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Hinduism A to Z - M for Mauna
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 13.

Hinduism A to Z - N for Non-attachment
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 14.

Hinduism A to Z - O for Open-mindedness
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 15.

Hinduism A to Z - P for Puja
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 16.

Hinduism A to Z - R for Reincarnation
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 18.

Hinduism A to Z - S for Samskaras
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 19.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Anjali Gesture
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 13.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Ankusa or Ganesha's Goad
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 12.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Om or Aum
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Vata or Banyan tree
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 3.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Bilva or Bael
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 8.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of 'Chandra-Surya' or Moon & Sun
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 29.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Holy Cow
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 14.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of 'Dhwaja' or Flag
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 33.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Ganesha
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 2.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Ghanta' or Bell
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 20.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Gopura' or Temple Gateway
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 21.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Hamsa' or Goose
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 38.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Hindukunda or Fire Altar
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 19.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Kalachakra' or Wheel of Time
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 34.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Kalasha' or Scared Pot
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 22.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Kamandalu' or Water Vessel
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 24.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Konrai Blossoms
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 18.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Kuttuvilaku' or Oil Lamp
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 23.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Mahakala
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 11.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Mankolam Design
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 15.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Mayil or Mayur (Peacock)
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 6.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Modaka' Sweet
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 36.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Musika' or Mouse
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 17.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Naga' or Cobra
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 32.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Nandi Bull
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 7.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Nataraja
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 5.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Pasha' or Noose
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 37.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Padma or Lotus
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 9.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Rudraksha
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 28.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Seval' or Red Rooster
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 27.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of 'Shatkona' or Six-pointed Star
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 16.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the Sivalinga
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 35.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Swastika
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 10.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Tiruvadi' or Sacred Sandals
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 25.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image Gallery of the 'Trikona' or Triangle
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 26.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of Tripundra
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 4.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Trishula' or Trident
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 31.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image of the 'Vel' or Holy Lance
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'. Page 30.

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 - 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 - 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.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image Gallery of Hindu Icons
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image Gallery of Hindu Icons
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image Gallery of Hindu Icons
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'.

Sacred Symbols of Hinduism - Image Gallery of Hindu Icons
Endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. Written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and illustrated by A Manivel for 'Dancing With Siva'.

Ananta Chaturdashi - Vishnu Worship & Ganesha Immersion
Ananta Chaturdashi is the 10th and penultimate day of the great Ganesha Utsav. Although it's more popular for Ganesha immersion, this festival is actually devoted to the worship of Lord Vishnu.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara - Hinduism Basics for Children
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Eight Rites of Passage or Ashta Samskara
An illustrated introduction to the eight of the essential rites or 'samskaras,' which Hindus should participate in as important life events.

The Five Practices or Pancha Kriya - Hinduism Basics for Children
These five slokas outline the minimal Hindu practices, also known as Pancha Nitya Karmas that parents teach their children in order to nurture future citizens who are strong, secure, responsible, tolerant and traditional and pass the dharma to the next generation.

Five Parenting Guidelines in Hinduism
Five Parenting Guidelines or “Pancha Kutumba Sadhana” describe the principles that guide fathers and mothers in setting strong religious examples that teach them to follow the path of dharma.

Five Parenting Guidelines – Hinduism Basics for Children
Five Parenting Guidelines or “Pancha Kutumba Sadhana” describe the principles that guide fathers and mothers in setting strong religious examples that teach them to follow the path of dharma.

Five Parenting Guidelines – Hinduism Basics for Children
Five Parenting Guidelines or “Pancha Kutumba Sadhana” describe the principles that guide fathers and mothers in setting strong religious examples that teach them to follow the path of dharma.

Five Parenting Guidelines – Hinduism Basics for Children
Five Parenting Guidelines or “Pancha Kutumba Sadhana” describe the principles that guide fathers and mothers in setting strong religious examples that teach them to follow the path of dharma.

Five Parenting Guidelines – Hinduism Basics for Children
Five Parenting Guidelines or “Pancha Kutumba Sadhana” describe the principles that guide fathers and mothers in setting strong religious examples that teach them to follow the path of dharma.

The Five Practices or Pancha Kriya - Hinduism Basics for Children
These five slokas outline the minimal Hindu practices, also known as Pancha Nitya Karmas that parents teach their children in order to nurture future citizens who are strong, secure, responsible, tolerant and traditional and pass the dharma to the next generation.

The Five Practices or Pancha Kriya - Hinduism Basics for Children
These five slokas outline the minimal Hindu practices, also known as Pancha Nitya Karmas that parents teach their children in order to nurture future citizens who are strong, secure, responsible, tolerant and traditional and pass the dharma to the next generation.

The Five Practices or Pancha Kriya - Hinduism Basics for Children
These five slokas outline the minimal Hindu practices, also known as Pancha Nitya Karmas that parents teach their children in order to nurture future citizens who are strong, secure, responsible, tolerant and traditional and pass the dharma to the next generation.

The Five Practices or Pancha Kriya - Hinduism Basics for Children
These five slokas outline the minimal Hindu practices, also known as Pancha Nitya Karmas that parents teach their children in order to nurture future citizens who are strong, secure, responsible, tolerant and traditional and pass the dharma to the next generation.

Yoga for Controlling Epileptic Seizures
Yoga is increasingly becoming a focal point of therapy and research in treating epilepsy. Zoe Langley, who has greatly benefited from this treatment, writes on how yoga is being rediscovered as a useful approach to exercise self-control of seizures.

20 Important Spiritual Instructions - Free eBook by Swami Chidananda
A Series of talks on Swami Sivananda's '20 Important Spiritual Instructions' that are prerequisites for the all-round discipline. It is said that this practice, together with the normal life is Sivananda's greatest contribution.

Temples in India: Tirupati
Tirupati is the holiest Vaishnava temple-town of South India. The temple, famous for the idol of Lord Venkateshwara or Balaji is situated on the Tirumalai hills.

The Spiritual Genius of Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda is one of most admired spiritual leaders of India. An inspiring spiritual and social leader, Vivekananda left an indelible mark in history with his teachings, which are studied around the world.

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Sacred Symbols in Hindu Art and Culture
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami writes about the endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography.

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The Akshardham Experience - By President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
An excerpt from the Indian President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalams eloquent address at the inauguration of Swaminarayan Akshardham Cultural Complex in New Delhi on Nov 7, 2005.

What is Kundalini?
Kundalini is the cosmic energy lying dormant within a human body. This latent energy resides in the basic chakra, the Mooladhar Chakra, at the base of the spinal cord in the form of a serpent like coil. Know more about kundalini and how to awaken it...

How to Do Puja in the Tantric Way - Step of the Tantric Puja Hindu Ritual
Puja means ritual worship of a deity through a series of steps. Traditionally, Hindus follow the Vedic steps of performing a puja. However, there is also a Tantric method of doing a puja. Here are the 12 steps of the tantric puja ritual.

Tantra - The Wild World of Tantra
Tantra is not all about sacred sex. Here's a low down into this wild occult practice of Hinduism.

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What are Chakras?
The chakras are subtle energy centers located on the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head. There are seven major chakras positioned vertically along the spine in the human body. Find out more about these 7 chakras and their significance.

Ajna Chakra: The Third-eye Chakra
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Visuddha Chakra: The Throat Chakra
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Anahata Chakra: The Heart Chakra
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Manipuraka Chakra: The Navel Chakra
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Swadhisthana Chakra: The Sex Chakra
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Muladhara Chakra: The Root or Base Chakra
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Sahasrara Chakra: The Crown Chakra
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Vasant Panchami: Birthday of Goddess Saraswati
The Vasant Panchami festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha, which falls during January-February. It is also known as Saraswati Day because it is believed that on this day goddess Saraswati was born.

Make 'Til Gajak' (Sesame Candy)
A speciality of northern India, Gajak is a dry sweet, made of sesame seeds or 'til' as they are known in Hindi. It's 'til' cooked in sugar syrup and set in thin layers, that can be stored for months.

Christ & Krishna: 10 Connections
It's Christmas eve - a good time to reflect on the similarities between Christianity and Hinduism - the most prominent being the like lives of Jesus Christ and

Narendra Modi on Ayurveda
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the ways we can bring acceptance and recognition for Ayurveda as a complete healthcare system adoptable in countries across the world. Here are 9 points that can provide direction and inspiration to Ayurveda and its practitioners.

Self Improvement Resolutions for the New Year
Beginning of the year is a good time to hitch on to some good habits and best practices. To begin with, as they say, do good to yourself. Get wise, keep fit and have the faith! Remember, you have nothing to lose. Here are some resolutions you can take up this year...

Gayatri Mantra Meaning and Analysis (Hindu Hymns)
The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness. Here's an analysis of this popular Hindu hymn.

The Holy Rudraksha: Super Seed in Hinduism
The Rudraksha seed is credited to possess mystical and divine properties. Necklaces made of Rudraksha beads are supposed to have profound astrological and health benefits.

Hinduism: 5 Principles & 10 Commandments
The essence of Hinduism can be distilled into five principles and ten commandments that can be said to form the bedrock of the universal religion of Hinduism.

Hindu Beliefs About Love, Elective and Arranged Marriages
Hindus regard the institution of marriage as a sacrosanct sacrament and not just a contract between two people of opposite sex. Most people tend to

Top 10 Hindu Deities
The most fundamental of Hindu deities, is the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But many other gods such as Ganesha, Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, and goddesses like Lakshmi, Durga, Kali and Saraswati top the popularity chart with Hindus.

Lyrics for Popular Hindu Song - Ganesha Hymn (Aarti)
Read the lyrics of the popular Ganesha Hymn (Hindi Aarti) “Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh, Jai Ganesh Deva”, and its English translation. You can also listen to the above hymn sung by Hariharan on your Real Audio player.

Durga: The Mother Goddess & Her Symbolism
Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and is worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being.

The Real Meaning of Shiva's Linga Symbol
The popular belief is that the Shiva Linga or Lingam represents the phallus, the emblem of the generative power in nature. According to Swami Sivananda, this is not only a serious mistake, but also a grave blunder.

The Vedas: An Introduction (Origin, Author, Structure)
The Vedas are the most comprehensive and universal of all ancient scriptures. They have guided our religious direction for ages and will continue to do so for generations to come. Here's an introduction to Vedic Literature and the four Vedas...

The Four Hindu Vedas (Rig, Sama, Yajur, Atharva)
The Vedas are the most comprehensive and universal of all ancient scriptures. They have guided our religious direction for ages and will continue to do so for generations to come. Here's an introduction to Vedic Literature and the four Vedas... Page 2.

The Power of Mantra Chanting - Why and How to Chant
That which uplifts by constant repetition is a mantra. The sound of mantra is said to lift the believer towards the higher self. However, it is important to have full faith in the mantra you chant. How to chant and what's in it for you? Find out...

Dasavatara - The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
Read about the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

Ten Reasons to Celebrate Diwali Festival of Lights
Why do we celebrate Diwali? It’s not just the festive mood in the air that makes you happy, or just that it's a good time to enjoy before the advent of winter. There are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a great time to celebrate. And there are reasons not just for Hindus but also for all others to celebrate this great Festival of Lights.

Hindu Calendar: Months, Days, Eras & Epochs
What are the months and days of the Hindu year called? The article lists the Sanskrit names of the Hindu months, days and lunar days and their correlation with the Gregorian calendar.

The 24 Gurus in Nature: A Story from the Life of Dattatreya
In this mythical tale, Lord Dattatreya spoke about his twenty-four Gurus and the wisdom that he had learned from each: Earth, water, fire, sky, moon, sun, pigeon, python, ocean, moth, honey-gatherers (black bee), bees, elephant, deer, fish, the dancing-girl Pingala, raven, child, maiden, serpent, arrow-maker, spider and beetle.

Enjoy Holi - The Festival of Colors
Holi is one occasion when sprinkling colored powder ('gulal') or colored water on each other breaks all barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same and universal brotherhood is reaffirmed.

About Lord Kishna - Hinduism's Favorite Deity, Krishna
The great exponent of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is the ninth and the most powerful incarnation of Vishnu, the Godhead of the Hindu Trinity of deities. Read all about the 'Dark Lord', his life and teachings...

Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Speeches - 9/11/1893
Read the text of the famous welcome address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, September 11, 1893

Swami Vivekananda's Concluding Address: Sept. 27, 1893
Read the text of the famous welcome address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, September 11, 1893. Page 2.

Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind
Peace of mind remains the most sought-after matter in life. Broadcaster Gyan Rajhans tells you how to attain peace in 10 different ways.

Shri Adi Shankaracharya (788-820)
Shri Adi Shankaracharya or the first Shankara with his remarkable reinterpretations of Hindu scriptures, especially on Upanishads or Vedanta, had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism. He is the most famous Advaita philosopher who restored the Vedic Dharma to its pristine purity and glory.

Puja: Traditional Step of the Vedic Ritual and How to Worship a Hindu Deity
Puja is worship. It is a Sanskrit term used in Hinduism to refer to the worship of a deity through observance of rituals including daily prayer offerings. What are the traditional step of the Vedic rtitual?

Tulsi: The Holy Basil - Power Plant
The 'tulsi' plant or Indian holy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition. Tulsi is a venerated herb and has many medicinal properties.

12 Fascinating Forms of Lord Shiva
According to Hindu mythology, during the Puranic Age, Gods and Goddesses were glorified as supreme beings in various eulogizing texts full of amazing stories -

Dhanteras - Festival of Wealth
Dhanteras is an auspicious occasion celebrated two days before the festival of lights, Diwali. Lord Yama – the god of death – is worshipped on this day to gain ‘dhan’ or wealth and well being. Learn about the legends behind this festival.

The Legend of the Hindu God Ayyappa or Manikandan
Lord Ayyappa is a popular Hindu deity worshiped in many temples in South India. Ayyappa is believed to be born out of the union between Lord Shiva and the mythical enchantress Mohini, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Two Popular Stories About Ganesha
The legends that are connected with Lord Ganesha are recorded in the Ganesha Khanda of the 'Brahma Vivartha Purana.' Here are two such popular stories - The Curse of the Moon' and 'Who is Elder?'

Brahman of the Vedas: A Unique Concept of the Absolute
Brahman - the Hindu concept of the Absolute is exclusive to Hinduism, and to call it God is imprecise. It is neither the old man in the sky concept, nor the idea of something capable of being vengeful or fearful. Then what or who is Brahman? Dr Frank Morales explains

Bhagavad Gita For Busy People - Download FREE eBook
Have you read the Gita? A common answer to this question is: No, I want to but dont have the time to read such a long discourse? If you belong to this unenviable category of busy people, I have a quick tip. Read Swami Sivanandas 17-page book

How to Choose a Name Based on Birth Star or Nakshatra
If you know your child's birth star, you can refer to this table to arrive at the first letters of your baby's name and select a name from my Baby Names Guide. Page 2.

Namkaran – The Hindu Naming Ceremony
Namkaran is the Hindu naming ceremony performed to select a newborn's name using traditional methods and astrological rules of naming. Read about the when and how of this important ritual.

Kirtan: How Chants Can Heal the Heart
Meditation doesn't come easy. That's where 'kirtan' - an ancient participatory music experience - offers an avenue to escape effortlessly to a place of mental quiet and stillness, where you can feel your soul!

Ganga - the Goddess of the Holy Ganges
The River Ganges or Ganga is perhaps the holiest river in any religion. Besides being a sacred river, Ganga is also worshiped as a deity in Hinduism and respectfully referred to as ‘Gangaji’ or ‘Ganga Maiya’ (Mother Ganga). Why is the Ganges regarded as holy? Find out...

Madurai and the Meenakshi Temples of South India
The southern Indian holy city of Madurai is famous for its beautiful temples. One of the oldest in the sub-continent, this ancient place is more than just a place for pilgrims. Read about the many marvels of the Meenakshi temples of Madurai, aka 'Athens of the East.'

Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati & the Arya Samaj
Swami Dayanand Saraswati was a Hindu spiritual leader and social reformer of the 19th century most famous as the founder of the Hindu reform organization Arya Samaj. Read about his life and teachings.

Bengali Wedding Rituals - Hinduism
A typical Bengali marriage ceremony is an elaborate affair that entails a series of colorful ceremony of rituals, which are not only enjoyable but are of great significance...

Manasa - the Hindu Serpentine Deity
During the monsoon season, Goddess Manasa is worshiped, mainly in eastern India, throughout the months of June, July and August, a time when the snakes leave their nesting ground and come out into the open and become active. In this article, read about this regional Hindu deity and her symbolic significance.

Hindu Rites & Rituals: The Ceremonies of Hinduism
An overview of the ritual world of Hinduism, from personal daily worship or 'Puja' to rites of passage or 'Samskaras' from birth till death...

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Hindu Rites & Rituals: Life-Cycle Rituals
An overview of the ritual world of Hinduism, from personal daily worship or 'Puja' to rites of passage or 'Samskaras' from birth till death... Page 3.

Hindu Rites & Rituals: Life-Cycle Rituals - Marriage
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Hindu Rites & Rituals: Life-Cycle Rituals - Death
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Goswami Tulsidas Profile (1532 – 1623)
Believed to be an incarnation of Sage Valmiki, Tulsidas wrote “The Ramcharitmanasa – a Hindi translation of the Sanskrit Ramayana, one of the two original epics of the Hindus. He was an ascetic and known for his many miracles.

What Are the Upanishads? - Indian Philosophy
The Upanishads, hailed as the supreme work of the Indian mind, form the core of Hindu teachings. They are summits of thought on man and the universe, designed to push human ideas to its very limit and beyond. Discover this secret science of the self!

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Shani Dev: The Dreaded Hindu Deity
Shani Dev is one of the most popular deities that the Hindus pray to ward off evil and remove obstacles. They are under fear of evil from his planet - Saturn. Anyone born under his influence is believed to at risk. How to appease Shani? Find out...

The Seven Blessings of a Hindu Wedding
The highlight of a Hindu wedding is Saptapadi

Akshaya Tritiya: The Golden Day of Eternal Success,
Akshaya Tritiya is one occasion, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Vedic Calendar. It is believed, any meaningful activity started on this day would never fail.

The Esteem of Women in Vedic India
The Hindu woman is no longer allowed to head a joint family, the Indian apex court pronounced recently. We have lessons to learn from the status of Indian women in the Vedic era, more than 3000 years ago.

About Vedic Astrology: What You Need to Know
It's the mother of all astrology, and it helps us understand our karma. According to this system you are not the Sun Sign you always thought you were. Vedic Astrologer Das Goravani unravels the secrets behind this ancient Indian predictive science.

Ekadasi - 11th Day of the Lunar Cycle
Ekadasi in Sanskrit means 'the Eleventh Day,' which occurs twice in a lunar month – once each on the 11th days of the moon cycle. It is a very auspicious time in the Hindu calendar and an important day to fast. Learn more about the significance of Ekadasi and dates for 2012.

Gayatri Mantra Garments - Clothing depicting Hindu symbols
A photo gallery of dress materials for women that depict the Hindu Gayatri Mantra and Om symbol.

Gandhi on God & Religion: Top 10 Quotations
MK Gandhi (1869 - 1948), Indias Father of the Nation, who spearheaded the countrys Freedom Movement for Independence from British Rule is known for his famous words of wisdom on God, life and religion. Here are some of the most noteworthy ones

A Brief History of Kashmir & the Continuing Conflict
Is this Kashmir conflict political or religious in nature? A quick look at the history of Kashmir and the origin of the crisis.

Kashmir: Paradise Lost - The Origin of Kashmir Conflict
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Christianity's Similarities With Hinduism
Author Stephen Knapp points out the close links between Christianity and Hinduism, which bind them into a sacred brotherhood. He says that Hinduism has had a predominant influence on Christianity, and that many of the Christian rites could have been directly borrowed from Hinduism.

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Sant Surdas - Life of the Hindu Saint-Poet
Life of Sant Surdas - the Hindu saint & sightless poet, who wrote and composed thousands songs in his 'Sur Sagar' dedicated to Lord Krishna.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Dr Deepak Chopra's ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams’ proves that success is not the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition but comprehending our basic nature as a human being and abiding by natural laws. Read the seven simple life-altering practical steps on how to attain success.

Lord Siva And His Worship - Download Free eBook
If you want to know Shiva really well, I recommend you read Swami Sivananda's 170-page book

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

The Love Songs of Sarojini Naidu - A Love Song from the North
Here is a selection of love poems fromThe Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu with an Introduction by Arthur Symons (John Lane Company, New York, 1916):

The Love Songs of Sarojini Naidu - A Rajput Love Song
Here is a selection of love poems fromThe Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu with an Introduction by Arthur Symons (John Lane Company, New York, 1916):

Namkaran - How to Name Your Baby
Namkaran is one of the most important of the 16 Hindu 'samskaras' or rituals. In the Vedic traditional, 'Namkaran' (Sanskrit 'nam' = name; 'karan' = create) is

Easy Steps to Yoga by Swami Sivananda Free eBook
This simple book will get you started on the path of yoga and meditation. Author Sri Swami Sivananda believes: “The Goal of life is the attainment of Self-realization or God-consciousness.” And Yoga can get you there!

Ayurveda & Healthcare
Here's a gold mine of 'healthy' resources on India's ancient medical system, herbal remedies and natural healing.

Gita Jayanti - Celebrating the Birth of the Holy Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita Jayanti, or simply Gita Jayanti, marks the birth of the holy book of the Hindus. It is an annual celebration to commemorate the day when Lord Krishna rendered his philosophical teachings – immortalized in the epic Mahabharata – to prince Arjuna in the battle of Kurukshetra.

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir: World's Tallest Hindu Temple
When completed, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be the world's tallest Hindu temple rising to a height of 210 meters or about 700 feet and equivalent to 70 floors. Being built by ISKCON on 62 acres of land with a built-up area of 5,40,000 sq. ft., this Krishna temple has an area of about 5 acres and will have many unique features.

Swami Narayan Tirtha - The Endearing Saint
On the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of the Hindu Guru Swami Narayan Tirtha, who belonged to the dual lineage of Adi Shankaracharaya and Siddayoga,here's a first-hand account of an endearing saint by his favorite disciple Swami Sadashiva Tirtha.

Vivekananda
All about the greatest modern Hindu spiritual leader - his life, works, teachings, speeches and more...

Why is the Cow Sacred to Hindus?
India has 30 per cent of the world's cattle. There are 26 distinctive breeds of cow in India. Here cows are everywhere!

Top 12 Bollywood Holi Songs - MP3 Downloads
Download the best selection of Hindi Holi songs from Bollywood films and add that special flavor to your Holi party!

The Six Seasons of India
Today, February 18, is officially the first day of Spring in India. That brings to mind the various seasons this country is blessed with. According to

Vice President of India Releases Encyclopedia of Hinduism
The Vice President of India released the international edition of the ‘Encyclopedia of Hinduism’ published by the India Heritage Research Foundation on October 10, 2014. In one work, the encyclopedia encompasses more than 7,000 articles on Hinduism.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Dhana-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi, Goddess of Wealth: The 8 Forms of Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Aadi-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Dhanya-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Gaja-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Santana-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Veera-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Vidya-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Ashtalakshmi - The 8 Forms of Lakshmi - Vijaya-Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth is worshiped in eight different forms. She is regarded as the mother of wealth and its source and supplier.

Dances of India
Resources on the many different types of Indian dance forms - from those that are deeply religious in content to those which are just for fun! Classical dances of India are usually always spiritual in content, although this is often true also of Indian folk dances.

BKS Iyengar (1918 – 2014) - Life and Teachings of the Yoga Master
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was a pioneering yoga teacher or ‘yogacharya’ credited with establishing and popularizing modern yoga in India and across the world. Here's a brief profile of the Yoga Master par excellence.

Gurus & Saints
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Characters of the Mahabharata: Names starting with 'P'
The Mahabharata is the world's longest epic and one of Hinduism's most popular and important scriptures. Here is a glossary of names from among the numerous characters found in the various stories of the Mahabharata.

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Characters of the Mahabharata: Names starting with 'I'
The Mahabharata is the world's longest epic and one of Hinduism's most popular and important scriptures. Here is a glossary of names from among the numerous characters found in the various stories of the Mahabharata.

Names from Mahabharata Starting with 'H'
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Characters of the Mahabharata: Names starting with 'A'
The Mahabharata is the world's longest epic and one of Hinduism's most popular and important scriptures. Here is a glossary of names from among the numerous characters found in the various stories of the Mahabharata.

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Manifestation of Shiva - Veerabhadra
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Gangadhara
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Ardhanariswara
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Chandrasekhara
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Kalasamharamurti
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Bhairava
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestations of Shiva - Lingodbhava
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Bhikshatana
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Gajasamharamurti
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Dakshinamurti
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Somaskanda
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Manifestation of Shiva - Nataraja
Hindu mythology mentions 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva. Read about 12 of the most fascinating form of Shiva - the God of Destruction.

Amarnath Yatra: Assistance Provided by the Indian Army
The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in making the annual Amarnath Yatra possible for tens of thousands of pilgrims providing them safety, security, medical and humanitarian assistance.

Amarnath Yatra: What's the Role of the Indian Army?
The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in making the annual Amarnath Yatra possible for tens of thousands of pilgrims providing them safety, security, medical and humanitarian assistance.

Amarnath Yatra: Safety & Security Provide by the Army
The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in making the annual Amarnath Yatra possible for tens of thousands of pilgrims providing them safety, security, medical and humanitarian assistance.

Amarnath Yatra: Disaster Recovery & Medical Assistance
The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in making the annual Amarnath Yatra possible for tens of thousands of pilgrims providing them safety, security, medical and humanitarian assistance.

Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization - by Dr. David Frawley
Both Yoga and Ayurveda enjoy immense popularity across the globe. But both disciplines are also subject to considerable distortion. David Frawley’s book offers a valuable overview of the connecting points between Yoga and Ayurveda and shows how both disciplines are relevant to contemporary spiritual practice through logical understanding and practical pointers.

Jayadeva Goswami: Vaishnava Hindu Poet & Author
Jayadeva Goswami, the composer of the immortal Sanskrit devotional song 'Gita Govinda,' which depicts the love story of Lord Krishna and his sweetheart Radha, is one of the most celebrated Vaishnava Hindu poets of India.

The Peacock and the Tortoise - Tale From Ancient India
'The Peacock and the Tortoise' is an enchanting tale from ancient India. Once upon a time a peacock and a tortoise became great friends. One unfortunate day, a bird-catcher who was on the prowl caught the peacock...

The Great Ganges Ghats of Varanasi (Banaras)
Varanasi, one of world's oldest living cities, is known for its 'Ghats' that dot the nearly 7 km arc line of the Ganges riverfront between the confluence of the River Asi in the south and the Varuna in the north. What are Ghats and what's its use? Find out...

The Origin of Hindu Drama: The History of Sanskrit Threater
How did Sankrit plays originate in ancient India? Learn about the character, construct, and performance of the Hindu drama in this knowledgeable article from 'Tales from the Hindu Dramatists' (1911) by R. N. Dutta.

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What Is Tantra Yoga? - Classical Advaita Yoga Tradition
Tantra Yoga tradition was fathered by Lord Sadashiva, the original expounder of Tantra, the indigenous mystical tradition of Eastern India. Tantric master Sri Aghorinathji writes...

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Monday (Somvar)
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 2.

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Tuesday (Mangalvar)
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 3.

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Wednesday (Budhvar)
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 4.

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Thursday (Guruvar)
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 5.

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Friday (Shukravar)
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 6.

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Saturday (Shanivar)
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 7.

Ravivar – Hindu Deities & Ritual Fasts for Sunday
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days.

Hindu Deities & Rituals for Seven Days of the Week
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days.

A Brief Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is the most important and influential of all Hindu scriptures. Here's a brief introduction to the Gita from Lars Martin Fosse's translation of the book. This provides a summary of the plot of Gita and sets a context to the teachings of the holy book.

In Search of the Supreme Being (Perceiving God)
Does God exist? What is the nature of this Supreme Being? Can you describe Him? In what ways can you achieve a union with God? Swami Atma, a French Yogi talks about the Advaita Vedanta, and the idea of Brahman to explain these fundamental concepts.

In Search of the Supreme Being (Perceiving God)
Does God exist? What is the nature of this Supreme Being? Can you describe Him? In what ways can you achieve a union with God? Swami Atma, a French Yogi talks about the Advaita Vedanta, and the idea of Brahman to explain these fundamental concepts. Page 2.

The Origin of the Panchatantra Tales
The Panchatantra is one of India’s most important contributions to world literature and consists of five books of fables attributed to the ancient Indian scholar Vishnu Sharma. But what went behind the genesis of these stories. Here's the story behind the stories...

Tirukkural: The Book of Wisdom
This great classic of the Tamil language by poet-saint Tiru Valluvar was written about 2,000 years ago, offering observations about virtue, wealth and love.

Arranged Marriages Originated in the Vedic Period
A recent research has brought to light that arranged marriages originated during the Vedic period of Indian history. The ceremony and the institution of arranged marriages took its shape during this time.

Can Vedic Astrology Foretell the Future?
Can the future be really foretold? Presenting perspectives from India's top Vedic astrologers - Asish Kumar Das, Dr Prem Kumar Sharma, Jagjit Uppal & Bejan Daruwalla.

Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) - Hindu Guru
In the 1980s, Amma founded her ashram to receive followers and offer them her healing hugs. There have been times when she has hugged over 20,000 devotees in a row over 20 hours at a stretch.

The Upanishads of Hinduism - Full Text Translation
Read the English text of the principal Upanishads from 'The Sacred Books of the East' translated by various Oriental scholars and edited by F. Max Mller

Lord Krishna: His Lilas & Teachings (Free eBook)
Want to know about the life and teachings of Lord Krishna? Read Swami Sivananda's book.

Why & How to Pray - Techniques of Successful Prayers
Even if you pray daily, you may be confused about the underlying philosophy of prayers. Often our prayers are not answered. Here's an insight into fruitful prayers: 12 reasons why you should pray, and 7 ways of praying with success. Keep the faith! Page 2.

The Why and How of Successful Praying in Hinduism
Even if you pray daily, you may be confused about the underlying philosophy of prayers. Often our prayers are not answered. Here's an insight into fruitful prayers: 12 reasons why you should pray, and 7 ways of praying with success. Keep the faith!

Hindu Quotations for Condolence and Healing
quotes for times of tragedy. Hinduism.

108 Names of Ganesha
Ganesha, the popular Hindu deity, is known by many names. There are 108 different names of Ganesha, many of which are suitable for baby names - for both boys and girls. What are these various Sanskrit names of Ganesha and their meaning? Find out...

Rath Yatra: The Chariot Festival of Puri, India
Every year in mid-summer, Lord Jagannath goes out on vacation, traveling on a grand chariot. This belief has given rise to one of the biggest religious festivals of India - the Rath Yatra, and has also given birth to the English word 'Juggernaut'.

India's National Anthem and Song - Hinduism
On the occasion of India's 67th Independence Day, which falls on August 15, we present the full text and English version of India's National Anthem.

Lord Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God
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.

eBooks & eText Downloads - Hinduism
Download eBooks & eTexts on various topics related to Hinduism. FREE!

Invasion of India by Alexander the Great - Indian History
This story excerpted from 'Our Empire Story' by H. E. Marshall recounts Alexander's invasion of India in 326 BC, and his battle with Hindu king Porus. It is since then that the West have known something of India...

The Panchatantra - Immortal Tales from Ancient India
The Panchatantra is one of India’s most important contributions to world literature. Read about the history, origin, authorship, and purpose of this immortal book of stories.

Vedic Astrology
Interesting sites on Hindu or Vedic astrology: Associations, astrologers online, training, software, audio-visual aids, and other related fields: Gemology, Numerology, Molescopy, Numerology, Palmistry ...

Image Galleries of Hindu Deities
Galleries of downloadable images, paintings & sculptures of Hindu gods & goddesses...

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu - Matsya (the Fish)
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu – various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

Hinduism Basics: Beliefs & Practices
In this section, you will find a collection of hand-picked resources to guide you through the basics of Hinduism, its beliefs and practices, and other distinctive features.

108 Names of Lord Rama - Hindu Mythology
Lord Rama is known by a multitude of names - that reflect the many facets of his luminous persona. Here are 108 names of Lord Rama with brief meanings.

How To Overcome Fear - By Sri Swami Sivananda
Fear is illusory; it cannot live. Courage is eternal, it will not die. Perils, calamities, and dangers face everyone. Learn to fortify your mind with courage and patience. Swami Sivananda tells you how...

The Story of the Mahabharata - India's largest epic
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald of the University of Tennessee.

Hanuman Real Audio: Listen to Hanuman Chalisas & Aartis
A collection of Real audio songs and hymns of Lord Hanuman - Aartis, Bhajans and Chalisas - sung by renowned Hindi musicians.

How to Wear a Sari - A Step-by-Step Guide
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

Step 2 of Wearing a Sari
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

Step 3 of Wearing a Sari
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

Step 4 of Wearing a Sari
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

Step 5 of Wearing a Sari
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

Step 6 of Wearing a Sari
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

Different Ways of Wearing a Sari
An illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of the most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

10 Commandments for a Successful Married Life
What does it take to be an ideal spouse? Gyan Rajhans dishes out some tried and tested means to keep your married life sound, peaceful and free from conjugal tensions...

Navadurga: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Siddhidatri: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Shailaputri: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Bharmacharini: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Chandra Ghanta: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Kushmanda: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Skanda Mata: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Katyayani: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Kaal Ratri: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Maha Gauri: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga
Nava Durga or the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmaanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri. What does each form stand for and what is their significance? Find out in this photo essay.

Unholy Smoke - What Hindu Scriptures Say About Smoking
How religion, religious organizations and gurus can help in making the world tobacco-free, and a look at what the Hindu scriptures have to say about smoking.

8 Types of Hindu Marriage - Laws of Manu
Read about the different kinds of Hindu marriages, as described in the 'Manusmriti' - the ancient law book.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.

Maha Shivratri: The Night of Shiva
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. Learn more about Shivratri and why to celebrate this festival.

Puranas - Friendly Hindu Treatises From Ancient India
Learn about the Puranas, ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities of the Hindu pantheon through divine stories

Hindu Samskaras - the Rites of Passage in Hinduism
Samskaras, or Hindu rites of passage, mark the important stages of one's life and enable one to live a fulfilling life complete with happiness and contentment. Read about the 16 major Hindu Samskaras, and the 8 essential rites of passage or 'Ashtasamskara.'

Bauls of Bengal
The wondering music cult of the Bauls has acquired a special place in the history of world music. Predominantly a Hindu movement, the Baul philosophy weaves together different Islamic and Buddhist strains as well.

Bauls of Bengal
The wondering music cult of the Bauls has acquired a special place in the history of world music. Predominantly a Hindu movement, the Baul philosophy weaves together different Islamic and Buddhist strains as well. Page 2.

Poila Baisakh - All About the Bengali New Year
The Bengali New Year celebrations is popularly known as 'Poila Baisakh.' It's the first day of the Bengali New Year, which usually falls in mid-April every year. Read about the traditional Bengali ways of celebrating 'Naba Barsho' or New Year.

The Magic of Vedic Maths - What's This?
Just as the basics principles of Hinduism lay in the Vedas, so do the roots of mathematics. Discover the marvels of Vedic maths, a unique system of calculations based on word formulae, which can help you solve any mathematical problem.

Vegetarianism: Non-Violence as Daily Practice
For many Hindus, vegetarianism is more than a way of life, it is a tradition. Vegetarianism can also be realized as a daily ‘sadhana,’ or spiritual practice, for a vegetarian lifestyle becomes a practice of ‘ahimsa’ or non-violence in thought, speech and action.

Vegetarianism: Non-violence as Daily Practice - Part 2
Some of the spiritual reasons, weve just discussed may have stemmed from the practical reasons people refrained from eating meat initially. Modern meat-eating Hindus will usually not eat beef or pork (which is rapidly changing), but eat all other meat. Read on... Page 2.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu / Lord Gauranga (1486–1534)
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was one the most prominent Hindu saints of the 16th century and the most renowned and celebrated proponents of the Vaishnava School of Bhakti Yoga that centers around the unwavering devotion to Lord Krishna.

Car Puja Guide - How to Bless Your New Car
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja in this exciting step-by-step photo essay.

Car Puja Guide - What You Need
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja - blessing her new Toyota Matrix in the Lord's name to keep it safe from any bad influences - in this exciting step-by-step photo essay. Page 10.

Car Puja Guide - Step 1
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja - blessing her new Toyota Matrix in the Lord's name to keep it safe from any bad influences - in this exciting step-by-step photo essay. Page 2.

Car Puja Guide - Step 2
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja - blessing her new Toyota Matrix in the Lord's name to keep it safe from any bad influences - in this exciting step-by-step photo essay. Page 3.

Car Puja Guide - Step 3
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja - blessing her new Toyota Matrix in the Lord's name to keep it safe from any bad influences - in this exciting step-by-step photo essay. Page 4.

Car Puja Guide - Step 4 & 5
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja - blessing her new Toyota Matrix in the Lord's name to keep it safe from any bad influences - in this exciting step-by-step photo essay. Page 5.

Car Puja Guide - Step 6
In the Hindu way, any new buy is consecrated before use. An American Hindu takes you through a typical Car Puja - blessing her new Toyota Matrix in the Lord's name to keep it safe from any bad influences - in this exciting step-by-step photo essay. Page 6.