spirituality

Temple art in India: Masterpieces of art turn into taboos

Temple art in India: Masterpieces of art turn into taboos

August 3, 2021

If taboo in modern Indian society were to be defined in one word, then there is no better candidate than sex, a hush-hush topic discussed only behind closed doors. As parts of the world push the envelope of liberalism, India is turning increasingly conservative. Traditional India...

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Interview: Rajendra Shende, chairman, Terre Policy Centre, member of governing body of World Peace University, Pune

Interview: Rajendra Shende, chairman, Terre Policy Centre, member of governing body of World Peace University, Pune

February 2, 2020

Hailing from a spiritual family, living in a small village in Maharashtra, but equipped with an engineering degree from a reputed college, professor Vishwanath Karad, a leading educationist, has integrated spirituality, science and sustainability with the object of promoting inte...

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The mysterious temple of rats in Rajasthan

The mysterious temple of rats in Rajasthan

February 28, 2019

Bikaner offers notable cultural sites and religious landmarks within the city and on the outskirts. One such fascinating site is the Karni Mata Temple located just about 30kms away from Bikaner, in the north Indian state of Rajasthan that attracts thousands of pilgrims from acros...

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The holy gathering at the Ardh Kumbh Mela

The holy gathering at the Ardh Kumbh Mela

February 9, 2019

The sea of humanity, saffron flags, millions of pilgrims, the smell of the smoke from the holy fires, people with deep religious and ritualistic belief experiencing the power of devotion which turns the very water into amrit –the holy water of immortality.

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The land of frescoes: Shekhawati in Rajasthan

The land of frescoes: Shekhawati in Rajasthan

May 17, 2018

The north Indian state of Rajasthan used to be the the land of kings and the pride of Rajputs and Marathas, which is why the state is adorned with palaces and forts hosting a wide variety of architectural styles.

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Tales from Tibet

Tales from Tibet

March 20, 2018

An essence of the cultural journey of Tibetans settled in Himachal Pradesh, a state in north India, is seen through their ritualistic and everyday lifestyle, choices of clothing and accessories.   Your eyes wander over golden roofs shining in the sun and intricate paint stro...

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Urs – The Spirit of Devotion at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia

Urs – The Spirit of Devotion at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia

January 6, 2018

The festive season of Diwali, Christmas and New Year is followed by the festival of Urs, which memorialises the death anniversary of Sufi (a sect of Islam) saints by celebrating their lives. Located in the Indian capital New Delhi, the Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin is considered one o...

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Mayapur Escapade

Mayapur Escapade

August 9, 2017

A spiritual escapade to Mayapur amidst loud Kirtans (a form of devotional folk music) and keeping the beautiful campus of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in the backdrop is pleasant as well as pocket-friendly...

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Gangasagar Yatra: An annual Hindu pilgrimage in India

Gangasagar Yatra: An annual Hindu pilgrimage in India

January 20, 2017

Every year, millions of Hindus from India and beyond undertake an arduous journey to an island of West Bengal to take a dip in the holy Ganges, where it meets the Bay of Bengal, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

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Leonard Cohen – the poet, the fedora, the baritone

Leonard Cohen – the poet, the fedora, the baritone

November 11, 2016

Music transcends all borders and the melancholy that has set in among music lovers worldwide proves the colossal void left by the demise of singer, songwriter Leonard Cohen.

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Women in India celebrate Karva Chauth

Women in India celebrate Karva Chauth

October 19, 2016

A look into the festival of Karva Chauth, as parts of the country gear up to celebrate it tonight. Changing times means revisiting and scrutinizing the relevance of such customs.

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Great Indian artist and France lover S.H. Raza passes away at 94

Great Indian artist and France lover S.H. Raza passes away at 94

July 26, 2016

Syed Haider Raza or S.H. Raza, a prominent Indian artist who co-founded the Indian Progressive Artists Movement in the late 1940s to early 1950s, passed away at the age of 94. On 23rd July, he took his last breath in India after having lived in France for over six decades.

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