Ramayana – The Critical edition

Dr. Macdonell was Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University who in 1907 persuaded Chandra Shamsher Rana the PM of Nepal to donate a huge collection of Manuscripts collected from all over India. This is the Chand Shamsher collection at Bodelain library at Oxford. MdcDonell also persuaded Balamukunda Sharma Malaviya penname Karmkandin (an ardent collector) to […]

Shiva Thandava Stotram – शिवताण्डवस्तोत्र

Jai Shiva Shankara जटाटवीगलज्जलप्रवाहपावितस्थले गलेऽवलम्ब्यलम्बितां भुजंगतुंगमालिकाम्‌। डमड्डमड्डमड्डमन्निनादवड्डमर्वयं चकार चंडतांडवं तनोतु नः शिवः शिवम ॥1॥ Jatatavee gala jjala pravaha pavitha sthale, Gale avalabhya lambithaam bhujanga thunga malikaam, Dama ddama dama ddama ninnadava damarvayam, Chakara chanda thandavam thanothu na shiva shivam. जिन शिव जी की सघन जटारूप वन से प्रवाहित हो गंगा जी की धारायं उनके कंठ […]

Ramayana

इदं पवित्रं पापघ्नं पुण्यं वेदैश्च संमितम् | यः पठेद्रामचरितं सर्वपापैः प्रमुच्यते || This Ramayana is holy, sin-eradicating, merit-endowing, and conformable with the teachings of Vedas. Whoever reads this Legend of Rama, will be verily liberated of all sin.. IN Sanatana Dharma, there is two great epics known as Ramayana and Mahabharata. We always loved to […]

Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata

Persian and Indonesian Mahabharata Cases – Part 2 Read Part 1 Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata Indonesian Mahabharata Old Javanese Prose Version When the Sanskrit Mahabharata left our shores and migrated to Indonesia in 8th cen AD, it found versions of Mahabharata extant and available for a long time, going back to beginning of trade relationships […]

The Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 2

Koshas and Masters of the Universe and Pitamaha Brahma Read Part 1 – The Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 1 So back to Moon the Lokapati. Here too, let me plant another thought in your minds. Grahas are to astrology and Lokas are to Astronomy (Read – What is (Not) a Planet? – Grahas vs […]

The Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 1

Chandras, Somas and Koshas The Riksharaja or Rikhspati et all is a very important concept and appears in very crucial places in both our Epics. This question was asked earlier but as the answer developed, several other serendipitous and related queries came along and thus, the answer was expanded to include them all. In Puranas, […]

Rama Neeti

रामो राजमणि: सदा विजयते रामं रमेशं भजे रामेणाभिहता निशाचरचमू रामाय तस्मै नम: रामान्नास्ति परायणं परतरं रामस्य दासोस्म्यहम् रामे चित्तलय: सदा भवतु मे भो राम मामुद्धर || रामरक्षा स्तोत्र Rama, the jewel among the kings, Him I worship, by Him the hordes demons have been destroyed, to him is said my prayer, beyond Him there is […]

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 […]