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Hinduism 101: The Basics for Beginners
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.
Meet Ganesha, the Hindu Lord of Success
About the elephant-headed deity - the Hindu god of success, the importance of his form and how he got his head.
Meet Durga, the Mother Goddess of Hinduism
Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and is worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being.
Navaratri: The 9 Divine Nights
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...
15 Surprising Health Benefits of Hinduism's...
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
Diwali: The Biggest and Brightest Hindu Festival
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.
Hindu Festivals Calendar 2015
A date-wise list of Hindu holidays, fasts, feasts, festivals and religious occasions for 2015. The most comprehensive Hindu festival calendar on the Web.
What Does 'Namaste' Really Mean?
‘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.
Do You Know the Hindu Epic of Ramayana?
The Ramayana is one the world's most loved tales. Here's a short summary of this enchanting epic.
Discover How the Goddess Lakshmi Brings Good...
All about the Hindu deity Lakshmi - the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
What Does the Shiva Linga Really Mean to Hindus?
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.
Learn the 108 Names of the Hindu God Ganesh
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...
10 Hindu Deities Everyone Should Know
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.
Why Lord Shiva Is the Most Powerful and...
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.
Navadurga: Explore the 9 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.
The History & Origin of Durga Puja
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...
The Gayatri Mantra: Hinduism's Most Popular Hymn
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.
Meet Kali, the Dark Mother Diety of Hinduism
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!
"The Ramayana" - Summary by Stephen Knapp
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Stefen Knapp. Also suitable for reading aloud to children...
Dharma: The Path of Righteousness for Hindus
It's all about living a life that promises worldly joys and heavenly happiness. It's about what is right!
Check Out the 10 Avatars of the Hindu God 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.
Why Is 'Om' So Important to Hindus?
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.
Who's a Hindu? These are 7 legally accepted...
That we have such a difficult time understanding the answer to this question is a sad indicator of the lack of knowledge in the Hindu community today.
Swami Vivekananda's Speech at the World...
Read the text of the famous welcome address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, September 11, 1893
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10 Days with the Mother Goddess!
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.
Learn About the Birth of Krishna, Incarnation...
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.
5 Key Aspects of Lord Rama, the Ideal Avatar
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.
How to Celebrate the Birthday of Hindu Lord...
About the Great Ganesha festival. Read how to celebrate this auspicious occasion and pray for inner strength and success in all your undertakings...
Understanding the 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.
The 10 Avatars of Lord 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.
The 5 Principles and 10 Disciplines of Hinduism
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.
Step-by-Step Guide to 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...
What Are the 4 Stages of Life in Hinduism?
Hindu men should ideally go through four 'ashramas' or stages in life - the celibate student, the married family man, the hermit in retreat, and the wandering recluse. But most men are so much in love with the second stage that it lasts a lifetime!
How to Experience the Power of Mantra Chanting
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...
Why Lord Kishna Is Hinduism's Favorite Deity
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...
Everything You Need to Know About the Hindu...
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.
10 Hymns for Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses
Shiva Bhajans: Top 10 MP3 Downloads
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
Learn the Story of the Mahabharata, India's...
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald of the University of Tennessee.
Varalakshmi Vrata Puja - Fast in Honor of...
Mahalakshmi or Varalakshmi Vrata is a special vrata or fast dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, which commences in the month of Bhadra (September-October).
Top 5 Free Ebooks by Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda ." These works of Vivekananda constitute most of what the Swami taught us between September
"The Ramayana" - CHARACTERS & PLACES
A quick guide to the 'who's who?' and 'what's where?' in the complex plots and subplots of Ramayana...
Indian Languages Primer: English to Tamil,...
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.
What Do India's National Anthem and National...
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 Major Hindu Symbols Everyone Should Know
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.
All About Bhajans: Hindu Devotional Music
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.
Myth Busters: 6 Facts About Hinduism
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...
What Does Karma Mean to Hindus?
Hindus believe that it is Karma or the 'Law of Cause & Effect' that can lead one to salvation. Learn more...
5 Hindu Prayers for Any Occassion
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.
Why Cows Are So Sacred to Hindus
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...
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
Hindu Deities and Rituals for Every Day of the...
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.
5 Things to Know about Tulsi, the Holy Basil
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.
Why the Upanishads Are Important to Hindus
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!
When is Durga Puja & Dusshera 2015?
What are the dates of Navaratri, Dusshera, Durga Puja and Vijayadashami in 2013?
Why Do Some Hindu Women Paint a Red Dot on...
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.
The Love Story of Radha and Krishna
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.
Learn About the Ancient Hindu Guide to Life
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.
Who Is Lord Brahma, God of Creation?
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.
Listen and Learn the Most Famous Song for Lord...
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.
15 Facts About Swami Vivekananda You Didn't Know
Sankar's book 'The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda' brings to light many hidden facets of one of Hinduism's most celebrated gurus. Here we share 15 things that you may not have known about Vivekananda and his life.
108 Names of Lord Rama, Hinduism's Most Ideal...
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.
Understanding Saraswati, Vedic Goddess of...
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.
Ganesha Tales
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?'
Top 3 Most Popular Stories About Lord Shiva
Here are three mythological legends of Siva, the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution.
Popular Hindu Boy Baby Names That Start with 'S'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “S”.
The Most Important Hindu Rites and 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...
Who Is Lord Vishnu?
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.
6 Things You Probably Don't Know About Tantra
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.
Do You Know the Main Tenets of Hinduism?
Hinduism lacks any unified system of beliefs and ideas. A brief introduction to the main tenets, principles and disciplines of Hinduism.
Why Julia Roberts is Now 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”.
Explore 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.
"The Mahabharata" - SUMMARY by Prof....
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald.
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.
When Do Scholars Believe Hinduism Began?
Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion. A brief discussion on the origin of Hinduism.
Why Hindus Fast on New Moon and Full Moon Days
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.
Hindu / Indian Baby Names Glossary
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit-based Hindu / Indian baby names.
Indian Languages Primer: English to Hindi,...
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.
Live Like Buddha: 15 Hindu Laws of Life
15 chosen gems from Swami Vivekananda’s writings: “Love for love's sake, because it is law of life.” Find out the other laws of life...
The Making of Durga Idols
An exclusive Photo Gallery by Calcutta photographer Himadri Shekhar Chakrabarti depicting how clay idols of the mother goddess Durga are made before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja by the finest of artisans of Kumartuli in Calcutta, India.
Jagjit Singh's Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music...
Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music CDs by Jagjit Singh.
Examining the Iconic Vehicles of 18 Hindu Gods
Hindu deities have particular vehicles or 'vahana' on which they travel. Read about the vehicles of the gods and goddesses and what they represent.
Listen to the Most Popular Songs in Praise of...
A collection of Real audio songs and hymns of Lord Hanuman - Aartis, Bhajans and Chalisas - sung by renowned Hindi musicians.
4 Little-Known Facts about Shri Adi Shankaracha...
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.
Who is Nataraj, the Dancing Shiva?
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?
Everything You Need to Know About Hindu Temples
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.
How Is Christianity Similar to 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.
Did You Know There Are 8 Types of Hindu Marriage?
Read about the different kinds of Hindu marriages, as described in the 'Manusmriti' - the ancient law book.
A Quick Introduction to the Hindu Calendar System
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.
The Four Great Epochs in Hinduism
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…
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.
30 Famous Quotations About India and Hinduism
Here's what scholars, historians and authors have to say about India and Hinduism. Quoting top 30 quotations from Will Durant, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Max Mueller, Romain Rolland, et al.
Do You Know About the Hindu Deity Shani Dev?
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...
13 Hindu Wedding Rituals to Know Before Getting...
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.
Why Hindu Women Wear a Mangalsutra Necklace
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.
Naming Your Child the Hindu Way
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.
101 Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start With 'A'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “A”.
10 Things You Need to Know About Ramnavami -...
Ramnavami or the birthday of Lord Rama falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April). Some observe a strict fast on the day. Temples are decorated and the image of Lord Rama is richly adorned. The holy Ramayana is read in the temples.
What Makes Varanasi So Holy?
Varanasi, one of world's oldest living cities, is rightly called the religious capital of India. Also known as Banaras, this holy city rests on the bank of the sacred Ganges, and has some unforgettable experiences to offer to every visitor.
What Is the Historical and Religious Significan...
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.
What are the Full Moon Fasting Dates for Hindus...
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the new moon days on the month. Here are the Amavasya or New Moon dates for the current year. 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.
What's Inside Wendy Doniger's Banned Book on...
Find out what's inside Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' that may explain the outspread uproar against the author which ultimately led to the banning of her book in India.
8 Sites with Downloadable Swami Vivekananda...
Swami Vivekananda's persona and his teachings come alive in these wallpapers released by the Ramakrishna Mission.
What Do You Know About Hanuman the Hindu Ape 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.
What Does Brahman Mean in the Hindu Religion?
“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…
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'A'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “A”.
Why Hinduism is a Religion of Freedom
Are the two words synonymous and interchangeable? Religion literally means that which leads one to God. But Dharma has a wider meaning. There is no equivalent word for “Dharma” either in English or in any other language. Shri Gyan Rajhans explains.
Why Do Hindus Have So Many Gods, Anyway?
It's easy misinterpret the fact that Hinduism has a multitude of Gods! Hindu deities amount to thousands, all representing the many aspects of only one supreme Absolute called “Brahman”. Let us try to understand the concept of Gods in Hinduism.
"The Ramayana" - Full Text Translatio...
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.
Krishna Janmashtami
Janmasthami - the birthday of Hinduism's favorite Lord Krishna is a special occasion for Hindus, who consider him their leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend all rolled into one. Find out our Hindus celebrate this day.
What You Should Know About the Raksha Bandhan...
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.
Meet Vishwakarma, the Hindu God of Architecture
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.
How Do You Define Hinduism?
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.
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.
Valmiki, the ancient Hindu Saints is the original creator of the Hindu ‘sloka’ – a verse form in which the great Indian epics are composed. The only work available of the great sage-poet, The Ramayana, has established the poet’s timeless fame.
Vaastu Shastra: The Secret to a Happy and...
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.
4 Famous Female Figures of Vedic India
Women of the Vedic period (c 1500-1200 BCE), were epitomes of intellectual and spiritual attainments. The Vedas have volumes to say about these women, who both complemented and supplemented their male partners. Read about a few significant female figures of the Vedic period - Ghosha, Lopamudra, Sulabha Maitreyi, and Gargi.
Pitri-Paksha: Hindu Ritual to Remember Our...
The annual ancestor-worship or ‘Pitri-Paksha’ is a period that is observed every year during the dark half of the Hindu month of ‘Ashwin’ by the Hindus. This period of 15 days is set aside by the Hindus for the remembrance of their ancestors. During this fortnight, Hindus donate food to the hungry in the hope that their ancestors will also be thus fed.
The Ramayana
The Ramayana is one the world's most read epics. Know more about this enchanting story, its writers and origin, history and mythology, characters and places and its immense popularity and universal appeal.
Why Do Hindus Consider the Ganges River Sacred?
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...
Karwa Chauth
Karwa Chauth is a ritual of fasting observed by married Hindu women seeking the well-being and prosperity of their husbands. Read about the significance of this important and difficult fast that comes 9 days before Diwali in October-November.
The 7 Blessings of a Hindu Wedding
The highlight of a Hindu wedding is Saptapadi
An Intriduction to Hindu Gods and Goddesses
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 Sai Baba of Shirdi (c 1838 - 1918)
The Life of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Hinduism.
The Story of Goddess Parvati or Shakti, the...
Parvati is the daughter of the king of Parvatas, Himavan and the wife and consort of Lord Shiva. She is considered the mother of the universe, and she ever dwells with Shiva as his Shakti, which literally means 'power.' Read about the various stories of Shakti and Parvati.
Indian Languages Primer: Arabic to Tamil,...
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.
Car Puja Guide
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.
Uses & Abuses of Tantra
Tantra practitioners or Tantriks are known for their supernatural powers derived from their knowledge of Tantra and its devotional practice. These powers may be used for good or for bad purposes. Tantrik Master Shri Aghorinath Ji explains.
Easy Steps to Yoga: 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!
Popular Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start with 'S'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “S”.
"The Mahabharata" - Full Text...
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.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: Top 20 Quotations
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a . Here is a selection of the best quotes on Hinduism gleaned from the vast body of literature written by Dr. Radhakrishnan.
A Kid's History of Alexander the Great's...
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...
What are Samskaras?
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.'
The Spiritual Significance of Diwali
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.
Bhai Dooj: All About Hindu Ritual for Brothers...
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.
Top 10 Books to Learn More About the Bhagavad...
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.
How to do a Puja in the Tantric way
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.
Lord Ayyappa
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.
4 Books to Help You Choose a Hindu Baby Name
Who needs a baby name book? You can only answer this when you have a newborn yourself. They are helpful! In today’s 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...
Goswami Tulsidas (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.
Why Do Hindus Practice Fasting?
Does religious fasting make any sense? Why do Hindus fast? A look at fasting from several perspectives.
Sant Kabir (1440 – 1518)
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An Ancient Indian Story of How Rice Came to Be
'The Legend of the Rice' takes you back in time when the rice, the food of the Indian people, was of larger grain. An enticing tale from ancient India.
Puja: Traditional Step of the Vedic Ritual...
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?
Why Swami Vivekananda Was Known As a Spiritual...
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.
Reclaiming the Jewel of Dharma
In this essay, Vedic scholar Dr. Frank Morales speaks on how to save Hinduism from Universal Radicalism, preserve its uniqueness, and usher in the renewal of authentic Hinduism.
Why Hindus Celebrate Holi
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.

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