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Vaishnava

  • Tirupati: Playing dice with a god in debt

    Tirupati: Playing dice with a god in debt

    Debt or rina is a key concept in Hinduism… life is about ‘giving’ not about ‘taking’. Giving reduces debt and liberates us. Taking binds us to the world…

  • Worshipping the womb

    Worshipping the womb

    At a time when any public discussion of genitalia evokes shame, goddess Kamakhya celebrates a woman’s fertility and desire…

  • A ritual cleansing

    A ritual cleansing

    Notions of reform are often based on ‘assumptions of deformity’, which are dependent on ‘assumptions of normality’…

  • Divine domestic discords

    Divine domestic discords

    The malaise of modern scholarship on Hinduism often comes from the assumption that Hindu sacred texts, like Bible and Koran, are instructive and seek to ‘reform’ humans…

  • Did Shabari actually feed Ram ‘tasted’ berries?

    Did Shabari actually feed Ram ‘tasted’ berries?

    The idea probably came from 15th century Odia poet Balaram Das, who challenged Brahmanical orthodoxy in his writings…

  • Two endings of the Gita

    Two endings of the Gita

    Krishna’s conclusion is rather psychological. Sanjaya’s conclusion is very material…

  • No fish for Gauri this year?

    No fish for Gauri this year?

    Myriad oral explanations indicate that the ritual is locally rooted and organic to the community; a ceremonial household expression of emotion, not based on any particular scriptural injunction…

  • Gazing at a dying god

    Gazing at a dying god

    In the run-up to Rath Yatra, a magical night spent inside the Jagannath temple…

  • The tantrik sow-Goddess

    The tantrik sow-Goddess

    Varahi is a goddess described as having the head of a sow and pendulous breasts and pot belly and anywhere from two to six arms bearing many weapons, which includes a trident, a noose, a mace, a discus, who sometimes holds a child in her arms, and is often shown riding a buffalo…

  • The wives of Krishna

    The wives of Krishna

    Krishna’s polygamous nature is designed to stand in stark contrast to Ram’s monogamous nature. He is romantic rake, who breaks hearts while Ram is the faithful husband, who is always distant…

  • Knights in saffron armour

    Knights in saffron armour

    The unique feature of Hinduism is its diversity and fluidity…

  • In a Traditional Relationship With Shiny Surfaces

    In a Traditional Relationship With Shiny Surfaces

    The greatest tragedy in the world is not to be able to see oneself…

  • The story of Ram’s elder sister

    The story of Ram’s elder sister

    In keeping with the times where we want to celebrate our girl children too…

  • Sridevi Versus Vakdevi

    Sridevi Versus Vakdevi

    Wealth;knowledge;speech;language;what is more valued,what isnt ?…

  • From Kali to Krishna :  A love song

    From Kali to Krishna : A love song

    Shiva.Kali.Radha.Krishna. Radha.Shiva.Kali.Krishna…

  • Elder Brother of God

    Elder Brother of God

    Two brothers-yet so vastly different…

  • A milkmaid called Radha

    A milkmaid called Radha

    Not all temples of Krishna feature Radha…

  • The Context of the Mahabharata

    The Context of the Mahabharata

    To understand the Mahabharata we have to appreciate the Ramayana and to appreciate both we need to appreciate the Vedas…