India

Dacoits Stole Srimati Radharani
From the Astrologer’s Diary: The Night Dacoits Stole Srimati Radharani   Shyamasundara Dasa - 17.2 2020   Contents How Srila Prabhupada’s childhood deities were stolen. How Srimati Radharani was kidnapped by bandits in Mayapur. Narration of what happened by...Read more...
Temples of Kashmir
By editor - 14.2 2020 Sun Temple, Martand, Jammu and Kashmir, India The ancient sites of Ushkar, built by the Kushan king Huvishka approximately in the 3rd century A.D., and Harwan, a typical Buddhist settlement of the type that flourished in Gandhara kingdom, provide the earliest...Read more...
Elephants in Art, Architecture and History of Orissa, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.2 2020 Elephant and giraffe in the royal court Sun Temple, Konarka Orissa, 13th century AD The last in a two-part exploration of the importance of elephants in Orissan art and religious culture, by Debabrata Swain. The earliest representation of Ganesha seems to be...Read more...
Elephants in Art, Architecture and History of Orissa
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.2 2020 Elephant motif half-hewn from a huge stone near Dhauli, Bhubaneswar The earliest sculpture of Orissa, 3rd century B.C. A two-part exploration of the importance of elephants in Orissan art and religious culture, by Debabrata Swain. Since time immemorial, the...Read more...
ISKCON’s first full stone temple
By Rama-mohana Dasa - 11.2 2020 With traditional architecture- pillars and stone carvings, ISKCON Salem’s granite temple promises its name in history for centuries. We have learned from Srila Prabhupada that Krsna advises Arjuna in Bhagavad-Gita – kuru karmaiva tasmat...Read more...
Somnath temple
By editor - 7.2 2020 The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India(Gurjar) is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an...Read more...
Mystical Temple of Speaking Gods
By Sainath Reddy - 5.2 2020 The famous Raj Rajeshwari Tripura Sundari temple in Bastar, Bihar, attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees from across the nation. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Historians say that, the temple was built 400 years ago to perform Tantric...Read more...
Lord Caitanya's Jagannath Deities
BY: SUN STAFF - 31.1 2020 Lord Caitanya's Jagannatha Deities Sri Rangam   In the year 1510 A.D., Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu traveled to South India, spending four months of Caturmasya Vrata, the monsoon season, at the home of a brahman known as Vyenkatta Bhatta. During His...Read more...
Sri Giriraja-Tirtha: The Holy Places of Sri Giriraja
BY: SUN STAFF - 31.1 2020 Krishna Raises Govardhan Jaipur, early 19th c. Sri Garga-samhita Canto 3, Chapter 7, Texts 1-39 Part One Sri Bahulasva said: How many holy places are on noble-hearted Govardhana Hill? O great yogi, you have transcendental vision. Please tell me this. Sri...Read more...
Guruvayur
By editor - 30.1 2020 Guruvayur houses the famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple.The Guruvayur temple, also known as “Bhooloka Vaikunta”, believed to be at least 5,000 years old and the main deity is believed to have been installed by Brihaspati and Vayu. The temple was built by...Read more...
Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy at Yadagirigutta
BY: SUN STAFF - 23.1 2020 Jan 22, 2020 — CANADA (SUN) — Yadagirigutta lies near Bhuvanagiri (Bhongir), approximately 70 km. from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most important holy places in the Nalgonda District. Yadagirigutta is especially famous for the Sri...Read more...
Lord Narasimha Bursts from the Rock at Dudhai
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.1 2020 Lord Nrsimhadev at Dudhai   hataka kiritavara hara vanamala tararashana makara kundala manindraih bhushitam-ashesha-nilayam tava vapurme chotasi chakasta narasimha narasimha (6) O Lord Nrisimha, O Lord Nrisimha, Your transcendental body, which is the...Read more...
Mayapur Heritage City
Prominent Indian Corporate billionaires initiate efforts to develop Mayapur Heritage City  By Parijata dasi - 20.1 2020 The first meeting of the Advisory Committee for the development of Mayapur Heritage City was held on 9 January 2020 at Sajjan Jindal’s office. The meeting...Read more...
Sri Caitanya in Mangalpur
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.1 2020 Sri Sri Nitai Gouranga being worshipped at Mangalpur Temple This three century old temple commemorates Lord Caitanya's visit to Mangalpur. About five hundred years ago, Sri Chaitanya on his pilgrimage to Puri from Nadia Navadweep visited Gopinath Temple at...Read more...
Sadbhuja Chaitanya at Bankura
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.1 2020 Sri Ekteswar Temple - Bankura, West Bengal Sadbhuja Sri Krsna Chaitanya Ekteswar Temple, Bankura, West Bengal The town of Bankura, West Bengal is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva , who is worshiped here as Ekteswar (or Ekpadeswar)....Read more...
The Return of Govinda Dev Temple at Vrindavan
BY: SUN STAFF - 10.1 2020 Keshava Dev Temple at Mathura (Krishna Janma Bhoomi Temple (See the Muslim Idgah on the left side of the temple) In our last edition we looked at Vishnupur's role in Gaudiya Vaisnava history. Vishnupur was likened to 'new Vrindavan' during...Read more...
Vishnupur as the New Vrindavan
BY: SUN STAFF - 8.1 2020 Madan Mohan Temple, Vishnupur Vishnupur is a city in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal, India, famous for its terracotta temples and long history of association with Gaudiya Vaisnavas. During the reign of Aurangzeb (1658-1707), many of Lord Krsna's...Read more...
Sacred Music
Sacred Music and Hindu Religious Experience: From Ancient Roots to the Modern Classical Tradition By editor - 8.1 2020 Asian Studies and Philosophy, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA  Abstract: While music plays a significant role in many of the world’s religions...Read more...
Devotional Art of Hitis, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 7.1 2020 Nagini/Makara figure Hiti water spout, Darbar Square The Huntingdon Archive A look at the ancient waterways of Nepal, and the Vedic devotional art embodied in its stone water spouts. In addition to the beauty of the devotional art images that serve form and...Read more...
Devotional Art of Hitis
BY: SUN STAFF - 6.1 2020 Manga Hiti, Patan Durbar Square   A look at the ancient waterways of Nepal, and the Vedic devotional art embodied in its stone water spouts. The history of Kathmandu Valley begins with the story a great lake surrounded by mountains. Known as Nagadaha Lake,...Read more...
Ganga Sagar Mela: ISKCON to Set Up Permanent Kitchen
By: Binoy Sri Gouranga Das - 3.1 2020 Pilgrims take ritual baths in the Ganges at the Ganga Sagar Mela.  The second most popular mela after Kumbh Mela is the Ganga Sagar Mela. It is India's biggest fair held in Sagardwip, West Bengal, and witnesses a large number of people...Read more...
Beauty of Khajuraho Temples
By editor - 2.1 2020 Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, as a sister to Swamy Vivekananda, as a daughter to an elderly person and as a lover to a romantic. I was interested in finding out what most people felt about these erotic sculptures, and observed them from a vantage point in Khajuraho,...Read more...
Krsna's Cradle at Amriteshwara
BY: SUN STAFF - 2.1 2020 In the small village of Amritapura at Tarikere, Karnataka is a beautiful example of Hoysala period architecture, the Amriteshwara Temple. The temple was built by Amiteya Dandanayaka in 1196 A.D. He was a General (Dandanayaka) in the service of the Hoysala King, Veera...Read more...
Dwarka and Shardapith, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 31.12 2019 Lord Dwarkadisa Sharad Purnima Shringar Darshan The last in a three-part description of the holy sites of Dwaraka. Visiting Dwarka's Holy Sites The City of Dwaraka is best known as the home of Lord Dwarkadisa, who resides in His Jagad Mandir. The...Read more...
Dwarka and Shardapith, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 30.12 2019 Dwadash Jyotirlinga A three-part description of the holy sites of Dwaraka. Somnath, the First Jyotirlinga Traditionaly, Dwadash Jyotirlinga pilgrimage begins with the Somnath temple. The present Somnath temple is an elegant reflection of the past glory of...Read more...
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