Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

  • 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

Devdutt Pattanaik

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Many Jewish Americans choose to write G-d instead of God. By not taking God's name directly, they show respect

    Jul 09, 2017, 07:57 IST

  • While in American families, one is encouraged to verbalise, 'I love you', in most Indian families you don't need such overt expressions to feel loved and included

    Jul 02, 2017, 06:01 IST

  • In extremist Christian America, evolution is a bad word. Children are taught Creationism, or Intelligent Design, which insists on the role of God in creating the world. Anyone who opposes them is aligned to the Devil

    Jun 25, 2017, 06:14 IST

  • In Kalidasa's works we hear descriptions of women being invited to the king's garden to sing, dance, play and laugh

    Jun 18, 2017, 06:15 IST

  • At the heart of the hysteria over the peacock's tears is Hinduism's great discomfort with sex

    Jun 11, 2017, 06:09 IST

  • Itihasa is not fantasy; it is not history either at least not in Sanskrit

    Jun 04, 2017, 06:05 IST

  • In his speech at an industrial conclave, a very reputed and successful businessman said that an entrepreneur needs to know when to create like Brahma, when to sustain like Vishnu and when to destroy like Shiva

    May 28, 2017, 06:46 IST

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