Hinduism: Most Popular Articles
A date-wise list of Hindu holidays, fasts, feasts, festivals and religious occasions for 2014. The most comprehensive Hindu festival calendar on the Web.
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
‘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.
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.
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.
About the elephant-headed deity - the Hindu god of success, the importance of his form and how he got his head.
Here is a glossary of Sanskrit-based Hindu / Indian baby names.
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.
Lyrics and streaming audio or MP3 downloads of top 10 Hindu hymns or 'aartis' - musical prayers dedicated to various gods and goddesses
A collection of high quality images of Lord Shiva.
A collection of Real audio songs and hymns of Lord Hanuman - Aartis, Bhajans and Chalisas - sung by renowned Hindi musicians.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “A”.
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.
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 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.
15 chosen gems from Swami Vivekanandas writings: Love for love's sake, because it is law of life. Find out the other laws of life...
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.
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...
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...
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the new moon and full moon days on the month. Here are the dates for the current year. Page 2.
Here's what scholars, historians and authors have to say about India and Hinduism. Quoting top 30 quotations from Will Durant, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Max Mueller, Romain Rolland, et al.
Read about the 10 avatars of Vishnu various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.
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.
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...
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!
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “S”.
Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe and is worshipped as the supreme power of the Supreme Being.
Each of the seven days in a week has a special significance in Hinduism. About the seven days, the respective planet & deities associated with the particular days, relevant tales and legends, and the gemstones and colors that are said to be lucky for those days. Page 2.
Read the text of the famous welcome address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, September 11, 1893
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “A”.
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.
Who needs a baby name book? You can only answer this when you have a newborn yourself. They are helpful! In todays global society, naming babies has assumed great importance. Finding an easy to pronounce, meaningful name that is rooted in your own cultural heritage and yet unique is not easy. Perhaps these books can make your task easy...
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.
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.
Top 5 Hindu Devotional Music CDs by Jagjit Singh.
Download Ebook (PDF) 5. Bhakti Yoga - by Swami Vivekananda Sri Ramakrishna Math This e-book of 'Bhakti-Yoga'
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “S”.
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.
About the 10 avatars of Vishnu – various incarnations used to re-establish dharma or righteousness on earth during the many stages of human evolution.
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.
It's all about living a life that promises worldly joys and heavenly happiness. It's about what is right!
A quick guide to the 'who's who?' and 'what's where?' in the complex plots and subplots of Ramayana...
Here are three mythological legends of Siva, the powerful and fascinating deity of the Hindu Trinity, who represents death and dissolution.
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.
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.
Hindus believe that it is Karma or the 'Law of Cause & Effect' that can lead one to salvation. Learn more...
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “N”.
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 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.
Tantra is mistakenly identified as the yoga of sex, black magic, witchcraft, and an amalgam of techniques for influencing the mind of others. Renowned Tantrik master Shri Aghori ji dispels the myth surrounding this Vedic tradition of Tantrism.
A 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.
All about the Hindu deity Lakshmi - the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the new moon and full moon days on the month. Here are the dates for the current year.
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami writes about the endearing images embodying intuitions of the spirit that adorn Hindu art, architecture and iconography.
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald.
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.
The Life of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Hinduism.
Pranayama is a unique exercise that does not take away our energy - a unique breathing technique that can also be called a kind of relaxation in which our consciousness is alert.
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...
About the Great Ganesha festival. Read how to celebrate this auspicious occasion and pray for inner strength and success in all your undertakings...
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...
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.
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…
Hindus attach great importance to the fortnightly cycle of the moon, and specific rituals are observed on the 11th days of the lunar month. Here are the dates for the current year. Page 3.
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!
Heres my selection of music that have blended ancient chants and modern orchestration to get the best of both worlds.
An overview of the ritual world of Hinduism, from personal daily worship or 'Puja' to rites of passage or 'Samskaras' from birth till death... Page 5.
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!
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “D”.
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Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Stefen Knapp. Also suitable for reading aloud to children...
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “R”.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “K”.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “K”.
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.
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.
Swami Vivekananda's persona and his teachings come alive in these wallpapers released by the Ramakrishna Mission.
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.
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.
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.
Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism and Indian culture, developed by 9th and 10th century artists in a series of beautiful bronze sculptures. What does it symbolize and signify?
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “V”.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “P”.
Peace of mind remains the most sought-after matter in life. Broadcaster Gyan Rajhans tells you how to attain peace in 10 different ways.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “P”.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “R”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “D”.
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!
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “M”.
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.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “G”.
The Ramayana is one the world's most loved tales. Here's a short summary of this enchanting epic.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “B”.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “M”.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “T”.
A selection of contemporary paintings of Lord Shiva.
Does religious fasting make any sense? Why do Hindus fast? A look at fasting from several perspectives.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make a decorated Rakhi wrist band for the Raksha Bandhan festival...
'Many Lives, Many Masters' is the true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “T”.
'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.
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.
A common answer to this question is: No, I want to but dont have the time to read such a long discourse?
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.
One of the most interesting and popular centers of tantrik rites is at Balaji, near Bharatpur off the
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “B”.
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 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...
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.
Read the full text of the English translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Sir Edwin Arnold in 18 Chapters.
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.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “V”.
Here's a selection of good books on Ayurveda suitable for all concerned with well-being.
Mahalakshmi or Varalakshmi Vrata is a special vrata or fast dedicated to Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, which commences on the 8th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Bhadra and ends on the 8th day of the dark fortnight of the following month Ashwin (September – October).
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “L”.
About the Indian calendar system, its history and correlation with the Gregorian calendar.
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.
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...
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Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for boys beginning with “H”.
Here's a selection of good books on Hinduism basics suitable for beginners: 'Hinduism: Beliefs & Practices' By Jeaneane Fowler, 'Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism' By Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami...more
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
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.
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.
The highlight of a Hindu wedding is Saptapadi
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.
Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion. A brief discussion on the origin of Hinduism.
Here’s a selection of Hindu / Indian baby names for girls beginning with “J”.
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...
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...
The world's oldest scriptures and the longest epic poems are among the sacred texts of the Hindus. A brief introduction to the basic scriptures of Hinduism.
Here’s a selection of Indian baby names for girls beginning with “G”. For names with other letters of the alphabet, see the Hindu Baby Names index page.