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The Feared Saints of Kashi

The Feared Saints of Kashi

Hinduism is single religion, but filled with diverse shades of faith, rituals, sects and worshippers. In the wide spectrum of customs and beliefs associated with it, none is more unique than the practices of the sect known as Aghori or Aghori sadhus. Aghori Sadhus are associated with cannibalism and engages in post-mortem rituals. Their customs and rituals are markedly different from other Hindu sects. Some […]

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The Gods on Earth

The Gods on Earth

The concept of Incarnation or Avatar is the key element of Hindu theology. According to it, the Supreme being manifests in various forms on earth periodically, with the objective of protecting it from evil. In Hinduism, the legend of the Avatar is considered one of the most important myths of the Vedic culture. It is particularly associated with the God Vishnu, one of the principle […]

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The Blood Soaked Worship

The Blood Soaked Worship

Mani and Mallasura were two demons who lived in Devaragattu hillocks and terrorized the saints there. Lord Shiva, hearing the pleas of his devotees, took the form of Bhairava on Vijayadashami day and vanquished the two demons with sticks. Before dying, the demons requested Shiva to give them human sacrifice every year. Refusing their plea, the Lord assured the offering of blood on the day. […]

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Surrendering to the Divine

Surrendering to the Divine

Sacrifice plays an integral part in Hindu rituals and customs. For devoted Hindus, it is a path to achieve liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth and enlightenment through a state of unity with the Supreme Being. There are many kinds of sacrifices and offerings that existed during various eras in the course of Hindu history, with most of them evolving with time […]

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The South Indian Temple Chronicles.

The South Indian Temple Chronicles.

The Indian temples have never been mere places of worship. They are also known for their architectural brilliance, structural perfection, exquisite carvings and awe inspiring artistry. The shrines that have survived over many pages of history, their beauty untouched, stands testimony to the craftsmanship of the artisans of the bygone eras. The fact that every nook and corner of these shrines were built by hand, […]

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The Dance of The Gods

The Dance of The Gods

He dances. With awe-inspiring attire and the vibrant burst of colours. The radiant lamps, the traditional decor, the rhythm of the resonating drums and the ardent devotion of the worshippers who gather around form the perfect backdrop. As the dance, music and devotion reach zealous heights, the artist becomes the God. It is not just a visual spectacle but a deep, intense experience. The Theyyam.  […]

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The Divine Bloom

The Divine Bloom

It represents purity, divinity and faith. The blossom standing above the muddy waters, its grace unparalleled as it opens its delicate petals to the shining rays of the sun. Faultless in its beauty and elegant in its bloom, the lotus flower holds an all important place in the hearts of followers of Hinduism, not just as a sacred flower but as a spiritual symbol too.   […]

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