Devdutt Pattanaik

  • Dogs of the gods

    In traditional Hindu society, dogs are considered inauspicious. This is most evident in dharma shastras, which were put together about 2,000 years ago

    Apr 28, 2019, 05:40 IST
  • The metaphor of the forest

    To understand Hindu mythology. it is critical to understand the metaphor of forest

    Apr 21, 2019, 07:05 IST
  • Indra's rise to kingship

    The Brahmana, orally transmitted by priests who came to be known as Brahmins, contains instructions and explanations for the Vedic ritual of yagya

    Apr 14, 2019, 07:39 IST
  • Desire's bow and destiny's noose

    Elections are a time to express desire, while the time in between is to face our destiny

    Apr 07, 2019, 07:15 IST
  • Left is north, right is south

    In politics, right stands for those who value traditional hierarchy (much like Vedanta) and left stands for those who overturn structures (much like Tantra)

    Mar 31, 2019, 09:21 IST


Devdutt Pattanaik

  • What came first: the world or life?

    What we mean by 'life' is the appearance of sentience, the appearance of organisms, who can 'sense' the world around them

    Mar 24, 2019, 07:13 IST
  • For the love of the moon

    These constellations or houses are visualised as goddesses

    Mar 17, 2019, 07:29 IST
  • Other meanings of a lotus

    The lotus plays a critical role in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythologies, in fertility rituals as well as monastic orders

    Mar 10, 2019, 08:34 IST
  • Other meanings of a lotus

    You will get an eight-pointed star pointing to the four cardinal and four ordinal directions

    Mar 10, 2019, 07:09 IST
  • Designing the Surya Namaskar

    He is invoked with the Gayatri mantra. In Upanishads, he is the teacher of Yajnavalkya

    Mar 03, 2019, 07:00 IST
  • Connecting with yoga

    In the field of yoga, it is used in terms of connection, and depending on the context, it has different meanings

    Feb 24, 2019, 07:00 IST
  • So many different Indras

    The first is the Vedic Indra

    Feb 17, 2019, 07:03 IST
  • The sage who witnessed all

    In Hinduism, the Markandeya Purana is one of the oldest puranas, roughly 1,700 years old. It is special because it contains the earliest reference to the Devi Bhagavata story in which Durga defeats the buffalo...

    Feb 10, 2019, 09:00 IST
  • Northeastern love for Krishna

    When one speaks of Krishna, one usually speaks of North Indian traditions of Surdas and Mirabai, or South Indian traditions of Andal and the Alwars

    Feb 03, 2019, 07:36 IST

Devdutt Pattanaik

  • The five-headed Hanuman

    It reminds us of Krishna's Vishwarupa described in the Bhagavad Gita, albeit a diminutive version. It transforms Hanuman from a dependable servant of Ram to a very independent deity worshipped in his own right

    Jan 20, 2019, 05:53 IST
  • Of hunger in heaven

    None of these places is accessible by following any law of god, because the idea of commandments and alignment to the law of god are not Hindu concepts. That's an Abrahamic concept

    Jan 13, 2019, 05:00 IST
  • When a man loves a woman

    Thus, they could live together for a few more years. Ruru agreed to give half his life to his wife. Priyamvada was restored back to life and both returned to the land of the living and lived many years togethe...

    Jan 06, 2019, 05:40 IST
  • Nachiketa's question

    At his words, this truly happened. Nachiketa was transferred from the land of the living to the land of the dead immediately, to the horror of his father

    Dec 30, 2018, 06:16 IST
  • Son of an asura

    Because Hiranyakashipu receives a boon from Brahma, he cannot be killed by any human or animal, either inside or outside a dwelling, at day or at night

    Dec 23, 2018, 06:54 IST
  • Dhruva or the north star

    It is, at once, a metaphysical story, as well as a story of devotion, recounted most simplistically

    Dec 16, 2018, 07:30 IST
  • Radha in space and time

    All Dharmashatras say, all traditions (riti) and laws (niti) must be subject to change depending on geography (desh), history (kala) and capability of communities (guna) involved. This idea is reiterated in th...

    Dec 09, 2018, 05:54 IST
  • The march of  Yudhishthira's horse

    This is not just a conquest by a victorious king, but also an attempt to reconcile with former enemies

    Dec 02, 2018, 06:18 IST
  • The gallery of female rogues

    Women can be dangerous forces of nature, or hypersexual beings, who take away the power of men, chain them to the material world and prevent them from walking the spiritual path

    Nov 25, 2018, 07:06 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Bypassing the womb

    In Puranic literature, we come across the concept of ayonija, someone who is not born from the womb, and consequently, is able to bypass or rise above the cycle of birth and death

    Nov 17, 2018, 21:19 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Land of body parts

    The Buddhists and the Hindus share the idea of the land becoming sacred, when it is connected with the body of a holy being

    Nov 11, 2018, 09:36 IST
  • Ancient incest in the sky

    In the Vedas, long before people knew about gods such as Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, there was a story of how the god of heaven committed incest with the goddess of dawn, his daughter

    Nov 04, 2018, 07:54 IST
  • The nymph and the hermit

    The most visible form of connecting with the material world is the sexual act

    Oct 28, 2018, 06:20 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Mountain of Vedas

    Through stories of the mountain of Vedas and the blinking gods, Hindus were made aware of the scale of the universe and its wisdom, very different from the finite, closed word of ancient Greeks, inherited by t...

    Oct 21, 2018, 07:50 IST
  • The idea of many religions

    The Europeans believed the only truth was Christianity

    Oct 14, 2018, 07:56 IST
  • Vedic approach to desire

    The Vedic approach was very different. Suffering can be reduced when we pay attention to, and try to satisfy, each other’s desires

    Oct 07, 2018, 06:15 IST

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