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What's the Significance of Guru Purnima?
The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the ancient sage Vyasa, who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Find out how to celebrate the day and more...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Who's A Guru?
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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.
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.
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
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...
Veda Vyasa: Life & Works of the Greatest of...
Vyasa is perhaps the greatest sage in the history of Hindu religion. He edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the epic Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Read about the life and works of Maharshi Vyasa.
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.
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.
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.
The Spiritual Side of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 5...
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was India’s best known scientist but he was deeply spiritual at heart. Here are 5 poems by him that shows his affinity towards Hinduism and Indian culture:
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.
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.
Dream-Symbols & Meanings
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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" - CHARACTERS & PLACES
A quick guide to the 'who's who?' and 'what's where?' in the complex plots and subplots of Ramayana...
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.
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.
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.
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
Rakhi: The Thread of Love
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.
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 full moon days on the month. Here are the Purnima or Full Moon Dates for the current year.
Top 5 Free Ebooks by Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda ." These works of Vivekananda constitute most of what the Swami taught us between September
When is Krishna Janmashtami 2015?
Janmasthami is the birthday of Hinduism's favorite God - Lord Krishna and is a popular religious festival for Hindus. What is the date for Janmasthami 2015?
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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 Hindu Women Fast During the Teej Festival
The Hindu festival of Teej is a three-day festival that occurs during the Indian monsoon season, and is marked by fasting of women who pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati seeking their blessings for marital bliss.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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...
"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...
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.
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.
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.
Hindu / Indian Baby Names Glossary
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit-based Hindu / Indian baby names.
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.
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.
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!
What are Puranas?
Learn about the Puranas, ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities of the Hindu pantheon through divine stories
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'A'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “A”.
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...
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.
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?
Jagjit Singh's Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music...
Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music CDs by Jagjit Singh.
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.
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!
SHIVA PHOTO GALLERY
A collection of high quality images of Lord Shiva.
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.
Popular Hindu Boy Baby Names That Start with 'S'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “S”.
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.
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.
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…
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.
6 Indian Love Songs by Sarojini Naidu
Here is a selection of love poems from 'The Golden Threshold' by Sarojini Naidu with an Introduction by Arthur Symons (John Lane Company, New York, 1916):
"The Mahabharata" - SUMMARY by Prof....
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald.
When Is Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan 2015?
Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious occasion for the Hindus, widely celebrated as a festival across India and around the world. What is the date for Raksha Bandhan?
The Mudras: Where the Hands Tell a Story
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.
How To Make a Rakhi
Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make a decorated Rakhi wrist band for the Raksha Bandhan festival...
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Introduction to the Hindu Calendar System
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.
16 Sutras or Mathematical Formulas Found in the...
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.
101 Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start With 'A'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “A”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?'
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'R'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “R”.
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.
The Historical Significance 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.
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.
8 Sites with Downloadable Swami Vivekananda...
Swami Vivekananda's persona and his teachings come alive in these wallpapers released by the Ramakrishna Mission.
When Do Scholars Believe Hinduism Began?
Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion. A brief discussion on the origin of Hinduism.
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...
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.
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.
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...
The Sai Baba of Shirdi (c 1838 - 1918)
The Life of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Hinduism.
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.
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...
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'N'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “N”.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'P'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “P”.
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.
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.
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.
What's the Significance of the Maha Shivratri...
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.
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”.
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.
7 Hindu Quotes of Condolence and Healing
quotes for times of tragedy. Hinduism.
Sri Satyanarayan Vrata & Puja
The ritual worship of Lord Vishnu or Sri Satyanarayan Puja is an important occasion for Hindu, especially in North India. Read about its origin and significance, and how to observe this fast.
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.
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...
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'M'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “M”.
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.
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...
Shrimad Bhagavatam - Bible of the Vaishnava...
The Shrimad Bhagavatam, often been called the Bible of the Vaishnavas, is a vast and encyclopedic work that surveys a broad spectrum of knowledge, including history, psychology, politics, cosmology, metaphysics, and Hindu theology.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 7 Blessings of a Hindu Wedding
The highlight of a Hindu wedding is Saptapadi
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.
"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.
Sant Kabir (1440 – 1518)
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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!
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...
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.
Why Do Hindus Practice Fasting?
Does religious fasting make any sense? Why do Hindus fast? A look at fasting from several perspectives.
Kirtan Chanting: Learn How This Ancient Music...
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!
Valmiki
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.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start with 'S'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “S”.
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.
Why Hindus Fast on the 11th Day of the Lunar...
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'K'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “K”.
5 Indian Classical Music Albums for Relaxation
Here’s my selection of music that have blended ancient chants and modern orchestration to get the best of both worlds.
"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.
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.
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.

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