Devdutt Pattanaik

  • Is post-truth same as myth?

    Western myth, or the dominant worldview that shapes the long history of the West, remains singular and linear

    Sep 09, 2018, 07:37 IST
  • Back to old values of love

    By decriminalising gay sex, SC recognises where India's greatness lies - in inclusion and diversity

    Sep 07, 2018, 07:15 IST
  • A Buddhist goddess

    Before this, the only goddess who was very prominent in Buddhist literature was Shri or the Goddess of fortune, clearly included within the Buddhist iconography by the lay people

    Sep 02, 2018, 07:43 IST
  • Vedic thunder, rain and frogs

    Poetry and metaphor is used to connect the physical and psychological world. Inspiration is used to evoke the gods. There is no real story to tell. Just a description of life, of nature

    Aug 26, 2018, 06:47 IST
  • Breaking the binary

    Binaries are a cultural concept for simplicity. But, in nature there is no such thing as binaries, things wax and wane, telescope into each other, there are species which mingle and merge and there is no absol...

    Aug 19, 2018, 06:17 IST


Devdutt Pattanaik

  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Old gods near Mumbai

    Some of the earliest images showing the story of Shiva from the Shiva Purana, is again found in the Elephanta caves, just a boat ride off South Bombay

    Aug 12, 2018, 07:07 IST
  • Acknowledging Islam's Diversity

    At the time of the World Wars, beyond the traditional Shia-Sunni divide, Islam had many regional forms: there was an Arabic form, there was a Persian form, there was the Indian form, there was an Indonesian fo...

    Aug 05, 2018, 06:01 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Spa-walla Buddha

    But, today when you think of Buddha, he has become a spa icon. You can go to any health spa for a massage, a steam or a jacuzzi and there in front of you, you will find an image of Buddha

    Jul 29, 2018, 06:12 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Expressing devotion sensually

    The classic Sanskrit version is found in the 1,000-year-old Bhagavata Purana

    Jul 22, 2018, 06:13 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Above many realms of desire

    Buddhist stupas crowned with special umbrellas indicate Sumeru, the central world axis and the heavens above it, above which sits the Buddha in a formless state after he attained nirvana

    Jul 15, 2018, 06:12 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Othering the Asuras

    One called Aditi, the other called Diti

    Jul 08, 2018, 06:12 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Aggregation of Buddhist atoms

    They clarify that there is a soul within every individual living (jiva-atma) being and there is a cosmic soul that encompasses the universe (param-atma)

    Jul 01, 2018, 06:30 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: Fever from Shiva's rage

    Those who see mythology as proto-history believe that as Vedic practices waned, and temple-based Agama traditions rose, followers of Vedas became closely associated with Vishnu worshippers

    Jun 24, 2018, 06:12 IST
  • Devdutt Pattanaik: The rise of Durga

    Amongst the earliest images we know today are one from Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, and from Mammalapuram dated before 7th century

    Jun 17, 2018, 06:12 IST

Devdutt Pattanaik

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