Mythology For The Millennial: On the elaborate adventures of Indian Cupid Kamadeva, and his enterprising wife, Rati
Since we are so conveniently placed between Valentine's Day and Holi, it would be a good time to talk about Kamadeva, the Indian Cupid, god of love and desire, or his enterprising wife, the goddess Rati, who also rules over sex and sexy feelings, but like many happy marriages, her story is entangled deeply with his.
Mythology for the Millennial: From feisty goddess to earthly river, navigating the rich lore of Ganga
Ganga came into our universe thanks to that little meddler, Vamana, who we last saw torturing Mahabali and making him give up his entire kingdom and die because the gods couldn't handle his success. While the Vamana was counting his steps across the sky, his toenail poked the edge of the world and a hole appeared in the universe, causing a divine ocean to flow out and become Ganga as soon as it reached our atmosphere. The river, not yet a person, stays in heaven until an enterprising guy called Bhagirath asks for it — now her — to come down to earth and wash away people's sins and what not.
'Ram Setu was built by Indian engineers, astonishes world even today,' HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tells IIT students
Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has claimed that Ram Setu was built by Indian engineers and it continues to astonish the world till date.
In Ahalya's Awakening, Kavita Kané questions the penalty for infidelity, and its significance in Indian mythology
Ahalya's Awakening, as the author notes, traces the paradox of its eponymous protagonist, who is "deemed promiscuous", and yet, is seen as a symbol of chastity.
New book on Lepakshi temple discusses its architecture and origin that lies between history, mythology
A new book, Lepakshi: Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, by Anna L Dallapiccola, Brigitte Khan Majlis, and George Michell with John M Fritz, explores the history and artistic features of the structure that's hidden away in a remote part of the state.
In an interview with Firstpost, Amish Tripathi talks about the liberal nature of ancient tradition, clarifies misconceptions and discusses the function of philosophy and stories
Mythology for the Millennial: On Devyani, a sage's daughter, and Kacha, an undying man who would not commit
This is the story of one emotional f*ckwit, all the way back in ancient India, when the world was divided into devas, the gods, and the asuras, the demons.
Mythology for the Millennial: Narada may be a trickster, but he deserved better than a life of illusions
While the Norsemen have Loki as their trickster, Hindu mythology has its very own Narada, not a god, but a sage hobnobbing with the who's who of the divine world.
Devdutt Pattanaik on his new book Faith: 'Myths are a necessary part of the human condition, not just ancient times'
In his latest book Faith, Devdutt Pattanaik attempts to meticulously explain the various aspects of Hinduism that might baffle the modern practitioner, even the most seemingly irrelevant ones
Mythology for the Millennial: From vetalas to chudails, terrifying supernatural creatures abound in Indian lore
I love a good scary story — and I think this is universal, because mythology is full of random supernatural beings who are legit terrifying. I took a closer look at some of the more spooky ones, because apparently, I'm a sucker for punishment and now I might never sleep again. Here's my list of the most horrific creatures in Hinduism:
Mythology for the Millennial: This Holi, it's time to re-examine the story of the seemingly villainous Holika
The myths around Holi have a lot more to do with hubris than with evil women, and yet the festival is named after a wicked aunt whose only crime was to help her brother get what he wanted.
Mythology for the Millennial: The image of 'angry Hanuman' does a disservice to his vast and varied mythology
You can't divorce Hanuman's simian nature from his godliness. In fact, the very thing that makes him such a perfect ally to Ram in the Ramayana is his monkeyness; his long tail, his ability to leap great distances.
Firstpost Editor's picks: Vijay Mallya's extradition, corruption in MP farm loan waiver, Chelsea's struggles; today's top stories
Vijay Mallya pinning his hopes on UK Appeals court'; Congress' loan waiver scheme is giving farmers sleepless nights; Chelsea's systemic faults resurfacing against Manchester City; other top stories
Mythology for the Millennial: The rise and fall of Sarama, dog of the gods, or why you should feed your neighbourhood stray
Sarama rose to fame when a gang of robbers called the Panis, stole Indra's cow herd, and she helped him get them back.
Her character was shaped on the anvil of dharma by kings and rishis, executed by lesser men, honed by desire, and cheated by her own
Mythology for the Millennial: Anasuya's story deserves to be told, not forgotten in the margins of myths
Anasuya is one of the Chaste Women of Hindu mythology — so pious, she became kind of magical in her own right.
The story of Amba and her two sisters is one of the most interesting ones in the Mahabharata, and is retold in The One Who Had Two Lives
It's really all because of Shurpanakha that the Ramayana even became an interesting story, if you think about it
Mythology for the Millennial: Soma, the moon god, and why you should raise a glass to him next time you're drinking
Soma was Hinduism's Bacchus, our Amy Winehouse: they tried to make him go to rehab, he said no, no, no and eventually was shunted out of his duties as the god of all intoxicants, to become the god of the moon instead — a gig no one else wanted.
Brahma created Death, who was so unhappy with her job description, she wept and begged, and stood in water for thousands of years and top of one toe on top of a mountain for millions, but he would not budge. That's Brahma: getting other people to do his dirty work since time began.