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  • Hill Fairies Who Abduct Men

    Hill Fairies Who Abduct Men

    The idea of enchanting magical women abducting men is a recurring idea around the world. …

  • Why Stories of Floating Idols Crashing Ships Continues to Endure

    Why Stories of Floating Idols Crashing Ships Continues to Endure

    The idea of a temple or a deity attracting ships, forcing them to move off course and causing shipwrecks by their magnetic power is also found on the western coast of India…

  • The Goddess Came Later

    The Goddess Came Later

    We can argue that goddesses have been integral to Hinduism since Vedic times. But of the 1,000 hymns of the Rig Veda only the maximum number of hymns dedicated to a goddess as the 21 hymns for Usha, the dawn-goddess…

  • Origins of the Rice Goddess

    Origins of the Rice Goddess

    The oldest Indian mythology of rice can be found among the Bonda tribal people, who live in Odisha, who are linked to the Munda and Austroasiatic communities who entered India from the Southeast, and brought rice growing technology with them over 4,000 years ago…

  • Surpanakha’s Shambuk

    Surpanakha’s Shambuk

    It’s great fun to read Ramayan by politicians and activists. Right-wing Hindutva folks will go …

  • Shaped By the Rains

    Shaped By the Rains

    Aryans came from lands north of the Himalayas where there was no monsoon rains. They focused on four quarters of the year, based on the solstices, and equinoxes. Balgangadhar Tilak pointed out how Vedic hymns refer to long days without sun. He pointed out how great importance was given to dawn, Ushas, who appeared in…

  • Krishna’s Sister and the Varying Interpretations Of Her Image

    Krishna’s Sister and the Varying Interpretations Of Her Image

    One of the oldest caves (number 27) in Ellora in Maharashtra, has the image of a goddess holding a lotus flower, flanked by two gods…

  • Who are the power-broking landlord monks of Tamil Nadu?

    Who are the power-broking landlord monks of Tamil Nadu?

    Sengol is a staff of royal authority. We can call the symbol of justice in the spirit of wordplay, when a symbol of monarchy is made the symbol of democracy. …

  • How Hinduism Reached Manipur and Remains Entrenched

    How Hinduism Reached Manipur and Remains Entrenched

    Published on 22nd May, 2023, in Times of India. Manipuri dance is a popular classical …

  • Swallowing Gods

    Swallowing Gods

    Published on 21st May, 2023, in Mid-day. In Hindu mythology, during the battle between the …

  • What Is Common Between Gandhi, Draupadi and Chanakya?

    What Is Common Between Gandhi, Draupadi and Chanakya?

    Published on 7th May, 2023, in Mid-day. Gandhi, Draupadi and Chanakya, all stood up to …

  • Indra’s Paradise Is the Indian Paradise

    Indra’s Paradise Is the Indian Paradise

    Published on 30th April, 2023, in Mid-day. Swarga or paradise of the gods, full of …

  • A Serial Killer From Vedic Times

    A Serial Killer From Vedic Times

    Published on 16th April, 2023, in Mid-day. The Jaiminiya Brahmana is the prose section of …

  • Reframing Hindu Gods As Saviour Gods

    Reframing Hindu Gods As Saviour Gods

    Published on 9th April, 2023, in Mid-day. As per Christianity mythology, Jesus was crucified on …

  • Why Puranas Represent a Wider Indian Ethos Than the Vedas

    Why Puranas Represent a Wider Indian Ethos Than the Vedas

    Published on 5th April, 2023, in Times of India. The Puranas are called the fifth …

  • How Was I Conceived?

    How Was I Conceived?

    Published on 2nd April, 2023, in Mid-day. In Ramayan, Sita is ploughed out from the …

  • Indian Mathematics For the Ego

    Indian Mathematics For the Ego

    Published on 19th March, 2023, in Mid-day. To show how time is different for different …

  • Are You a Harappan or Vedic Woman?

    Are You a Harappan or Vedic Woman?

    Published on 5th March, 2023, in Mid-day. Harappan cities thrived between 2500 BCE and 1900 …