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Ancient World

INDIA AND ITS MANY ANCIENT ART FORMS

Art reflects our culture, beliefs and values. Art is a historical record and it must be understood and preserved. India is such a vast and art...
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Wedding Rituals of India

Weddings are big affair in India; a land of multiple religious sects, culture and rituals, Indian weddings bond family. Every region will have...
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The Legend of the Sarhul Festival

Tribal festival of Jharkhand, Sarhul is a spring festival which is celebrated when the Sal tress get new flowers. WORDS: SANGEETA S...
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The Inimitable Lives of THE AGHORI MONKS

The Aghori monks are ash-smeared ascetic Shiva sadhus, found mostly near charnel grounds seeking a different way of life as per the teachings ...
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TWIRL LIKE A SERPENT IN THE KALBELIA FOLK DANCE

The Kalbelia Dance is one of the famous dances of Rajasthan. The dance is performed by the local Kalbelia tribe who are known for this dance. ...
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Kancha Sport

If colourful marbles remind you of your childhood then you belong to the generation which played traditional outdoor sports. Yes we are talkin...
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Festival

The Festival of Procession and Beliefs: RATHYATRA IN ORISSA

Also known as the Chariot Festival, the Rath Yatra is dedicated to Lord Jagannath when the huge idols of deities of Lord Krishna, Balaram and ...
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An ode to the health and well-being of children – Jivitputrika Festival

Jivitputrika is observed on Krishna Paksha Ashtami in the month of Ashwin, performed with austerity by the mothers for their children. The Jiv...
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Watching Elephants & Revelry at THRISSUR POORAM

This spectacular festival from Kerala is also the state’s biggest and most colourful celebrated with an excellent show of caparisoned elepha...
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The Day of the Snake God NAG PANCHAMI

One of India’s most unique festivals is Nag Panchami which is the traditional worship of snakes or serpents as observed by Hindus throughout...
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The Pushkar Mela

The Pushkar Mela held in the city of Pushkar is the world’s largest camel fair that attracts large tourists both national and international....
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Prepared to Get Hit at the Bani or the Stick Festival of Karnataka

India is indeed the land of many unique festivals. Our festivals are based on our strong belief system and faith, and sometimes include except...
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Heritage

Lucknow Culturally rich city

The capital of Uttar Pradesh and thriving on the banks of the Gomti, Lucknow has been a culturally rich place for long...
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Scintillating Srinagar’s attractive locales

KASHMIR is a land of unmatched beauty, culture, landscapes, literature and with a long yet noteworthy history of Greeks, Mughals, Buddhists, Hindus and the British. It is needless to say that Kashmir, po...
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Old Delhi cuisine Best enjoyed in an authentic setting

The historic city has for centuries had an excellent taste for churning out the most mouth-watering food. Walk along the streets of Old Delhi ...
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Into the by lanes of Agra

Agra, located on the banks of the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, has been mentioned in the epic Mahabharata where it was named as Agravena (meaning ...
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A True Glimpse of Kolkata

Kolkata, which is located on the east bank of the Hooghly river, is known as the commercial...
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Jaipur – City of wonderful surprises

Pink City, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is full of wonderful surpris...
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Spirituality Insight

Prashna Upanishad – The Only Goal

(Continued from the last edition...) Guru Pippalaada continues to explain the essence of matter (rayi) and energy (prana) to the six disciples.
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PRASHNA UPANISHAD – MATTER AND ENERGY

Prashnopanishad is a set of six questions posed by six students to their Guru Pippalaada, beginning with the concept of the macrocosm and proc...
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THE GOOD SAMARITAN – CHRIST’S PARABLE

The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us who a neighbour is and how to love a neighbour. WORDS: MADHURI. Y/vc_...
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Pancha Brahma – Sadashiva

Lord Shiva in the form of Sadashiva is the five-faced God who ensures creation, protection, destruction, obscuration and revelation ...
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BHAGAVATA PURANA

Bhagavata Purana lays emphasis on dharma, bhakti and Advaita WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc_colu...
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BHAJA GOVINDAM

Bhaja Govindam propounds bhakti yoga as a means to salvation WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc_colu...
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Temples of India

MUMBAI’S MOST POPULAR TEMPLE Siddhivinayak

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir attracts millions of devout visitors every year. Fortunately, the temple has been able to organise the...
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KANAKA DURGA TEMPLE Jewel of Amaravati

Perched on the Indrakeeladri Hills on the banks Krishna River nestles the famous Kanaka Durga Temple of Vijayawada, which is now part of Amaravati, upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh. Dating back to the...
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VARAHA TEMPLES Symbols of love and bravery

In the Vishnu Purana, Varaha represents sacrifice, as the eternal upholder of Earth Words:STEFFI MAC/v...
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BRAHMA TEMPLE The Home of the Creator

Brahma temple in Pushkar is an architectural marvel. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma Himself, The temple is an incredible tale ...
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GURUVAYUR WORDS: Abode of God’s Own Country

Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is situated in a municipal town Guruvayur of Thrissur District of Kerala. It is the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day. Since...
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BHADRACHALAM TEMPLE BHAKTA RAMDAS Beauty of faith, atmost devotion

Temples have been our place of solace and peace quite often. At times they have been the reason to help us deal with problems and then there a...
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TRAVEL INSIDER

INDIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL RAILWAY ROUTES

Nowadays planning a vacation rarely encompasses a train expedition, but if it does (and when it does), takes us back to the childhood days whe...
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Prayag’s Kumbh Mela 2019

A global event that concluded early this year, the Kumbh Mela 2019 was a grand spiritual event, as it promised to be. Millions of visitors, de...
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The Lure of Royalty – Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

A long time ago, Raja Sudhardev set his heart upon a fair maiden by the name of Rani Padmini. He proposed, she said yes and although there was...
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On the Wild Side: SUNDARBANS, WEST BENGAL

The home of the Royal Bengal tiger, many reptiles that are unique to this delta and even the Olive Ridley turtle, the Sundarban National Park ...
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THE BEAUTY OF THE Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh

If peace were to have a home, it could very well be Tawang Monastery. Known as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse in Tibetian, this celestial paradise in a ...
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SPENDING AN Idyllic Beach Holiday at Diu

Ilha de Calma’ or the island of calm in Portuguese, Diu has done its bit to deserve this title. If you are looking for some calm in a place ...
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