Category Archives: Matters of Faith

Tales From An Ancient City ~ III

(This concluding piece on the Allahabad-story is an exploration of what makes Sangam special~) Rituals of riverside bathing find mention in almost all our ancient texts and scriptures. From our parents, specially my father and mother-in-law who had spent much … Continue reading

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Some Lotus Tales

Week: Aug 11 to Aug 17 Love came to Flora asking for a flower That would of flowers be undisputed queen, The lily and the rose, long, long had been Rivals for that high honour. Bards of power Had sung … Continue reading

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# Day 363 (The ‘science’ behind some common temple-rituals…)

There is a sequence of actions to be done during a temple visit, practices which we have imbibed through observation and association since childhood. Frankly i had never given a thought to the reasons behind some of the actions that … Continue reading

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# Day 362 (Of temples and their significance)

When we were children the major tourism activity people would indulge in was what is referred to today as ‘faith tourism’ ~ pilgrimage to various temple sites around the country. A recurring doubt that troubled us was why were most … Continue reading

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# Day 355 (The “Dashavatar” mythology)

In the Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says~ यदा यदा हि धर्मस्यग्लानिर्भवति भारत: । अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥ yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham (To translate…whenever and wherever there is a decline in the practice … Continue reading

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# Day 354 (A tale of Evolution)

A family elder had once remarked, “There’s a tale for almost everything under the sun in our mythology.” That is not a far-fetched claim but quite true. For every ritual, custom or even some universal fact, you’ll find an explanation … Continue reading

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# Day 346 (All about the ‘golden day’)

In the tradition of appointing days for “celebrating” (read new ways for spending money!!) this week has seen umpteen advertisements for “best gift-ideas for your mom” and “offers for buying gold this Akshay Tritiya”. Every inbox of mine is full … Continue reading

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