Devdutt Pattanaik

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Bali underfoot

    A few months ago, there was a war going on in Kerala about whether Onam has to be celebrated as the annual return during harvest of Maha-bali, the asura-king, from Pa-tala, his subterranean realm or as Vaman Jayanti

    Oct 15, 2017, 06:42 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Lopamudra's consent

    In the Rig Veda, most hymns are by male sages. But there are a few by women, the rishikas, some independent and others wives of sages

    Oct 08, 2017, 06:51 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: God of Craftsmen

    If you were a craftsman hailing from the Gangetic Plains, or from Assam, Bengal, or Odisha, it is quite likely that you would have celebrated Vishwakarma Puja, just towards the end of Pitra Paksha, and just before Mahalaya, the first day of Navratri

    Oct 01, 2017, 06:15 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Cinderella Vrat Katha

    A friend pointed out that the popular fairy tale Cinderalla is very much like a vrata-katha: a girl in trouble, tortured by female members of her family

    Sep 24, 2017, 07:35 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Brahmins who rejected Ram

    One of the codes for feminism in India is to decry Ram, hero of the Ramayana, for abandoning his pregnant wife in the forest

    Sep 17, 2017, 07:47 IST

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  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Castrated for God

    In a guru's ashram, I saw a young, beautiful girl who had completely stripped herself of her gender and sexuality: shaven hair, ash on her face, baggy clothes, bare feet, and complete subservience to her guru, who she referred to as 'master'

    Sep 10, 2017, 06:17 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Balancing the Love Charger

    Many people believe that mythology ceased to be relevant after the arrival of science, and the resulting rise of atheism

    Sep 03, 2017, 06:57 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The myth of Cultural Marxism

    Right now, in the United States of America, something terrifying is happening. A whole bunch of aggressive violent white men have publicly marched in the city of Charlottesville for White Supremacy

    Aug 27, 2017, 06:13 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Chef Nala

    Once upon a time, there was a man who cooked so well that a woman decided to marry him

    Aug 20, 2017, 06:00 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Guru of gurus

    Datta, the son of Atri and Anasuya, is considered Adi Guru, the first teacher. He is visualised as under a banyan tree with a cow (who provides) and four dogs (who protect), while he enlightens

    Aug 13, 2017, 00:06 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Atheist and secular mythologies

    Many people believe that mythology ceased to be relevant after the arrival of science, and the resulting rise of atheism. A new tool arose to distinguish between truth and false narratives — measurement, not doctrine

    Aug 06, 2017, 07:00 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: A Purana for Muslims

    Many Muslims in Tamil Nadu call themselves Marakkayar, which means seamen, a word that is derived from the Arabic 'markab

    Jul 30, 2017, 07:02 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Icons for Vajranabhi

    Vajranabhi, son of Aniruddha, grandson of Pradyumna, and great-grandson of Krishna, was king of Mathura and leader of the Yadava clan

    Jul 23, 2017, 07:51 IST

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Exploring Hanuman Chalisa

    One of the things that catch your eye in the middle of a horrifyingly crowded Mumbai local train is the sight of people sitting or standing in a corner, reading from a tiny chapbook sold in roadside shops near temples

    Jul 16, 2017, 08:44 IST

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