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FORTS OF INDIA(Allahabad)

ALLAHABAD, earlier known as the Prayag, at the confluence of the great rivers Ganga and Jamuna and the mythological Saraswati, has since times immemorial enjoyed the reputation of a holy place to which masses from all over the country flock at the time of Kumbha, an event that takes place after every twelve years. They come to pay homage to their deities and to meet the Sanyasins and others and derive solace from whatever their miseries and sorrows be. Know More

FORTS OF INDIA(Bidar)

LEGEND has it that Bidar is the short form of Viduranagar, an ancient city named after Vidura, the legendary figure of Mahabharata. Archeological finds have revealed that Bidar, situated 740 km north of Bangalore, is located at a site where in the 10th century there existed a fort. Know More

KATHAK

In any discussion ofKathak as a major dance-form, several questions arise, since the style evolved gradually duringthe course ofseveral centuries, imbibing diverse influences. There are some primary questions concerning this art form; what is its chronological place in relation to other styles; does it share the Hindu myth and legend of the other dance forms; did it originate in the Moghul Coruts. Know More

FORTS OF INDIA (Vijayanagar)

THE Raja of Anagundi gave shelter to a fugitive who happened to be a nophew of Mohammad bin Tughluq. The Sultan came in hot pursuit of his nephew and in a fight slew both the nephew and the Raja and appointed a governor. The latter, however, could not cope with the situation and had to be removed. Know More

Upanayana

The upanayana of a boy is performed when he is old enough to understand things and chant the mantras.When he starts learning at the age of five he will have a basic knowledge of Sanskrit by the time he is eight years old, the age fixed for the upanayana samskara. The world will stand to gain if eight-year-old children wear the sacred thread, have sufficient knowledge of Sanskrit and chant the Gayatri mantra. Know More

FORTS OF INDIA(Ahmedabad)

A NOBLE city in a high state of prosperity which for the pleasantries of its climate and the display of the choice of production of the whole globe is almost unrivalled.Abul Fazel. Know More

FORTS OF INDIA( Champaner)

HE fortress of Champanir set on a formidable deeply scrapped rock 25 miles from Baroda derives its name from its founder. Jamb or Champa the brilliant and gallant minister of King Wun Raj of Chowra dynasty that ruled in the eighth century. The fortress is also known as Pawan garh or Pavagarh The Castle of Winds pawan meaning wind which continuously blew and blasted it. Know More

Forts of Gujarat

DURING the Rajput period adequate attention was given to fortification’ Forts were called by different names depending on their location etc, e.g. Sivir, Vahinimukha, Sthariya, Samviddha, Kolaka, Nigama and Sikandhatva. Forts were of various types, e.g. Vanadurga, Salilidurga, Parighadurga, Pankjadurga, Dhanrvadurga, Sahayadurga, Sainyadurga. Some basic rules about construction of forts were laid. In shape they could be circular, square, rectangular; they were to be surrounded by moats, enclosing walls and ramparts, furnished with gates, circumambulating flights of steps and secret staircases in the interior. Know More

Three Types of Worlds

We speak of three worlds: devaloka (world of the celestials),manusyaloka (this world of ours), and naraka (hell). The first has nothing but pleasure; in the second it is a mixture of happiness and sorrow; and in the third there is nothing but pain and sorrow. Know More

FORT OF RAJASTHAN( Bikaner)

RAO BIKA, the founder of the Rathore principality of Bikaner in Rajasthan, built the fort in 1485 and the city three years later in 1488. According to Tod, a Jit who had the hereditary right on the spot selected by Bika for his capital, said that he would concede it only if his name was associated in perpetuity with the fort. Naira or Nera was the name of the proprietor, which Bika added to his own : thus the name became Bikaner (Bika + Ner). Know More

Sthala Puranas

Even those who respect the Puranas are not prepared to accept that the Sthala Puranas, that is the short Puranas pertaining to particular places,are authentic. If educated people think the [major] Puranas to be nothing but lies, they go so far as to treat the Sthala Puranas as nothing better than rubbish. Know More

The Epics and their Greatness

If the Puranas are described as constituting an Upanga of the Vedas, the itihasas(the epics) are so highly thought of as to be placed on an equal footing with the Vedas. The Mahabharata is indeed called the fifth Veda pancamo Vedah Of the Ramayana it is said: As the Supreme Being,who is so exalted as to be known by the Vedas, was born the son ofDasaratha. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(Meghdoot)

The king of the Yakshas was called Kubera. Alakapuri was the capital of his kingdom. It was situated in the Himalays. This incident took place long, long ago. One of the Yakshas was entrusted with the duty of bringing flowers to the king every morning. He was easy-going and fond of his wife. One day he chatted with his wife late into the night. Next morning he got up late. As a result, he was late in taking flowers to Kubera. Know More

Itihasas and Puranas

For the learned and the unlettered alike in our country the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have for centuries been like their two eyes, pointing to them the path of dharma. The two poetic works are not included among the Puranas and are accorded a special place as "itihasas". "Pura " means "in the past". That which gives an account of what happened in the past is a "Purana", even though it may contain predictions about the future also. The term can also mean what was composed in the past Know More

THE GREAT ANCIENT EMPIRES

Alexander’s campaign probably made an indirect impact on the further political development of India. Not much is known about the antecedents of Chandragupta Maurya, but it is said that he began his military career by fighting against the outposts which Alexander had left along the river Indus. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(The Test of Greatness)

Among the many learned men in the court of Raja Bhoj, Kalidas enjoyed a unique position. He was held in high esteem by the Raja who placed complete confidence in him. This was a cause of heart-burning among other courtiers who thought Kalidas received undeserved honour and praise from the Raja. Know More

NINE PLANETS TEMPLE AT KONARK

The nine grahas were placed over doorways of temples to ward off evil influences. At Konark the planets appear in their fully developed iconography. The Navagraha slab which was originally placed over the eastern doorway ofthe jagamohana is now kept in a separate shed erected by the Archaeological Department. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(Kalidas as a Prisoner)

Kalidas was a select courtier at the court of Raja Bhoj. He was highly respected by the Raja who thought himself lucky to have such a wise, learned and renowned poet and musician in his court. None could equal Kalidas in wit and wisdom. Know More

THE GREAT ANCIENT EMPIRES

The extension of the Vedic culture into the central and eastern Gangetic plains was as important for the further course of Indian history as the period of their early settlement in the Panjab and in the Ganga-Yamuna Doab. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(Kalidas and the Ass)

Raja Bhoj and Kalidas liked each other very much and their friendship grew into a close personal relationship. They often engaged themselves in a battle of wits in which the Raja was invariably the loser. Raja Bhoj often thought of novel schemes to humble Kalidas but the latter was always one up. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(The Last Words of Kalidas)

After many months of his departure from Dharanagri, Kalidas stepped on the soil of Ceylon. He was struck by the grandeur which met his eyes. It was dusk when he landed there. The sound of soft music floated through the air. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(How Classics were Born)

Night had fallen on the city of Kashi. People were fast asleep in their homes, but Princess Vidyottama was tossing about in her bed. She could not sleep. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(The Princess of Bengal)

During those days King Vikram ruled Bengal. He had a beautiful daughter called Padmini. Princess Padmini and Vidyasagar the Kings Prime Ministers son were fast friends. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(The Princess of Kashi)

In ancient India, people aspired to achieve cultural refinement through learning. Sanskrit was the lingua franca and mastery of the language was considered a great achievement, sign of culture and an attribute of nobility. Know More

MYTHOLOGY AND THE SANCTITY OF KONARK

The name Konark as the name ofthe place seems to have been derived from the presiding deity Konark which means theSun god of the comer Arka denotes Surya and Kona mean corner. Hence Konark means the Corner Sun . In the Gangainscriptions the place is mentioned as Konakona. Know More

Impact of Siksa Sastra (Hindu Dharma)

In the foregoing we noticed that certain Vedic syllables had a special association with certain regions and that these were absorbed in the languages spoken there. We also learned from this that the Vedas flourished in all countries. There was never a period in Tamil Nadu, the land we know intimately when Vedic dharma was not practised there. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(Wanderings)

After giving up his kingdom, Kalidas wandered from place to place in search of Parvati. He had no fixed abode and was indifferent to worldly desires. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(The Royal Bride)

Wandering from place to place, Kalidas arrived at the court of King Vikramaditya. The Raja had heard about Kalidas and was glad to receive the poet of great fame in his court. Know More

The Story of Kalidas(Childhood)

Dharmanand and his wife were happy at the birth of Kalidas. Four years passed joyfully and Dharmanand had forgotten his dreadful dream. Know More

Devanagari Script-Lipi (Hindu Dharma)

The evolution of the script of any language must be based on symbols or signs denoting various units of its speech (phonemes). Most of the European languages including English are written in the Roman script. There is a script called Brahmi and the Asokan edicts are in it. In fact it is from Brahmi that the scripts of most Indian languages have evolved and these include not only the Devanagari script in which Sanskrit is written but also the Tamil and Grantha scripts. Know More

Greatness of the Vedas (Hindu Dharma)

The glory of the Vedas knows no bounds and it is manifested in the affairs of the world in a manner that defies comparison.Of all the sacred places on arth Kasi comes foremost. When we speak in praise of other hallowed centres, we say that they are equal to Kasi in holiness. From this we know the importance of that city. Know More

Those who conduct Sacrifces(Hindu Dharma)

One who performs a yajna or sacrifice spending on the material and dakshina is called a "yajamana". "Yaj" (as we seen already) means to worship. The root meaning of "yajamana" is one who performs a sacrifice. In Tamil Nadu nowadays we refer to a "mudalali" as yajaman. It is the mudalali who pays the wages. So it is that we have given him the same place as the yajamana who pays dakshina in sacrifices. Know More

The Purpose of Sacrifices (Hindu Dharma )

Why is it that religion alone has the rites called yajnas or sacrifices? If a crop grows in surplus in our place we trade it with what is available in plenty in another and is not produced in our own. The carpenter, the blacksmith and other artisans make useful articles and serve us in many ways. Know More

Meditation guide for spiritual living

Meditation is a technique that we can use at any time and place to quieten the mind and restore peace and harmony within ourselves. By relaxing our mind through meditation, we can clear the chatter for a time and experience a renewed sense of energy. However, many people who begin a meditation routine prefer to integrate spiritual aspects into their meditation practices. For these people, spiritual meditation is a wonderful way to strengthen the connection between the human mind and divine wisdom. The following are some benefits of meditation: Know More

Places to Locate Vegan Foods

Trying to change your entire dietary habits might sound a bit frightening but for most people it is not that scary. What is really scary is trying to determine which foods are acceptable to eat and which are prohibited. Working through these issues also tends to bring up the questions about where you can even find proper vegan foods as well. Know More

Eating Out While Vegan

While most people are fully aware that becoming a Vegan will require a large amount of dedication on their part there are many others who believe that there are no opportunities for them to eat out as a vegan. In reality this might seem true at first glance, but upon a deeper look, it is typically untrue that you will be unable to eat out. Know More

The Basic Texts of Hinduism: Our Ignorance of Them (Hindu Dharma)

There are books aplenty in the world dealing with a vast variety of subjects. The adherents of each religion single out one book for special veneration, believing that it shows them the way to salvation. The followers of some faiths even build temples in honour of their holy scriptures Know More

The Rig Veda Part 3

The Rigveda is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is one of the four sacred canonical texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas. The Rigveda is the oldest known Vedic Sanskrit text. Its early layers are one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. Know More

Where Does Your Spiritual Life Need Help

A strong spiritual life entails several facets of a single entity. Being spiritually balanced and fulfilled is when each piece of life’s puzzle in firmly in place, understood and happily accepted. Know More

The Rig Veda Part 2

The Rigveda is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns. It is one of the four sacred canonical texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas. The Rigveda is the oldest known Vedic Sanskrit text. Its early layers are one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language. Know More

What is Varna Dharma?

n the old days the kitchen fireplace was fuelled with dried wood, cow dung and so on. On rainy days it was difficult to light it. But if only a few sparks were produced they could be fanned into a flame so as to set the wood or cow dung on fire. Our sanatana dharma has not entirely perished. A few sparks of it are present in the life of a small number of great men still living in our midst. It is my ardent wish to keep blowing on them with a view to propagating our ancient religion in its true character. Know More

Garden Friends

As human sickness might frequently be precluded by sanitary conditions, so pests might be kept away by rigorous garden cleanliness. Batches of waste are housing for the multiplying of insects. I don't think a compost heap is included but unkempt, uncared-for places appear to invite hassles. Know More

MAGIC AND SACRIFICE ( Hindu Ethic)

In the literature that ytands nearest to the we are brought face to face with a world of thought in which there is little place for ethical conceptions. Magical and sacrificial ideas obscure almost everything else. Know More

Personality Development at the Stage of Childhood

The main factor that pressure or bring about personality development is in place and very much functional when the babies is still in the mother’s womb, however the doctors oppose to this. The people who do psychiatry have come up with their own theories which state that the personality of a human being grows in particular progressive period the minute we are born. Know More

Tips on Goal Setting

In order to achieve your goals, visualize your dreams and goals. Know More

The Importance of Conflict Resolution that Validates the Other Person’s Perspective

Most people approach differences of opinions with other people attempting to defend their point of view. Our intention may be to defend our personal position, but most people view our defensive stance as attacking their viewpoint. Know More

The Importance of Active Listening

Do you find yourself misunderstanding what your spouse or work colleague say to you? Do you find yourself questioning your responses to them? Most people hear others speaking to them, but most of the time our interactions are not focused and we may listen to people speak, without truly hearing what they want to say to us. Know More

Maintaining Your Casual Relationships

People often meet in the most weird places on earth and end up being so close and having this tight bond thus forming a relationship right Say two people bump into each other on the streets and they become tight friends or they meet up in school and grow fond of each other and a relationship is born. Know More

The World Is Moved More by Spirituality than by Men

There is no doubt that what is abiding, universal and impersonal has a greater appeal to man than what is fleeting, limited and personal. Spirituality, being such, has more appeal to humanity than men do. This is true in all aspects of human existence as it is in the knowledge man has gained. However, great a man may be, he has his limitations. Know More

Breath Control

The technique can be practiced when you first wake up in the morning as it enhances the overall outlook of things. The exercise is abdominal intensive and will help to shake off the old energy you have upon waking while warming up the mind. Progressive Relaxation This technique is used to relieve tension in the body. It should be focused on tensing and relaxing the muscles. Start off focusing on tensing and relaxing your feet and toes, moving upwards to the knees, thighs, and other parts of the body. This technique can be done anywhere you feel comfortable. Guided Visualization This technique should be practiced with a therapist or coach. You begin the method by breathing deeply as you focus on images that are positive and pleasant. These should be used to replace negative thoughts. Guided visualization isn't just for realizing mindfulness; it also helps with putting you into the right state of mind. You can carry out this exercise anywhere, as long as you are able to close your eyes and let go. You should already have some basic meditation knowledge before trying this technique. Know More

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