Why Always 18 Akshauhini?

Why Eighteen Akshauhinis? Eighteen is a very special numeral in Sanskrit. You have to understand our ancient mathematics a little.Ancient Indians were obsessed with mathematics and accuracy. Proper rituals should be conducted at perfectly auspicious time and exact time. We were obsessed with Astrology and that gave rise to science of Astronomy. In the most […]

Dancing the Self – Pandav Leela ~ An Intro

Garwhal Mahabharata and worship of Duryodhana In 1970s, aptly named William Sax got a scholarship to study Pandava legends in the hills and dales of Garhwal. In 1978, he returned with a great book on the Pandava leela (a nine day festival celebrated in Garwhal hills), bitten by the bug, he returned again and again […]

Overview of 18 Upanisads

Source: From S. Radhakrishnan – The Principal Upanisads Aitareya Upanisad   The Aitareya Upanisad belongs to the Rig Veda and the Upanisad proper consists of three chapters. This is part of the part of the Aitareya Aranyaka, and the Upanisad begins with the Fourth chapter of the second Aranyaka, and comprises Chapter IV, V and […]

18 PURANAS

(Verse numbers and most important subject matters for devotees)    LORD VISNU (Predominating Deity)   1)  Visnu Purana – 23,000 verses. Stories of various devotees; A description of varnasrama; The six angas of the Veda; A description of the age of Kali; It describes the Sveta Varaha Kalpa, Visnu dharmotara;   2)  Naradiya Purana – […]

Who is Shree Krishna?

I bow down to Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-Narayana Rishi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, and unto Vyasadeva, the son of Satyavati. jihvam labdhvapi yah krishnam      kirtaniyam na kirtayet labdhvapi moksha-nishrenim      sa narohati durmatih A person who has a tongue but does not glorify […]

सूर्य नारायण – अन्नदाता

छठ के पावन पर्व की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ ! क्यों छठ पर्व में भगवान सूर्य की पूजा की जाती है? सृष्टि के प्रारम्भकाल में जब प्राणी भूख से अत्यन्त व्याकुल हो रहे थे, तब भगवान सूर्य ने पिता की भाँति उन सब पर दया करके उत्तरायण में जाकर अपनी किरणों से पृथ्वी का रस ( जल […]

Maharathi Karna

Few characters in ancient literature have been painted with such consummate skill and insight into human nature as Maharathi Karna, a character which in the past has never been properly understood — has in fact been consistently misunderstood — though the epic has furnished us with details of his life with remarkable fullness, candor and […]

Rama and Yudhishthira on the same Path

Prelude Sources: Valmiki Ramayana and Mahabharata ⇒Translated by Desiraju Hanumanta Rao & K. M. K. Murthy and KMG + Bibek Debroy As Krishna said to Yudhisthira in the Vana Parva; धर्मः परः पाण्डव राज्यलाभा; त्तस्यार्थमाहुस्तप एव राजन् | सत्यार्जवाभ्यां चरता स्वधर्मं; जितस्तवायं च परश्च लोकः ||१६|| “O Pandava! Dharma is superior to winning the kingdom. O king! It is […]