. Page 4.

The 5 Steps of Yoga
If you want to attain the highest levels of strength, relaxation and flexibility and want to take it to a 'spiritual' level, here are the steps you've got to cross one by one. Page 3.

Yoga in the Hindu Scriptures
There are lots of references to Yoga in Hindu scriptures. Here's a selection of quotations from Sanskrit literature, which try to define or qualify Yoga... Page 2.

Shiva Bhajans: Top 10 MP3 Downloads
Here are some of the best Bhajans or devotional songs dedicated to Lord Shiva by courtesy of Mahadev.org. Click on the titles to listen or download these song...

Top 10 Books About Hinduism
Here's a selection of good books on Hinduism basics suitable for beginners: 'Hinduism: Beliefs & Practices' By Jeaneane Fowler, 'Dancing With Siva' By Satguru Subramuniyaswami...more

'Many Lives, Many Masters' by Dr. Brian Weiss - Review
'Many Lives, Many Masters' is the true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives.

'Many Lives, Many Masters' by Brian Weiss - Review
In this book review, you can learn about the the voices of the Master Spirits referred to in Brain Weiss' book - 'Many Lives, Many Masters'. Page 2.

Saraswati: Goddess of Knowledge & Arts
Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. She is the mother of the Vedas, and chants to her often begin and end Vedic lessons.

The History & Origin of Durga Puja
Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of India. Who performed the first autumnal Puja? When and where did Hindus start celebrating Durga Puja on a mass scale? Find out...

Bhajan: Hindu Devotional Music
Bhajans are simple songs in soulful language, with origins in the ancient hymns of Vedas, expressing the many emotions of love for God - a complete submission to him through singing.

Vastu: Secrets of a Happy & Healthy Home
Vastu Shastra - the ancient Indian laws of can help you live a happy and healthy life if your house is compliant to certain natural laws.

What are Yantras?
A Yantra is the yogic equivalent of the Buddhist Mandala. It literally means a 'machine' or a visual instrument that serves in meditation; geometric forms and patterns that teach the mind the power of concentration and focus.

Meditation: Articles and Web Resources on Meditation & Yoga
Meditation is of primary importance in Hinduism. Meditation or

OMG - Oh My God! - Bollywood Movie Review
OMG - Oh My God!, the Bollywood movie - a divine comedy about an 'Act of God' - has stirred the imagination of movie-lovers all across India and has emerged as a successful film. Read the review by Chetan Mallik.

Why the Hindu Marriage Is Regarded as Sacrosanct
In a Vedic marriage, man and woman take oath for the practice of self-restraint, to work together for the welfare of the family, and help each other to attain spiritual peace. This lofty ideal of sanctity is a great gift of Hinduism to the world.

The Story of the Hare Krishna Mantra
Read the a history of Krishna Consciousness or the 'Hare Krishna Movement' made famous by Swami Prabhupada's International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Mirra Alfassa – The Mother (1878-1973)
Mirra Alfassa or ‘The Mother’ of Auroville was the spiritual collaborator and companion of Sri Aurobindo, the great Hindu guru. Here's a brief biography of the founder of Auroville, Pondicherry.

The Bhagavad-Gita - Introduction and Chapter Summaries
Read the chapter summaries and full text translation of Hinduism's most celebrated ancient scripture - the Bhagavad-Gita - translated from original Sanskrit by Sir Edwin Arnold.

Hindu (Vedic) Wedding Ceremony Rituals
While various regional steps are followed by different sects of Hindus across India, there are about a dozen rituals that form the core of a Vedic wedding ceremony.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Ganesha, the Musician
A Photo Gallery of Indian paintings portraying the Hindu deity Ganesha as a musician. Page 9.

Ganesha, the Musician
A Photo Gallery of Indian paintings portraying the Hindu deity Ganesha as a musician. Page 6.

Ganesha, the Musician
A Photo Gallery of Indian paintings portraying the Hindu deity Ganesha as a musician. Page 7.

Ganesha, the Musician
A Photo Gallery of Indian paintings portraying the Hindu deity Ganesha as a musician. Page 8.

Mangalsutra Necklace - Hindu Symbol of Love & Marriage
Mangalsutra is a sacred necklace that the groom ties around the bride's neck on the day of the wedding in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, thereby giving her the status of his wife and life mate.

When is Durga Puja & Dusshera in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020?
Every September-October, Hindus observe ten days of rituals in honor of the Goddess Durga. What are the dates of Navaratri, Dusshera, Durga Puja and Vijayadashami in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

When is Holi in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020?
Holi - the Indian 'Festival of Colors' is an auspicious occasion for the Hindus, widely celebrated as a festival across India and around the world. What is the date for Holi in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020?

When Is Vinayak or Ganesh Chaturthi in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020?
Ganesh Chaturthi aka Vinayak Chaturthi is one of the biggest festivals in the Hindu Calendar dedicated to Lord Ganesha. What is the date for Ganesh Chaturthi in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?

When is Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?
Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious occasion for the Hindus, widely celebrated as a festival across India and around the world. What is the date for Raksha Bandhan in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?

When is Krishna Janmashtami in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?
Janmasthami is the birthday of Hinduism's favorite God - Lord Krishna and is a popular religious festival for Hindus. What is the date for Janmasthami in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020?