Category Archives: Matters of Faith

God’s Own Dish

Along with commemorating our country’s Independence Day, this week also saw many celebrating the festival of “Janamashtmi”…the day observed to honour the birth of Lord Krishna, the playful multi-dimensional figure of our ancient scriptures. One can write reams upon reams … Continue reading

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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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