devdutt pattanaik

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  • One thing that often goes unnoticed in many traditional Hindu temples, is that the walls of the shrine is made of a circle of women

    Dec 17, 2017, 06:16 IST

  • A thousand years ago, India was very different from what it is today. North India had yet to face significant conquest by Muslim warlords from Central Asia

    Dec 10, 2017, 08:24 IST

  • To the north of Iraq live the people known as Yazidis, roughly half a million in number, who have been mercilessly hunted down by the rabid hordes of the Islamic State (ISIS) on grounds that they are Devil-worshippers

    Dec 03, 2017, 07:36 IST

  • Buddha had a cousin who often argued with him and opposed him. His name was Devdutt, or Devadatta. He was also Buddha's brother-in-law

    Nov 26, 2017, 06:08 IST

  • For the past 2,000 years, maybe even earlier, the Tuluva people have lived in Tulu-nadu, the coastal kingdom of Alva Kheda

    Nov 19, 2017, 06:43 IST

  • Plants play a key role in Hindu mythology. Plants are seen as sacred, sometimes deities by themselves, and sometimes as key offerings in a ritual

    Nov 12, 2017, 06:28 IST

  • Hindus believe that knowledge ("veda" in Sanskrit) comes not from a human source, but from nature at large

    Nov 05, 2017, 06:20 IST

  • Come Diwali, everyone revisits the story of this festival

    Oct 29, 2017, 06:43 IST

  • To be a Muslim, one has to first testify that there is no god but God (Allah), and Muhammad is his (final) prophet

    Oct 22, 2017, 06:08 IST

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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