Hinduism Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

When is Diwali in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020?
Deepavali or Diwali - the Festival of Lights is the biggest festival in the Hindu Calendar. What is the date for Diwali in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020?

Lord Rama - About the Ideal Avatar, Rama
Lord Rama, the most perfect avatar of God is at once the ideal son, the ideal husband, and the ideal king. A look at the life and exploits of Rama, or Shri Ramji, as he is respectfully called.

Onam Festival Legends and Origins
Read about the origin and mythical legends behind the high spirited Hindu festival of Onam - the state carnival of Kerala.

A Brief History of Varanasi (Banaras)
Varanasi, one of world's oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. What was the original name of Varanasi and what's the history of this holy city? Find out...

Purpose and Benefits of Pilgrimage
Author Stephen Knapp in his

'The Gita for Children' by Roopa Pai
'The Gita for Children' by Roopa Pai (Hachette India) is what every child needs as a solution to all their distresses and remedy to all big and small problems...

Why and How to Meditate? - Benefits and Techniques
There are many motivations for meditating, and it promises a world of benefits. Nick Applebee shares with us some tried and tested techniques to help you meditate and reap its fruits...

Meditation Techniques: Will, Mantra, Mudra & Symbols - 1
There are many motivations for meditating, and it promises a world of benefits. Nick Applebee shares with us some tried and tested techniques to help you meditate and reap its fruits... Page 2.

Meditation Techniques: Will, Mantra, Mudra & Symbols - 2
There are many motivations for meditating, and it promises a world of benefits. Nick Applebee shares with us some tried and tested techniques to help you meditate and reap its fruits... Page 3.

Sindhu Darshan Festival: In Celebration of River Indus
About the Sindhu Darshan Festival, a celebration of River Sindhu, also known as the Indus in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, the river that gave India its name.

Swami Vivekananda Wallpaper Downloads
Swami Vivekananda's persona and his teachings come alive in these wallpapers released by the Ramakrishna Mission.

The Hindu Marriage Act - India, 1955
Excerpt from the Act of the Government of India, called the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, which relates to marriage among Hindus, including guidelines on application, condition, ceremonies and registration.

Sai Baba of Shirdi (c 1838 - 1918) - Biography
Sai Baba of Shirdi holds a unique place in the rich tradition of saints in India and has become immortal through his messages of love and righteousness.

7 Pillars of a Business From Chanakya's "Arthashastra"
In his “Arthashastra,” Chanakya lists the seven pillars of an organization: The king, the minister, the country, the fortified city, the treasury, the army and the ally are the constituent elements of the state. What does it translate to in terms of today’s business corporations? Find out…

The Mercury Shivalingam of Ujjain
Siddha Ashram of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, India has a 1500 kilogram Parad (Mercury) Shivalingam, which is the largest of its kind.

Have you seen God?
The boldness of Hinduism that it emphasises nothing short of direct perception of Truth

Advaita: Understanding the Theory of Non-Duality
It is hard to perceive non-duality in a world that is bound by continuous judging. Advaita Guru Ramesh Balsekar, a compelling spiritual teacher of the subject, explains the theory of non-duality, by dwelling on duality and dualism, in this excerpt from his book Peace & Harmony in Daily Life.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Scheme for Indian Women Deserted / Divorced By Their NRI Husbands
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Tracing the Roots
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana (PBBY)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card Scheme
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Know India Program (KIP)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Study India Programme (SIP)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Scholarship Programme For Diaspora Children (SPDC)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

10 Schemes for Welfare of Overseas Indians - Overseas Indian Youth Club (OIYC)
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has initiated various schemes for the welfare of Overseas Hindus and Indians living outside the country. Here are 10 such schemes from the Government of India.

Group Meditation Reduces Terrorism - Research Report
A new book by U.S. Army Col. Brian Rees entitled

HANUMAN ART GALLERY: Sculptures & Paintings of Hanuman
A selection of contemporary sculptures of Lord Hanuman.

Neo Hinduism & The Death of Traditional Hinduism
A tragic occurrence in the very long history of Hinduism was witnessed throughout the 19th century - the death of Traditional Hinduism, and the rise of Westernized Neo-Hinduism.

Baba Lokenath Brahmachari (1730-1890)
The stirring story of the 18th century Bengali saint, who has one of the largest numbers of followers in both Bangladesh and West Bengal today.

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

"Mangal Pandey - The Rising" - Photo Gallery
Top 10 stills from the historical Bollywood film

'Mangal Pandey - The Rising': Film Review & Pictorial Walk-Through
'The Rising' - the most expensive Bollywood movie ever made - is based on the 1857 revolt by Hindu and Muslim soldiers against the British rule over the issue of gun cartridges being greased with animal fat forbidden by both the religions. Heres a sneak peek and a pictorial walk-though of the film.

What's Wrong With Wendy Doniger’s Book ‘The Hindus’?
What's Inside Wendy Donigers The Hindus? Why is it a banned book in India? Find out...

Narendra Modi on Yoga and its True Significance
The first International Yoga Day was celebrated around the world on June 21, 2015 with millions participating in this movement spearheaded by India. Here is an excerpt from Prime Minister Modi’s inaugural speech which captures the very essence of yoga and how it can benefit the entire world community.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living movement, believes in spreading the knowledge of living a healthier life through his message of compassion, commitment to society, and a cosmic understanding of life.

A Native New Yorker Honors Lakshmi, The Hindu Goddess of Fortune
New York City Interfaith Minster and author Laurie Sue Brockway reveals how her fascination with the Hindu Goddess of Fortune led her to years of studying Hindu rituals and to writing the book, 'Lakshmi Magic.'

Best Topical Books on Hinduism
Chosen books on various topics related to Hinduism, categorized and serialized according to preference, with a short introduction on each book and the option to compare prices offered by leading online retailers.

The Conversion Controversy
In 1999, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest US Protestant group issued a prayer booklet for church members to

Parasurama, the Axe-wielding Rama - Avatar of Vishnu
Parasurama, also known as the “axe-wielding Rama,” was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, whose main objective was to deliver the world from the oppression of the Kshatriya rulers, who strayed from the path of dharma.

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30 Quotes on Reincarnation
The theory of Reincarnation, which has its roots in ancient Hindu philosophy, influenced many a great Western mind. Here're some eye-opening thoughts on reincarnation from renowned personalities.

15 Benefits of the Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Tulsi or the Holy Basil has amazing healing power. It can used as a herbal medicine in numerous ailments, including fever, common cold, coughs, sore throat, respiratory disorder, kidney stone, heart problem, stress, mouth infections, insect bites, skin disorders...and so on

Meet the Popular Hindu Deity Lord Kartikya
Kartikya, the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is a war god. The symbolism of Kartikya points to the ways and means of reaching perfection in life.

15 Laws of Life - By Swami Vivekananda
15 chosen gems from Swami Vivekananda's writings including such quotes as

Awake: The Life of Yogananda - Documentary DVD Review
Swami Sadashiva Tirtha reviews the DVD 'Awake: The Life of Yogananda' - an unconventional biography about the saint who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda - Book Review
Autobiography of a Yogi is a popular and highly acclaimed book, now recognized around the world as a classic of spiritual literature.

Steve Jobs & Hinduism
At the memorial service of Steve Jobs, hundreds of influential leaders from all walks of life were introduced to Hindu spiritual guru Paramahansa Yogananda and his seminal book 'Autobiography of a Yogi.' A look at the Apple CEO's affinity for Hinduism.

Hindu Gurus & Saints of the Past
Biographies of Hindu Gurus and Saints of the past who have made their name and work immortal and left behind a multitude of followers.

Top 5 Yoga Calendars 2016
Here's a selection of top 5 Yoga Calendars for 2016. From serious and elegant wall calendars featuring yogis and yoginis, to cats and dogs and kids... these Yoga Calendars will give you good company throughout the year.

Along the Ghats of Varanasi - Death, Fear & Loathing
For all its filth, the Ganga is indeed the

Bridal Sari Gallery: Milky-white Silk Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 11.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Amethyst satin hand-woven sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 13.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Bridal Pink and Golden Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 5.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Red handwoven chiffon sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 15.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Brown Tanchoi Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 8.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Celadon Green & Golden Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 10.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Cream Valkalam Silk Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 6.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Handwoven Bridal Paithani Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 9.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Handwoven Coral-Orchid Valkalam Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 3.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Handwoven Violet-Red Silk Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 7.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Handwoven Wisteria Valkalam Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Heavy pink Jamawar brocaded sari from Banaras
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 12.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Maroon & Mustard Bangalore Silk
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 14.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Mustard Banarasi Valkalam Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 2.

Bridal Sari Gallery: Red Bridal Banarasi Sari
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony. Page 4.

Bridal Sari Gallery
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony.

Bridal Sari Gallery
A photo gallery of Indian women's bridal saris. The Sari - India's national dress for women - is one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn. This gallery features a range of beautiful and colorful silk saris that women prefer to wear during a marriage ceremony.

Lord Krishna Speaks on Knowledge
Lord Krishna was indeed the great guru of how to live life on earth. His life was dedicated to helping humans fathom the sacred realm of supreme knowledge.

Chyawanprash: Ancient Indian Elixir
Chyawanprash is a comprehensive Ayurvedic herbal tonic with multiple health benefits, prepared according to the ancient Hindu 'Ashtankahridayam text. Used by people around the world and especially in India, it is a proven energizer, immunity booster and pre-emptive tonic.

Hinduism For Westerners: Do You Need to Convert to Hinduism?
To many Westerners, Hinduism is nothing more than a typical Eastern phenomenon. Why is it difficult for Westerners to embrace Hinduism? How can one stop feeling an outsider to this universal religion? Page 3.

Hinduism for Westerners: What Attracts Westerners to Hinduism?
To many Westerners, Hinduism is nothing more than a typical Eastern phenomenon. Why is it difficult for Westerners to embrace Hinduism? How can one stop feeling an outsider to this universal religion? Page 2.

Hinduism for Westerners: A Complete Approach To Life
To many Westerners, Hinduism is nothing more than a typical Eastern phenomenon. Why is it difficult for Westerners to embrace Hinduism? How can one stop feeling an outsider to this universal religion?

The Four Ages of Man - The 4 Stages of Life in Hinduism
Hindu men should ideally go through four 'ashramas' or stages in life - the celibate student, the married family man, the hermit in retreat, and the wandering recluse. But most men are so much in love with the second stage that it lasts a lifetime!

How to Deal with Jealousy
None of us could honestly say that we have not ever been jealous of more fortunate ones. Here are three ways to kill the jealous beast in you...

How To Exercise Breath Control or Pranayama
Pranayama is a simple exercise that controls the action of inhaling and exhaling by regulating the process of breathing. Here's how to do it in 12 easy steps...

'Be Here Now' by Ram Dass: Book Review by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha
'Be Here Now' was the original 'Now' book 20 some years before Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now,' written in 1971 amidst the backdrop of the Beatles, Beach Boys, and the Woodstock era. Dass implores that the reader should go beyond all materialism and all human pleasure to experience that which cannot be bought and sold.

Inside Dr Deepak Chopra's 'Ageless Body, Timeless Mind'
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, a No.1 New York Times best-seller by Dr. Deepak Chopra rationalizes the process of growing old, solves the mystery of aging of the body.

The Yoga of Abraham Lincoln
What did Lincoln have in common with many men and women today? Lincoln adopted a yoga lifestyle! He dubbed himself a mystic, and behaved in a way that corresponds with the teachings of yoga and meditation. Lincoln shared many attitudes with millions today who embrace a spiritual way of life.

Sabarimala: Abode of Lord Ayappa - Pilgrimage to Mount Sabari
Sabarimala or Mount Sabari - the holy abode of Lord Ayappa is situated in the western coast of Kerala, the southern state of India. Manoj Sadasivan writes after returning from the pilgrimage to Mount Sabari.

Rangoli Designs for Hindu Festival Decorations
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 10
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 2
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 3
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 4
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 5
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 6
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 7
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 8
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

Rangoli Designs - Hindu Festival Decorations - 9
Here're some simple designs for you to print and use stencil cut outs to make Rangoli. Kids can also use these line drawings for coloring.

The Vedic Center of Trivandrum
Read how a small Sanskrit school in the southern Indian city of Trivandrum is teaching Vedas systematically to young students under the ancient Gurukul system of education.

Kali Paltan Mandir of Meerut: A Temple Steeped in History
The temple of Augarnath at Meerut in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is a little-known place of worship but of great historical importance. Sandeep Rai reports from Meerut

Gemstone Healing and Gem Therapy in Hinduism
According to Vedic astrology, gemstones are related to various planets. They can produce a balancing effect to counter specific diseases, healing physical, mental and spiritual defects, based on astro-charts. Here's what you need to know about gem therapy.

Top 6 Books by Sri Aurobindo
Here's a selection of good books, including the famous 'Life Divine' and 'Savitri' written by the great Hindu sage, scholar, poet and guru, Sri Aurobindo Ghose.

The Humanism of Lalan Fakir
Lalan Fakir (1774-1890) was the greatest exponent of the unique culture of the Bauls, a multi-faith tradition of Bengal. Today he lives in his myriad songs that exalts humanism as a religion.

Guide to Top 10 Good Gifting for Diwali
Diwali is the most important festival for the Hindus. Don’t miss this last-minute Guide to Good Gifting for Diwali! You have various options to choose - from Lakshmi & Ganesha statues to candle holders and puja thalis; from saris and tees to Barbie and books...

Om or Aum: Hindu Symbol of the Absolute
Om or Aum is of paramount importance in Hinduism. This symbol, which represents both the unmanifest and manifest aspects of God, encompasses all potentialities and possibilities. Find out how Om can help you realize the Unknowable.

The Hindu Concept of Three Bodies: Human Body, Mind & Existence
Take a peek into the inner chamber of our very existence. According to Hindu scriptures, human beings have 3 bodies, 5 sheaths or layers, and 3 states of existence.

10 Secrets of Longevity - Deepak Chopra, MD
Dr Deepak Chopra prescribes 10 simple rules for ageing with health and happiness in his most optimistic book Ageless Body, Timeless Mind A practical alternative to growing old...

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Founder of Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON)
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), the founder of the Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON) was one of Hinduism's most successful exponents, who traveled extensively across the world in order to spread Krishna's message of love and peace.

What is Palmistry?
Palmistry is another branch of occult science, which deals with the comprehensive study of the palm-prints to get the idea of future happenings in life. Vedic Astrologer Asish Kumar Das explains...

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with V
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter V. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with Y
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter Y. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with S
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter S. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with T
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter T. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with R
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter R. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with N
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter N. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with M
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter M. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with K
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter K. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with D
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter D. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with A
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter A. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.

108 Names of Durga
According to the scriptures, Lord Shiva addressed Goddess Durga in 108 names, which appear in the Purana called 'Devi Mahatmya' or 'Chandi.' Here is the full list...

Mira Bai - Krishna Devotee, Minstrel & Saint
Mira Bai is widely known as an incarnation of Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. She taught the world how to love God and will always be remembered for her soulful songs - the beautiful Mira Bhajans.

Diwali Prayer (Aarti)
On Diwali, Hindus offer prayers to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and beauty for prosperous new beginnings. Here is the text and MP3 download link of the Hymn or 'Aarti' sung during Diwali.

Vedanta: A Brief Guide to the Understanding of the Core of Hindu Philosophy
This article explains in brief the concept of Vendanta and provides the key to the basic understanding of Hindu philosophy as explained by Advaita Vedantists.

Valmiki - The Great Sage & Author of The Ramayana
Valmiki, the ancient Hindu Saint who wrote the Ramayana is the original creator of the Hindu sloka, a verse form in which all epics are composed.

Karwa Chauth: Fast for the Married Hindu Woman
Karwa Chauth is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women seeking the well-being and prosperity of their husbands. Read about the significance of this important and difficult fast that comes 9 days before Diwali in October-November.

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Illustrated Guide to Tantra Temples of India
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Jwalamukhi Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Kalighat, West Bengal
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Baitala Deula (Vaital Temple), Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Ekling, Rajasthan
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Balaji, Rajasthan
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Kaal Bhairon Temple, Madhya Pradesh
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Top Ten Tantra Temples: Mahakaleswar Temple, Madhya Pradesh
Your guide to the top 10 Tantra temples of India. Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the

Lakshmi: Goddess of Wealth & Beauty!
All about the Hindu deity Lakshmi - the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.

Tagore on God: A Dozen Quotes
A dozen quotable quotes on God & religion by Rabindranath Tagore - the well-known Hindu poet and Nobel laureate - taken from his various works...

Holi, Hindu Festival of Colors
The first of four pages about Holi, the festival of colors. Learn about its history and legends, and how to get the most out of this boisterous occasion.

Holi - Hindu Festival of Colors: Legends & Myths
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Holi - Hindu Festival of Colors: History
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Holi - Hindu Festival of Colors: How to Celebrate
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Panchatantra Tale: The Lion and the Hare
This tale from the Panchatantra is about the hare and the lion, and how the cleverness of the hare saves him from being eaten by the lion. The moral: Nothing is impossible for the wise.

Famous Quotations About India and Hinduism
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Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886)
Sri Ramakrishna represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. Here's a brief profile of this renowned Hindu mystic.

Top 5 Amar Chitra Katha Picture Storybooks
Amar Chitra Katha comic books have handed over the myths and legends of India to our generation in the most interesting and easy to read formats possible. Chosen from among numerous timeless classics, here are some of the best-selling children's books on Hindu deities.

Panchantantra Tale: The Tortoise and the Geese
This tale from the Panchatantra is about a tortoise and two geese that lived together in a pond for many years. The talkative tortoise meets his end because of his garrulousness. The moral: Silence is Golden.

Hinduism - Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with P
A glossary of Sanskrit terms used in Hindu teachings, and their meanings.

List Of 30 Quotations About India And Hinduism
Here's what scholars, historians and authors have to say about India and Hinduism. Quoting top 30 quotations from Will Durant, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Max Mueller, Romain Rolland, et al.

In Praise of India
30 Famous Quotations about India and Hinduism. Page 2.

Global Diwali - Celebrations Around the World
Diwali is also celebrated outside of India mainly in Guyana, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Africa, Australia and the US among the Hindus across the world.

Discover Diwali Celebrations Around the World
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Does Hinduism Justify War?
Hinduism, like most religions, believes that war is undesirable and avoidable because it involves killing fellow humans. However, it recognizes that there can be situations when waging war is a better path than tolerating evil.

Symbols and Meanings in Your Dreams
Swami Sivananda speaks at length in his book

Hinduism
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When Ganga was Born - Holy River’s Descent to Earth - II
The amazing mythological story of the how King Bhagiratha of Ayodha persuaded the Goddess Ganga to descend on earth and sanctified the ancestors of the dynasty of the Sun. Page 2.

Birth of Ganga: The Holy River's Descent to Earth
The amazing mythological story of the how King Bhagiratha of Ayodha persuaded Goddess Ganga to descend on earth, wash away the sins of millions, and sanctified the ancestors of the dynasty of the Sun.

Why You Should Use Natural Colors for Holi
Harmful chemical colors are the perils of Holi. Here's how to make Holi harmless for our environment and ourselves? Play with environment-friendly natural colors that you can make at home. It's easy!

How to Make Natural Holi Colors at Home
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Rama Aarti, the Hymn of Lord Rama: MP3 and Lyrics
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses. Page 8.

Hindu Aartis - Prayers & Devotional Songs - MP3 & Lyrics
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Santoshi Mata Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Jai Santoshi Mata
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Shiva Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Om Jai Shiv Onkara
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Durga Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Jai Ambe Gauri
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Kali Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe Kali
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Ganga Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Om Jai Gange Mata
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Lakshmi Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Om Jai Lakshmi Mata
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Krishna Aarti - Hindu Aartis (Hymns) by Deity
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Hanuman Aarti - MP3 & Lyrics - Aarti Keeje Hanuman Lalaa Ki
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses

Banaras Basics - Tourist Information About Varanasi, India
Varanasi aka Banaras or Benaras, one of world's oldest living cities, has some unforgettable experiences to offer to every visitor. Here're some basic information on the city, for travelers.

Bollywood's Biggest Hindu Wedding: Abhishek & Aishwarya's Religious Preferences
In what is regarded as the biggest Hindu wedding in Bollywood, India’s reigning stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai exchanged nuptial vows at a colorful Hindu marriage ceremony in Bombay. They preferred everything traditional as far as Vedic wedding rituals are concerned.

Mahalaya: Invoking the Mother Goddess
Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion that heralds the advent of goddess Durga has almost become synonymous with an early morning radio program. Read all about it and its uniqueness, listen online and download MP3.

How to Be a Spiritual Person
What is spirituality, according to Hindu philosophy? It is a divine quality and all humans should aim to attain it.Here's what the Upanishads say about being spiritual...

Ten Yamas & Niyamas of Hinduism (Restraints & Practices)
Learn about the twenty ethical guidelines known as 'yamas' and 'niyamas,' or restraints and observances that an ideal Hindu should follow.

Sri Aurobindo: Top 10 Quotations About India, Hinduism
Sri Aurobindo was a prominent Hindu guru, who left behind a substantial body of enlightening literature. Here is a selection of quotations from Sri Aurobindo's teachings.

10 Controversial Quotes from Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus'
Find out what's inside Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' that may explain the outspread uproar against the author which ultimately led to the banning of her book in India.

Shree Maa of Kamakhya - A Profile
Shree Maa is a Hindu mystic who was born near Kamakhya, Assam, India from where she traveled to the US in 1984. Together with Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Shree Maa teaches the meaning and method of worship through the tantric traditions of prayer and meditation.

The Ten Yamas - Restraints or Proper Conduct 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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 10th Restraint - Sauha or Purity
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 2nd Restraint - Satya or Truthfulness
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 3rd Restraint - Asteya or Nonstealing
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 4th Restraint - Brahmacharya or Sexual Purity
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 5th Restraint - Kshama or Patience
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 6th Restraint - Dhriti or Steadfastness
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 7th Restraint - Daya or Compassion
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 8th Restraint - Arjava or Honesty
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The Ten Yamas - 9th Restraint - Mitahara or Moderate Diet
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 yamas, or the controls and restraints every ideal Hindu should follow - as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is - by Swami Prabhupada
'Bhagavad-Gita As It Is' by Swami Prabhupada is one of the most widely read and recommended translations of the Hindu scripture. Here's a review of the book.

Top Diwali Books for Children
a selection of some colorful books for children on

Top 5 Books on Lord Ganesha
Here's a selection of wonderful books on Lord Ganesha, the elephant-faced Hindu deity.

Kabir's Dohas by Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore was deeply influenced by the mystic poet Kabir in his poetry and songs. Here we present the first ten verses of his translation of Saint Kabir from 'Songs of Kabir.'

Top 6 Books on Hindu Marriage
This selection of books covers a wide range of topics relating to Hindu marriage in ancient and contemporary India. From religion, history, mythology and anthropology to law, culture, tradition, customs and rituals, these interesting and useful works reveal the many facets of the bond between man and woman in the Hindu way.

Top 6 Books on the "Ramayana"
A selection of transliterations and interpretations of the remarkable epic -

15 Facts About Swami Vivekananda You Didn't Know
Sankar's book 'The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda' brings to light many hidden facets of one of Hinduism's most celebrated gurus. Here we share 15 things that you may not have known about Vivekananda and his life.

Sant Kabir - Life and Works of the Unique Mystical Saint Poet
Hindus called him Kabir Das, but it is impossible to say wheather Kabir was Brahmin or Sufi, Vedantist or Vaishnavite. A disciple of Guru Ramananda, he was, as he says himself,

Top Ten Books on the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is universally regarded as the single most influential philosophical text that provides an ultimate guide to self-realization. It is said to free you from all sense of limitation. Here's a selection of the top ten books on the Gita.

The Mayura Mudra - What it Means
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The Kartari-mukha Mudra - What it Means
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The Pataka Mudra - What it Means
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The Nasika Mudra - What it Means
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The Open Palm Mudra - What it Means
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The Third Finger Bent Mudra - What it Means
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The Akash Mudra - What it Means
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The Chatura Mudra - What it Means
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What is a Mudra?
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hinduism iconography, performing arts, and spiritual practice, including yoga, dance, drama and tantra. Here's decoding 8 common mudras and their significance.

Top Hindu / Indian / Sanskrit Baby Name Books
Who needs a baby name book? You can only answer this when you have a newborn yourself. They are helpful! In todays global society, naming babies has assumed great importance. Finding an easy to pronounce, meaningful name that is rooted in your own cultural heritage and yet unique is not easy. Perhaps these books can make your task easy...

Top 5 Music CDs for Relaxation & Meditation
Heres my selection of music that have blended ancient chants and modern orchestration to get the best of both worlds.

Gandhi's Belief & Faith in God - The Spiritual Message of the Mahatma
An eloquent poem by MK Gandhi on the meaning of God, which appeared in the Young India magazine of October 11, 1928

"Six Blind Men & the Elephant" by John Godfrey Saxe
What's the story behind the popular Indian parable

6 Ways to Elevate Your Self - From the Upanishads
The purpose of the teachings of the Upanishads is to bring about a harmony within our own ‘self.’ There are six things you can do to elevate your self...

About Mahalakshmi or Varalakshmi Vrata - Hinduism
Mahalakshmi or Varalakshmi Vrata is a special vrata or fast dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, which commences in the month of Bhadra (September-October).

Raksha Bandhan, or Rakhi, Festival - the Thread of Love
Raksha Bandhan or 'Rakhi' is a special occasion to celebrate the chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister, by tying a sacred thread around the wrist. Learn about its history and social significance.

Six Degrees of the Soul
The Kena Upanishad says that there are many layers of spirits and goes on to describe the six stages: Guru, deva, yaksha, gandharva, kinnara and pitr.

Vivekananda: The Master Chef & Foodie
A book has for the first time revealed the foodie side of one of Hinduism's most celebrated gurus. Here we share a dozen facts that make Swami Vivekananda at once a foodie and master chef.

Teej: Hindu Fasting Festival for Women
The Hindu festival of Teej is a three-day festival that occurs during the Indian monsoon season, and is marked by fasting of women who pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati seeking their blessings for marital bliss.

Book Review: 'Scion of Ikshvaku' by Amish Tripathy
Unputdownable is what best describes Scion of Ikshvaku: Book 1 of the Ram Chandra series by Amish Tripathy of the Shiva Trilogy fame.

Meet the Characters of Amish's 'Scion of Ikshvaku'
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The Story of Ramayana, the Hindu Epic
The Ramayana is one the world's most loved tales. Here's a short summary of this enchanting epic.

Religion Vs Dharma
Are the two words synonymous and interchangeable? Religion literally means that which leads one to God. But Dharma has a wider meaning. There is no equivalent word for Dharma either in English or in any other language. Shri Gyan Rajhans explains.

Prasada: Divine Food Offering to God
Food plays an important role in Hindu rituals, and the food offered to the gods is called prasada, which means

The Greatness of Sanskrit Language
Arguably the world’s oldest extant language, Sanskrit has been universally recognized as one of the most magnificent, the most perfect, the most prominent and wonderfully sufficient literary instrument developed by the human mind. Find out why?

Rakhi Day is Righteous Day - A Poem by Dr. Kalam
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Earth Shining in Glory - A Poem by Dr. Kalam
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The Spiritual Side of APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was India’s best known scientist but he was deeply spiritual at heart. Here are 5 poems by him that shows his affinity towards Hinduism and Indian culture:

Guru Prakasham - A Poem by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
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Prayer for Departed Children of Kumbakonam - Dr. Kalam
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Radiating Message from Sree Siddaganga Maths - Dr. Kalam
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Why is Rathyatra of Puri Vishnu’s Favorite Festival?
How the beach town of Puri in Odisha on India’s East coast hosts the world-famous Rathayatra or annual Chariot festival during the monsoon month.

Nabakalebara Rathyatra: The Chariot Festival of Puri Gets New Idols
Once in 12-19 years, Rathyatra, the celebrated Chariot festival of Puri, assumes a new form when the deities shed their old body and enter new ones...

The Making of the Nabakalebara Idols
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The Guru Purnima: Its Significance & How to Celebrate
The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the ancient sage Vyasa, who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Find out how to celebrate the day and more...

The Guru Purnima: How to Celebrate it
The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is the observed as auspicious day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the ancient sage Vyasa, who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Find out how to celebrate the day and more... Page 2.

The Sixteen Sutras of Vedic Math
Vedic Math essentially rests on the 16 Sutras or mathematical formulas as referred to in the Vedas. Here're are useful, links that help you learn more about these 16 Sutras and 13 sub-Sutras, their meanings and methods of application, along with examples.

RAKHI eCARDS: Send a Free eGreeting on Raksha Bandhan
Send a Rakhi eCard, celebrate Raksha Bandhan in style. Choose from a selection of eight eGreetings - FREE!

The Bhagavad Gita - CHAPTER 4: Full Text Translation by Sir Edwin Arnold
Read the full text of the English translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Sir Edwin Arnold in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita - CHAPTER 16: Full Text Translation by Sir Edwin Arnold
Read the full text of the English translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Sir Edwin Arnold in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita - CHAPTER 1: Full Text Translation by Sir Edwin Arnold
Read the full text of the English translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Sir Edwin Arnold in 18 Chapters.

"The Ramayana" - Summary by Stephen Knapp
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Stefen Knapp. Also suitable for reading aloud to children...

What is Yoga & How Did it Originate?
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline that focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. Learn about the history, tradition and development of Yoga over the ages.

Kedarnath Temple: The Ancient Shrine that Survived Himalayan 'Tsunami'
Kedarnath is one of India's most famous 'Jyotirlingam' Hindu temples and 'Char Dham' pilgrimages. It was the epicenter of the 2013 Himalayan 'tsunami' when heavy monsoon rains and the resulting landslides washed away most modern constructions in its wake. Read how the 1200 year old Kedarnath temple survived.

The Living Goddess of Nepal
The custom of worshipping a pre-pubescent girl, who is not a born goddess, as the source of supreme power is an old Hindu-Buddhist tradition that still continues to this day in Nepal.

12 Keys to Happiness and Success
Swami Chidananda spells out 12 simple ways to be successful in life and live happily. As Swami Sivananda of the Divine Life Society says,

The Darshanas: An Introduction to Hindu Philosophy
Darshanas are schools of philosophy based on the Vedas, and are part of the six scriptures of the Hindus. They form intellectual section of the Hindu scriptures that are philosophical in nature. Find out what the six Darshanas of Indian philosophy teach us.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse - Book Review
Noble laureate Hermann Hesse’s novella 'Siddhartha' presents a unique perspective of Buddhism through the story of a Hindu man and what he learns from life - that enlightenment can be attained from within and does not require any extraneous source.

Quality online shopping sites that deliver gifts and greetings for Diwali both inside and outside of India...
Quality online shopping sites that deliver gifts and greetings for Diwali both inside and outside of India...

Is War Justified?
Hinduism, like most religions, believes that war is undesirable and avoidable because it involves killing fellow humans. However, it recognizes that there can be situations when waging war is a better path than tolerating evil.

Maa Shashthi - Hindu Goddess of Woman Power
Maa Shashthi is a lesser known Hindu Goddess. She is considered an avatar of Goddess Durga and held in high esteem by the women folk of Bengal. Read about the 6 major festivals related to this Goddess, including Jamai Shasthi - a day dedicated to the son-in-law.

Jamai Shashthi: The Day of the Son-in-Law
Just like people observe Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Hindus in Eastern Indian state of Bengal have a special day dedicated to the son-in-law. 'Jamai' means the son-in-law and 'Shashthi' stands for the sixth day of the lunar cycle. On this day mothers-in-law across Bengal pray for the long life and prosperity of their sons-in-law. Page 2.

10 Ways to Wake Up Laughing... by Swami Beyondananda
Laughter is a transformational tool that used wisely can bring not just physical healing, but emotional release, mental flexibility and spiritual perspective. Steve Bhaerman aka Swami Beyondananda tells you how to wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake.

Quotes in Praise of the Bhagavad Gita
For thousands of years, the Bhagavad Gita has inspired millions of readers. Here’s what some of the greats have to say in praise of this venerable scripture.

Myth Busters: 6 Facts About Hinduism You Must Know
Hinduism is different from other religions in that it is not a religion per se in the traditional sense of the term. Find out how it is different and why it is unique...

Who Is a Hindu?
That we have such a difficult time understanding the answer to this question is a sad indicator of the lack of knowledge in the Hindu community today.

Rearming Hinduism: Why & How to Fight Hinduphobia
'Rearming Hinduism' is arguably the most important book about Hinduism written in recent times. Here is an excerpt from the author’s preface to the book that will help you understand the premise and focus of this seminal work.

Rearming Hinduism: Why Every Hindu Must Read This Book
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Hindu Demographics: Migration
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Hindu Demographics: An Overview
What do population growth projections tell about the future of Hinduism? The demographics are changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates, the size of youth populations, and other factors. Here's the full demographic report of the Hindus by the Pew Research Center, published April 2015.

Hindu Demographics: Regional Change
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Change in Countries with Largest Hindu Populations
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10 Countries with the Largest Hindu Populations, 2010 and 2050
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Hindu Demographics: Fertility
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Hindu Demographics: Age Structure
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Did the Hindus Never Eat Beef?
Dr. BR Ambedkar wrote a very well researched article on the controversial question of Hindus and beef eating, in which he concludes:

Hindu New Year: Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Nava Varsha, Navreh
Characteristic of the Indian cultural mlange, Hindus in various states of India celebrate the new year in their own ways. Find out more about Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Nava Varsha and Navreh.

Hindu New Year: Baisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu Vazthukal, Poila Baishakh, Bohaag Bihu
Characteristic of the Indian cultural mlange, Hindus in various states of India celebrate the new year in their own ways. Find out more about Baisakhi, Puthandu Vazthukal, Varsha Pirappu, Vishu, Poila Baishakh and Bohaag Bihu. Page 2.

Sri Satyanarayan Puja & Vrata Katha of Lord Vishnu
Sri Satyanarayan Vrata Puja is the ritual worship of Lord Vishnu which is generally performed on a full moon day or Purnima of every month. It can also be

Purnima & Amavasya - Full Moon & New Moon Hindu Rituals
Hindus believe that the fortnightly cycle of the moon exerts a great influence on earthly beings. Hence there are specific rituals for the new moon and full moon days. Find out how to observe these rituals and the dates for this year.

Golden Age - Mayan Calendar Corroborates Hindu Prophecy
The ancient Hindu Kali Yuga calendar and Mayan calendar were both started about the same time over 5000 years ago, and both predict a rebirth of our planet at about the same - about 5000 years after the calendars started - which was 2012! We might be living through some incredible changes for the earth.

Amarnath Yatra Guide - How to Registration as a Yatri for Amarnath Yatra
As per the guidelines of the Amarnath Shrine Board, here is the procedure for registration of Yatris for Amarnath Yatra... Page 2.

Amarnath Yatra Guide - Do’s and Don’ts for Pilgrims
The Amarnath Shrine Board that controls the famous annual Hindu pilgrimage to Amarnath and issues guidelines for pilgrims or yatris of Amarnath Yatra. Get the do’s an don’ts and how to register for the holy trip…

How Hanuman Obtains 2 Lingams from Shiva
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Why the Ramalingam is worshiped second
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How Rameshwaram Got Its Name
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How Hanuman Brought Shiva Lingams to Rameshwaram
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Why there are multiple Lingams in Rameshwaram
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The Strength of the Sita's Sand Lingam
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Sita Builds a Sand Shiva Lingam
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Rishi Agasthya Asks Rama to Worships Sita's Sand Lingam
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Hanuman Meets Sita in Lanka
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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An Illustrated History of Rameshwaram
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How the Holy City of Rameshwaram was Born
This illustrated history of the holy city of Rameshwaram - taken from the epic Ramayana - recounts the legend of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman, who worshiped the Shiva Lingam on the southeastern coast of India to rid themselves of the sin of killing Ravana - the King of Lanka.

108 Names of Lord Shiva (A-C)
Here are the 108 names of the Hindu God Shiva gleaned from the Sri Shiva Ashtotattrashata Namavali mantra. It is believed that devotees, who read, memorize or chant these 108 auspicious names of Shiva with single-minded focus, will receive the blessing of the Lord and be shorn of all sins.

108 Names of Lord Shiva (D-L)
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108 Names of Lord Shiva (M-S)
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108 Names of Lord Shiva (T-Y)
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Ramayana Mela
India's Modi Government has encouraged Ramayana Mela by taking this tradition mainstream – on the lines of the Ayurveda Congress and International Yoga Day – branding this event International Ramayana Mela and giving it a national stature. Read the whats and whys of Ramayana Mela...

Goddess Parvati or Shakti - The Mother Goddess of Hindu Mythology
Parvati is the daughter of the king of Parvatas, Himavan and the wife and consort of Lord Shiva. She is considered the mother of the universe, and she ever dwells with Shiva as his Shakti, which literally means 'power.' Read about the various stories of Shakti and Parvati.

The Love Songs of Sarojini Naidu - 6 Indian Love Poems
Here is a selection of love poems from 'The Golden Threshold' by Sarojini Naidu with an Introduction by Arthur Symons (John Lane Company, New York, 1916):

The Shiva Trilogy
The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy comprising three best selling titles - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

The Shiva Trilogy
The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy comprising three best selling titles - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

The Shiva Trilogy
The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy comprising three best selling titles - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

The Shiva Trilogy
The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy comprising three best selling titles - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

The Secret of the Nagas
The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy comprising three best selling titles - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras.

Hinduism A to Z - Illustrated Primer for Children About Hinduism
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel.

Hinduism A to Z - B for Bhakti
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 2.

Hinduism A to Z - C for Culture
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 3.

Hinduism A to Z - D for Dharma
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 4.

Hinduism A to Z - Q for Quest
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 17.

Hinduism A to Z - T for Tilaka
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 20.

Hinduism A to Z - U for Utsava
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 21.

Hinduism A to Z - V for Vedas
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 22.

Hinduism A to Z - W for Wealth
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 23.

Hinduism A to Z - X for Xerophily
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 24.

Hinduism A to Z - Y for Yoga
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 25.

Hinduism A to Z - Z for Zeal
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 26.

Hinduism A to Z - E for Earth
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 5.

Hinduism A to Z - F for Family
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 6.

Hinduism A to Z - G for Guru
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 7.

Hinduism A to Z - H for Hatha Yoga
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 8.

Hinduism A to Z - I for India
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 9.

Hinduism A to Z - J for Japa
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 10.

Hinduism A to Z - K for Karma
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 11.

Hinduism A to Z - L for Lotus
An illustrated primer introducing the important concepts of Hinduism through the letters of the alphabet designed with Indian motifs. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel. Page 12.