An Ode to Ancient Pundits: Sundials

Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the Sun God Surya. The temple was considered as a chariot for the Sun God, who is often seen in pictures riding a chariot led by seven horses or one horse with seven heads. The entire temple is in the form of a gorgeously-decorated chariot…

JORONDA GADHI: MAHIMA DHARMA

It was an impromptu trip to Joronda Gadhi, Dhenkanal . A drive of almost 75 kms from Bhubaneswar to Joronda ,this temple introduced me to a completely different cult of Hinduism.Maha mel in Joronda, hustling and bustling with devotees, localities and sellers,this place was different.   Joranda Gadhi is a temple built in a location where…

MINI SPLENDOUR:64 YOGINI TEMPLE,HIRAPUR

             THE MINI SPLENDOUR:64 YOGINI TEMPLE, HIRAPUR The 64 Yogini temples in Orissa provide a glimpse into the religious occult practices from the medieval times that are still alive in Orissa’s tribal traditions and folklore. Built during the 9th century to harness the supernatural powers, only four of the architecturally distinct 64 Yogini Shrines survive…

Towards Light

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय । तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Nostalgic moment for me every time I hear these verses..my school prayer for almost 12 years..the Om reverberates spirituality.. Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya | Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya | Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||  (O Lord) Keep me not in the Darkness (of Ignorance), but lead me towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),  (O Lord) Keep…

Elephant…the divine mystery

Hindus have worshiped the elephants for many centuries. When Hindus worship the elephant, it is not the animal itself that they are worshipping, but rather, what it represents – obedience to the dharma (the master’s call), ability not to repeat past mistakes, and respect and care towards their peers. A perfect disciple acts like an…