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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.
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 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 Tulsi or Holy...
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
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.
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.
Symbols and Meanings in Your Dreams
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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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 Festivals Calendar 2016
A date-wise list of Hindu holidays, fasts, feasts, festivals and religious occasions for 2016. The most comprehensive Hindu festival calendar on the Web.
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!
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.
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.
Happy Birthday to Hindu Goddess Saraswati!
The Vasant Panchami festival is celebrated every year on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha, which falls during January-February. It is also known as Saraswati Day because it is believed that on this day goddess Saraswati was born.
"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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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.
Why Lord Shiva Is the Most Fascinating Hindu...
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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...
Top 5 Free Ebooks by Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda ." These works of Vivekananda constitute most of what the Swami taught us between September
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 Bhagavad-Gita - Introduction and Chapter...
Read the chapter summaries and full text translation of Hinduism's most celebrated ancient scripture - the Bhagavad-Gita - translated from original Sanskrit by Sir Edwin Arnold.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hindu / Indian Baby Names Glossary
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit-based Hindu / Indian baby names.
Ramayana Character Map: People & Places in...
Here's a ready reckoner of 50 characters and 13 locations found in the eternal stories of Rama, a veritable directory of the who’s who of the Ramayana legend - in alphabetic order...
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'A'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “A”.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Popular Hindu Boy Baby Names That Start with 'S'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “S”.
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.
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 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.
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...
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.
The 7 Blessings of a Hindu Wedding
The highlight of a Hindu wedding is Saptapadi
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.
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…
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.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start with 'S'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “S”.
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.
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.
Kundalini: The Cosmic Energy Inside Your Body
Kundalini is the cosmic energy lying dormant within a human body. This latent energy resides in the basic chakra, the Mooladhar Chakra, at the base of the spinal cord in the form of a serpent like coil. Know more about kundalini and how to awaken it...
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...
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.
Jagjit Singh's Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music...
Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music CDs by Jagjit Singh.
101 Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start With 'A'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “A”.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Sites with Downloadable Swami Vivekananda...
Swami Vivekananda's persona and his teachings come alive in these wallpapers released by the Ramakrishna Mission.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start with 'M'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “M”.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
When Do Scholars Believe Hinduism Began?
Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion. A brief discussion on the origin of Hinduism.
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...
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Bengali...
A typical Bengali marriage ceremony is an elaborate affair that entails a series of colorful ceremony of rituals, which are not only enjoyable but are of great significance...
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.
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...
Who's Who of the Mahabharata: A Quick Guide - 1
The Mahabharata is the world's longest epic and one of Hinduism's most popular and important scriptures. Here is a glossary of names from among the numerous characters found in the various stories of the Mahabharata.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'R'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “R”.
A Quick Introduction to the Hindu Calendar System
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.
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.
Hindu Baby Names
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “O”.
What is Vedic Math?
Just as the basics principles of Hinduism lay in the Vedas, so do the roots of mathematics. Discover the marvels of Vedic maths, a unique system of calculations based on word formulae, which can help you solve any mathematical problem.
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...
How to Celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of...
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.
Why Hindus Celebrate 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. Here's why to celebrate Shivratri.
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.
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 'M'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “M”.
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.
What are the 108 Names of Goddess Durga?
According to the scriptures, Lord Shiva addressed Goddess Durga in 108 names, which appear in the Purana called 'Devi Mahatmya' or 'Chandi.' Here is the full list...
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'P'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “P”.
Maharshi Valmiki: The Great Sage & Author...
Valmiki, the ancient Hindu Saint who wrote the Ramayana is the original creator of the Hindu sloka, a verse form in which all epics are composed.
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!
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Boy Names That Start with 'N'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “N”.
Who Really is the Sai Baba of Shirdi?
Sai Baba of Shirdi holds a unique place in the rich tradition of saints in India and has become immortal through his messages of love and righteousness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start with 'N'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “N”.
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.
7 Hindu Quotes of Condolence and Healing
quotes for times of tragedy. Hinduism.
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?'
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).
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...
"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.
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...
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
'Bhagavad-Gita As It Is' by Swami Prabhupada is one of the most widely read and recommended translations of the Hindu scripture. Here's a review of the book.
A Glossary of Sanskrit Words beginning with S
A glossary and list of Sanskrit terms starting with the letter S. This list provides definitions and how they are used in Hindu teachings.
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.
Popular Hindu Baby Girl Names That Start with 'H'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “H”.
Defining Consciousness: Mind Over Matter in...
An Indian scientist has formulated some path-breaking theories based on the ancient Vedic Sciences that give us a powerful insight into the gray regions of the human consciousness. Discover what lies beyond the realm of conventional sciences.
Lohri: The Bonfire Festival - Hindu Winter...
Amidst the cold weather, everything seems stagnant in northern India, until it's time for the winter celebrations of Lohri, the long-awaited bonfire festival. It's not just a break to thank God for a bountiful life on earth with rituals and revelry, but more…
What is Ayurveda and How to Benefit from it
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.
Indian Languages Primer: Arabic 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.
What is God?
10 famous quotations from Sri Ramakrishna's writings that tell you about God and how to find him...
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.
Vivah - Bollywood Photo Gallery
'Vivah' means marriage - an institution that binds two individuals into a bond that is sacred, pure and eternal - a commitment for life. It is also the title of Suraj Barjatya's latest Bollywood film. Here're some stills from the movie starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao.
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...

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