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Mythology for the Millennial: From Shurpanakha to Mahishi, angry women make for better stories
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Mythology for the Millennial: From Shurpanakha to Mahishi, angry women make for better stories

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
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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.

Mythology for the Millennial: Humanity's flaws make sense, when you consider Brahma was its creator
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Mythology for the Millennial: Humanity's flaws make sense, when you consider Brahma was its creator

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.

Diwali card parties' origins in Hindu mythology: How Shiva-Parvati's gambling game prompted a festive tradition
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Diwali card parties' origins in Hindu mythology: How Shiva-Parvati's gambling game prompted a festive tradition

It's the one legend that actually sanctions playing cards with your family over Diwali, because hey, if the gods can do it, you can too

On Diwali, understanding the nature of wealth through the mythology connected with goddess Lakshmi
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On Diwali, understanding the nature of wealth through the mythology connected with goddess Lakshmi

As the goddess associated with the perhaps the biggest Indian festival — Diwali — this seems a timely moment to deepen our understanding of Lakshmi, and all that she represents.

After Laila Majnu, Imtiaz Ali to write, direct film based on the love story of Radha-Krishna
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After Laila Majnu, Imtiaz Ali to write, direct film based on the love story of Radha-Krishna

Imtiaz Ali has previously directed modern love stories like Jab We Met, Rockstar and Love Aaj Kal.

Pavan K Varma on his book about Adi Shankaracharya and the shrinking scope for debate in today's world
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Pavan K Varma on his book about Adi Shankaracharya and the shrinking scope for debate in today's world

Former diplomat and author Pavan K Varma's latest book on the sage Adi Shakaracharya was launched by Gulzar

Mythology for the Millennial: Ancient India's sages have disturbing parallels in the modern world
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Mythology for the Millennial: Ancient India's sages have disturbing parallels in the modern world

Meet the Harvey Weinsteins of ancient India: the sages | #MythologyForTheMillennial

Mythology, folklore are full of animal-human hybrid but evolution has left animals out of spiritual fulfilment
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Mythology, folklore are full of animal-human hybrid but evolution has left animals out of spiritual fulfilment

The tragedy is that, as we “evolve” we do not include animals in our spiritual fulfilment anymore. There are no religions and cults anymore that embrace all of Earthkind.

Narendra Modi in Amarkantaka: The significance of River Narmada's point of origin explained
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Narendra Modi in Amarkantaka: The significance of River Narmada's point of origin explained

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Amarkantaka in Madhya Pradesh on Monday to pay obeisance to River Narmada on the occasion of the concluding ceremony of the 148-day 'Namami Devi Narmada Sewa Yatra'

Durga Saptashati: How a centuries-old epic shaped the spiritual backbone of Navratri
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Durga Saptashati: How a centuries-old epic shaped the spiritual backbone of Navratri

One of the integral parts of Navratri is the recitation of a centuries old text called the Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatamya. The Saptashati (700 verses) has influenced what we know today of Goddess Durga

Maha Shivratri 2017: A grim reminder of what Kashmir has lost
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Maha Shivratri 2017: A grim reminder of what Kashmir has lost

The auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri Friday came as a grim reminder of what and how much Kashmir has lost in its values, traditions and heritage during the last 27 years of violence.

Maha Shivratri 2017: Shiva is a cultural symbol synthesised from influences over thousands of years
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Maha Shivratri 2017: Shiva is a cultural symbol synthesised from influences over thousands of years

Shiva has been variously visualised, eulogised and internalised. This note brings together some of the popular forms and stories (in no particular order) of he who is the Mahadeva – the greatest of all Gods.

Devdutt Pattanaik: Similarities between Greek and Hindu mythology are superficial
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Devdutt Pattanaik: Similarities between Greek and Hindu mythology are superficial

Devdutt Pattanaik’s new book, Olympus — an Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths, neatly and with somewhat unpronounceable names, turns the tables on the usual re-tellings, by giving us a beloved foreign mythology in his trademark style

Happy Diwali! Do you know why it is called the festival of lights?
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Happy Diwali! Do you know why it is called the festival of lights?

Diwali isn't just about food, fireworks and festivities. Learn more about the mythology that revolves around the festival of lights

Navratri special: Even in contemporary times, the Durga Saptashati offers us much to learn
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Navratri special: Even in contemporary times, the Durga Saptashati offers us much to learn

Durga Saptashati is a composition that weaves in many basic tenets of life and spiritual thought in its narrative. This piece of poetry with its engaging narration and vivid imagery could suggest these tenets to those for whom the arcane and pithy language of the Upanishads was inaccessible. Some of the takeaways relevant for our times are discussed here.

Navratri special: How the Durga Saptashati shaped our knowledge of the goddess
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Navratri special: How the Durga Saptashati shaped our knowledge of the goddess

One of the integral parts of Navratri is the recitation of a centuries old text called the Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatamya. The Saptashati (700 verses) has influenced what we know today of Goddess Durga

'Ra, Krishna and Yahweh': X-Men Apocalypse doesn't demean Gods, it explores the meaning of birth and death
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'Ra, Krishna and Yahweh': X-Men Apocalypse doesn't demean Gods, it explores the meaning of birth and death

X-Men's creative intent does not demean religion, it is an extrapolation of a common theme of mythological and religious figures who appear in various times

Colourful devotees take a dip in Godavari during ongoing Kumbh Mela
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Colourful devotees take a dip in Godavari during ongoing Kumbh Mela

According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons