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Mahabharata

  • Who is a good Hindu father?

    Who is a good Hindu father?

    Published on 23rd June, 2019, in Mumbai Mirror Indians are obsessed with their mothers. An …

  • The non-violent Ram: Stories from the Jain tradition – and how they differ from the Hindu canon

    The non-violent Ram: Stories from the Jain tradition – and how they differ from the Hindu canon

    Published on 12th May, 2019, in Mumbai Mirror Followers of Hindutva believe that Jainism is …

  • The metaphor of the forest

    The metaphor of the forest

    Published on 21st April, 2019, in Mid-day. To understand Hindu mythology, it is critical to …

  • Dharma is not a game of thrones

    Dharma is not a game of thrones

    We live in times where politicians talk of Ram and Ram-rajya, but take no lessons on what raj-dharma meant to Ram and his Ikshavaku clan. They refuse to take responsibility for failures of their own governance…

  • Beyond justice and forgiveness

    Beyond justice and forgiveness

    Published on 3rd March, 2019, in Mumbai Mirror. The two ideas may shape our understanding …

  • So many different Indras

    So many different Indras

    Published on 16th February, 2019, in Mid-day. When we speak of Indra, we must keep in mind that the scriptures refer to six different types of Indra, belonging to different periods of history…

  • Who is a Hindu? The Curious Case of Brahmins

    Who is a Hindu? The Curious Case of Brahmins

    Published on 17th February, 2019 in Mumbai Mirror. In Hindu scriptures, killing a Brahmin is deemed the worst of sins. It is called Brahma-hatyapaap. And he who kills a Brahmin is considered the greatest sinner…

  • The march of Yudhishthira’s horse

    The march of Yudhishthira’s horse

    This is not just a conquest by a victorious king, but also an attempt to reconcile with former enemies…

  • Bypassing the womb

    Bypassing the womb

    In Puranic literature, we come across the concept of ayonija, someone who is not born from the womb, and consequently, is able to bypass or rise above the cycle of birth and death…

  • Who is a Hindu? The forest of sacred stories

    Who is a Hindu? The forest of sacred stories

    Puranas introduce us to the classical Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and their spouses — goddesses Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati…

  • Who is a Hindu? Why do intellectuals scorn Hindu deities?

    Who is a Hindu? Why do intellectuals scorn Hindu deities?

    Hindus as it doesn’t comply with their preconceived notions of what god and religion should be…

  • Misreading Gita As Motivation

    Misreading Gita As Motivation

    The Bhagavad Gita is a philosophy being presented in the middle of a battleground…

  • Othering the Asuras

    Othering the Asuras

    Published on 8th July, 2018, in Mid-day. In Hindu mythological stories narrated in the Puranas, …

  • The spread of Hinduism

    The spread of Hinduism

    By the time the Upanishads were composed, 2,500 years ago, there was a familiarity with the Gangetic Plain…

  • The five holy men

    The five holy men

    They are often represented by the palm of the hand, mounted on a mound…

  • The Gita without the Mahabharata

    The Gita without the Mahabharata

    However, when we remove the Gita from the Mahabharata we miss out on the context. And so, miss out much of the learnings…

  • Beware the deer hunt

    Beware the deer hunt

    Overconfident hunters in the two epics trigger a crisis…

  • Shunning the feminine

    Shunning the feminine

    How many of us know that the Indian Parliament’s circular shape was inspired by a Yogini temple? How many of us have been told the story from the Mahabharata of Sulabha … (or) the story from Yoga Vasishtha of Chudala?…