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Obama Does a Nataraja on 'Newsweek' Cover
The 'Newsweek' magazine cover of November 22, 2010 captioned "God of All Things" depicts US President Barack Obama as the Hindu God Nataraja. Should such trends be not condoned as creative licence. Shouldn't the media be more sensitive while handling sacred topics? Yes, it's time to demonstrate some original creativity!

Gayatri Mantra Garments
Gayatri Mantra Garments

The Origin of Hindu Drama
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.

Pandit Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)
Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, whom George Harrison called the "Godfather of World Music" passed away in December 2012 at the age of 92.

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

Jayadeva Goswami
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.

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

Ramayana Exhibition at New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will host "Scenes from the Ramayana" - an art exhibition that will include selection of Indian paintings and sculptures about Rama - from March 31 - September 27, 2010.

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

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

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

Major Hindu Symbols
Hinduism employs the art of symbolism with amazing effect. No religion is so replete with symbols as this ancient religion. Delve deep into the hidden meanings and origins of major Hindu symbols, including rituals and deities.

Sacred Symbols
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in his book ‘Dancing With Siva’ writes about the endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography. In this article the Satguru describes 38 such symbols of Hinduism.

Sacred Symbols
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'.

What is Namaste?
Namaste or namaskar is the Hindu way of greeting each other. It is not just a superficial gesture or a mere word, but has deep spiritual significance.

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

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.

How to Wear a Sari
This illustrated step-bystep guide teaches you how to wear a Sari - India's national dress for females - one of most elegant attires a woman can adorn...

IndianBindi.com - traditional Indian Bindi exporters & suppliers - offers a dazzling range of traditional as well as the modern bindis, including a magnetic collection, for general, bridal and fashion needs.

The Clay Image: A History of India's Clay Deities
There is a long tradition of making images of deities in unbaked clay in India, especially in Bengal. Dr. Jim Robinson of the Oxford University, shares some of his research findings.

Hinduism and American Literature
An article from your Guide about how Vedic heritage flowered in the minds of the greatest of American writers of the 19th century.

Krishna Conscious Artworks
Browse through a wide selection of Krishna conscious artwork sold by independent artists from around the world.

Natya Shastra
The Natya Shastra is the oldest surviving text on stagecraft in the world, written by Bharata Muni between 200 AD and 200 BC.

Kolam Decorations & Rangoli - Article by Stephen P. Huyler
A brief article entitled "The Art of Worship - Kolam Ritual and Hinduism in India" talking about Kolams (aka rangoli or rangavalli)or decorations intended to protect home and family from evil and to encourage good fortune.

Paint the Holy Cow!
Paint-the-holy-cow.com is an interesting site on Art & Sprituality by Nick Applebee.

Vedic Art Gallery
A galaxy of art and images of Hindu gods and goddesses...

Hindustani Classical Music
A short introduction to Hindustani Classical Music that is indigenous to the north India, and forms the greater part of Indian Classical Music.

Carnatic Music
A short introduction to the South Indian Classical Music called Carnatic Music.

Vedanta Paintings
Painting and Photos for sale: Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, Vivekananda, Durga, Krishna, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Rama, Ganesha, Kali Shiva...

Exile in the Forest
Beautiful miniatures on the theme of Lord Rama's wanderings in exile.

Kangra Paintings
'The art of the elite' depicting scenes from Jayadeva's Gita Govinda.

Mewari Paintings
37 paintings of the Mewari School, dating back to the late 17th & early 18th century.

Tantrik Diagrams
Hindu ritual diagrams and geometric figures of Tantric initiation and empowerment by Patrick A. George.

An excellent collection of the Hindu religious symbol "AUM" in many splendoured shapes, sizes, colour and art forms.

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