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Padayani - The Temple Ritual from Kerala

Padayani Temple Ritual Of Kerala To Pacify Bhagwathi

Padayani is a Devi temple ritual from Kerala. The word Padayani comes from the word Pedani which means military formation. So, is it a celebration of war heroes? Well, yes and no. No, because...
Ram Bhajans - Playlist for Diwali

12 Popular Ram Bhajans For Your Diwali Playlist

Diwali is the biggest festival in India. Diwali means shopping for new clothes, new gadgets, for the trading community it means the new year and of course it is the beginning of the winter...
Satpura Hills as seen from Asirgarh Fort near Burhanpur

Burhanpur MP – Where Taj Mahal Was To Be Originally Built

Burhanpur – I only knew that Mumtaz Mahal of Taj Mahal fame died in this city while giving birth to her 14th child. Beyond this, I had no idea what this city was. So,...
The Tapobhumi of 88,000 Rishis - Naimisharanya

Naimisharanya Sacred Land Of Veda, Purana, Satyanarayan Katha

In the forests of Naimisharanya, sat the 88,000 Rishis and Ved Vyasa revealed the Vedas, Puranas, and Shastras to them. You read any Indian scripture, and you find the mention of Naimisharanya. The name...
Kanchipuram Sarees in Pink & Gold

Where to Buy Kanchipuram Sarees in Kanchipuram?

Say Kanchipuram and the colorful Kanchipuram Sarees is all you can think of. Even the beautiful ancient temples of Kanchipuram step back and let you soak in the silken grandeur of its only industry....
Dakshinewar Kali Temple

Kalibari or Kali Mata Mandir Trail in Kolkata

Kolkata remains a strong bastion of Shakti worship. You may not spot the temple dome from afar thanks to the rising skyscrapers but as you come close, those massive hibiscus garlands will surely catch...
Kalamezhuthum Pattum - Temple Rituals of Kerala

Kalamezhuthum Pattum – The Temple Ritual of Kerala

Kalamezhuthum Pattum was a surprise discovery in Kerala, where I was to attend a seminar on Devi Worship in India. I never knew that the worship of Devi, especially in her form of Bhadrakali...
Surla Falls, Goa - off the Western Ghats

Monsoon Road Trip to Surla Falls, Goa – A Day Trip from Panaji

Surla Falls is on the edge of the western ghats bordering Goa and Karnataka state. Surla Waterfalls is also known as Sural Waterfalls and by its Konkani (local language) name Ladkyacho Vozar, meaning Falls of...
Naropa Stupa - Ladakh

Colors Of Naropa Festival, Hemis Monastery In Ladakh

Hemis Monastery cradles the finest relics of Buddhist culture that thrived in Central Asia since millennia. Standing tall in the folds of arid deserted highlands of the Ladakh Himalayas, Hemis Monastery is the sacred...
Evening Aarti at the Ghats of Ganga at Varanasi

Ganga Aarti At Dashashwamedh Ghat In Varanasi

Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi is a spectacle to watch. It is a perfect example of the ancient tradition of River worship in India packaged in a way that it attracts all kinds...

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