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Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses
Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest of all Hindu festivals. Learn about its origin, significance, and the four days of celebrations that mark this auspicious occasion.
A date-wise list of Hindu holidays, fasts, feasts, festivals and religious occasions for 2014. The most comprehensive Hindu festival calendar on the Web.
Soon after Diwali, sisters all over India ceremonialize their love by putting an auspicious vermilion spot on the forehead of their brothers as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. A closer look at the tradition of Bhai Dooj.
If you're new to this faith, here's where to begin. In this simple introduction to a complex religion, get your basic questions on Hinduism answered and explained in brief.
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
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.
About the elephant-headed deity - the Hindu god of success, the importance of his form and how he got his head.
‘Namaste’ or ‘namaskar’ is the Hindu way of greeting each other. It is not a superficial gesture or mere word, but has deep spiritual significance.
How to illuminate your inners self. Swami Sivananda says that many a Deepavali have come and gone but the hearts of the many people are as dark as the night of the new moon. Learn how to light up the heart.
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 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.
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.
Goddess Kali, the Dark Mother is one such deity with whom devotees have a very loving and intimate bond. Get close to Kali - the fearful goddess with a heart of a mother!
All about the Hindu deity Lakshmi - the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
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...
The Ramayana is one the world's most loved tales. Here's a short summary of this enchanting epic.
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.
Read the text of the famous welcome address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, September 11, 1893
Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and is worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being.
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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.
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...
It's all about living a life that promises worldly joys and heavenly happiness. It's about what is right!
Bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental dot on the forehead between the two eyebrows. Here's all you needed to know about the hot spot that's in vogue today.
Here are the full text and English version of India's National Anthem and National Song. Also includes are the links to download the official MP3 versions and instructions of playing the anthem and the song.
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.
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.
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.
Here are some of the best Bhajans or devotional songs dedicated to Lord Shiva by courtesy of Mahadev.org. Click on the song titles to listen or download these
About Lord Shiva - the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution. Read about his destructive forces and why he is worshiped as a phallic symbol.
Skanda Sashti is observed in October – November in South India to commemorate the destruction of evil by the Supreme Being. It is dedicated to Lord Subramanya, who on this day, is believed to have annihilated the mythical demon Taraka.
A collection of Real audio songs and hymns of Lord Hanuman - Aartis, Bhajans and Chalisas - sung by renowned Hindi musicians.
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.
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.
The birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental phenomenon that generates awe among the Hindus and overwhelms one and all with its supra mundane happenings.
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu – various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.
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!
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.
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...
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!
15 chosen gems from Swami Vivekanandas writings: Love for love's sake, because it is law of life. Find out the other laws of life...
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald of the University of Tennessee.
Special Hymn or 'Aarti' for Diwali
Lord Vishwakarma is the presiding deity of all architects. He is the official builder of all the gods' palaces, and the designer of all celestial vehicles and weapons. A look at this divine draftsman of Hindu mythology and some cities he built.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit-based Hindu / Indian baby names.
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
An overview of the ritual world of Hinduism, from personal daily worship or 'Puja' to rites of passage or 'Samskaras' from birth till death...
View and send animated e-cards on the occasion of Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights! Page 3.
Characteristic of the Indian cultural mélange, 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.
A collection of high quality images of Lord Shiva.
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...
Download Ebook (PDF) 5. Bhakti Yoga - by Swami Vivekananda Sri Ramakrishna Math This e-book of 'Bhakti-Yoga'
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the new moon and full moon days on the month. Here are the dates for the current year.
Tantra is mistakenly identified as the yoga of sex, black magic, witchcraft, and an amalgam of techniques for influencing the mind of others. Renowned Tantrik master Shri Aghori ji dispels the myth surrounding this Vedic tradition of Tantrism.
A quick guide to the 'who's who?' and 'what's where?' in the complex plots and subplots of Ramayana...
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.
It's festival time again! Every year during this time, Hindus observe ten days of ceremonies, rituals, fasts and feasts in honour of the supreme mother goddess Durga. Here's how to celebrate Navratri, Dusshera, Durga Puja and Vijayadashami.
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Stefen Knapp. Also suitable for reading aloud to children...
Hindus believe that it is Karma or the 'Law of Cause & Effect' that can lead one to salvation. Learn more...
A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.
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.
Here are the lyrics of 5 prayers - the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, and Meditations on Shiva, Ganesha, Krishna and Rama. Also included are the meanings of each of these prayers.
Deepavali or Diwali - the Festival of Lights is the biggest festival in the Hindu Calendar. What is the date for Diwali 2014?
Perhaps no other faith glorifies the idea of love between the sexes as Hinduism. The amazing variety of mythical love stories that abounds Sanskrit literature is undoubtedly one of the richest treasure hoards of exciting love tales. Come, explore! Page 4.
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.
Heres my selection of music that have blended ancient chants and modern orchestration to get the best of both worlds.
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A list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Cantonese. Knowing these can prove very useful for people visiting India.
Brahma is the creator of the universe and of all beings, as depicted in Hindu cosmology. In Hinduism, the whole creation is seen as the dynamic game of the Trinity of Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Here we talk about Brahma and the many facets of his divine energy.
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.
Pongal is the great Indian harvest festival, celebrated every year in mid January to mark the reaping of crops and a special thanksgiving to God, the sun, earth and cattle.
Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. She is the mother of the Vedas, and chants to her often begin and end Vedic lessons.
The '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.
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...
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.
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.
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the new moon and full moon days on the month. Here are the dates for the current year. Page 2.
The lord of peace and truth, Vishnu is the ‘Preserver’ form of the Hindu Trinity. His many avatars have been known to born on this earth to restore peace and order – the most popular being Lord Krishna and Rama.
About the Great Ganesha festival. Read how to celebrate this auspicious occasion and pray for inner strength and success in all your undertakings...
Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism and Indian culture, developed by 9th and 10th century artists in a series of beautiful bronze sculptures. What does it symbolize and signify?
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.
Read about the four great epochs or 'yugas' as described in the Hindu scriptures, and the cursed Kali Yug we're living in. What happens at the end of this age? Let's find out…
Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion. A brief discussion on the origin of Hinduism.
Hinduism lacks any unified system of beliefs and ideas. A brief introduction to the main tenets, principles and disciplines of Hinduism.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “A”.
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.
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.
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.
Chhath Puja also called Dala Puja is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun God Surya. It is popular in the Northern and Eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand and even Nepal.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “S”.
Hindus mark the advent of winter with 9 nights/days of fast and prayer to Durga, the Mother Goddess who embodies all the power of the universe. What's the significance? Why Durga? Why this time of the year? Why 9 nights? Find out...
Here are three mythological legends of Siva, the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution.
Henna tattoos are considered among the most auspicious 'ornaments' of a married Hindu woman. A look at the history, significance and how this beautiful reddish dye has become synonymous with Hindu wedding, and has made waves the West.
Swami Vivekananda's persona and his teachings come alive in these wallpapers released by the Ramakrishna Mission.
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.
Although it is not mandatory for a Hindu to visit a temple regularly, they play a vital role in Hindu society and culture. Learn about the basics of what a Hindu temple is all about.
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.
Does religious fasting make any sense? Why do Hindus fast? A look at fasting from several perspectives.
Bhajans are simple songs in soulful language, with origins in the ancient hymns of Vedas, expressing the many emotions of love for God - a complete submission to him through singing. Its devotional appeal has made is a favorite with the masses.
Traditionally accepted as an arm of the Vedas, the 'Laws of Manu' or 'Manava Dharma Shastra' (c. 500 BC) is a key Hindu text. It presents the norms of domestic, social, and religious life, and is fundamental to the understanding of ancient India.
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...
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “R”.
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald.
Durga Puja - the ceremonial worship of the mother goddess, is one of the most important festivals of India. Who performed the first autumnal Puja? When and where did Hindus start celebrating Durga Puja on a mass scale? How did the 'pratima' and the 'pandal' evolve over the years? Find out...
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “M”.
Vaastu Shastra - the ancient Indian laws of can help you live a happy and healthy life if your house is compliant to certain natural laws.
While various regional steps are followed by different sects of Hindus across India, there are about a dozen rituals that form the core of a Vedic wedding ceremony.
The world's oldest scriptures and the longest epic poems are among the sacred texts of the Hindus. A brief introduction to the basic scriptures of Hinduism.
Mangalsutra is a sacred necklace that the groom ties around the bride's neck on the day of the wedding in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, thereby giving her the status of his wife and life mate.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “P”.
Kartikeya, the second son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is a war god. The symbolism of Kartikeya points to the ways and means of reaching perfection in life.
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.
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami writes about the endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography.
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...
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “A”.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “M”.
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.
'Many Lives, Many Masters' is the true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “N”.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “H”.
One of the most interesting and popular centers of tantrik rites is at Balaji, near Bharatpur off the
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”.
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...
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
Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute called Brahman but does not advocate the worship of any one particular deity. A brief introduction to the Hindu universe of gods and goddesses.
The Life of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Hinduism.
The cow is a pampered animal in India for religious reasons. Why is the cow considered sacred? Does it make any sense to protect the cow? Read more about the history of holy cow...
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “K”.
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the 11th days of the lunar month. Here are the dates for the current year. Page 3.
Peace of mind remains the most sought-after matter in life. Broadcaster Gyan Rajhans tells you how to attain peace in 10 different ways.
The Ramayana is one the world's most read epics. Read the full text of this Hindu scripture in this 11 lucid and reader-friendly translation by Romesh C Dutt - divided into 11 chapters.
Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. Here's a quick introduction to this ancient Hindu science.
It is not easy to define Hinduism, for it is much more than a religion in the Western sense. A brief introduction to the basics of Hinduism.
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.
Kuber, Kubera or Kuvera is the lord of riches and treasures in Hinduism pantheon of gods and goddesses. He is frequently mentioned in the epic Ramayana as the God of gold and wealth. Read more about Kubera...
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “N”.
Here's a selection of some colorful books for children on "Diwali" - the greatest festival of the Hindus,
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “S”.
The Mahabharata is the world's longest and one the most revered epics. Read the full text of this Hindu scripture in this extremely reader-friendly verse translation by Romesh C Dutt - divided into 12 chapters.
Here's a selection of good books on Hinduism basics suitable for beginners: 'Hinduism: Beliefs & Practices' By Jeaneane Fowler, 'Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism' By Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami...more
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “D”.