India

The Agrarian System in Ancient India
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.7 2020 Chassadoba F.B. Solvyns, c. 1799 A serial historical account of the early Agrarian System in Vedic Culture. Today we begin a twelve-part presentation of a very interesting historical text written by U.N. Ghoshal, M.A., Ph.D, and published by the Calcutta...Read more...
Tilottama
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.7 2020 Sunda and Upasunda Fight over the Apsara, Tilottama Banteay, Cambodia he apsara who brought about Sunda and Upasunda's demise. The apsara named Tilottama is described in the Mahabharata as a divine being created by the transcendental architect,...Read more...
The Bhagavatamela Natakams
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.7 2020 Lord Nrsimhadeva Mask Bhagavata Mela Prahlada Charitam Natakam Each year, on the occasion of Narasimha Jayanthi, a select number of Bhakti-oriented plays are performed by traditional families of certain villages around Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The dramatic...Read more...
Bhakti Charu Swami Vapu Journey to Mayapur
H.H. Bhakti Charu Swami Vapu Journey to Mayapur Summary of the travel plans 10-12 July 2020 Background His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami departed the material world on 4th July 2020 in Orlando, FL, USA. The GBC Executive Committee decided that Maharaj’s vapu shall be placed in...Read more...
Goa's Devaki-Krsna Temple
BY: SUN STAFF - 8.7 2020 India's foremost temple dedicated to Mother Devaki and son Krsna. Goa, India is home to one of India's most unique temples - the Devaki-Krsna temple in Marcel. Marcel, in Ponda Taluka, is located about 17 km. from the state capital of Panaji. Here is found...Read more...
Comilla Jagannath Temple
BY: SUN STAFF - 8.7 2020 Ancient Jagannatha temple now under ISKCON servitorship. A sketch of the Jagannath Temple at Comilla in 1843 Frederic Peter Layard, British Library In the Comilla district of Bangladesh is an ancient temple of Lord Jagannath. Following its long and interesting...Read more...
Mayapur to Open Gates for Visitors from 5th July
BY: MAYAPUR COMMUNICATIONS Each year more than 70 lakh people from different parts of the world visit Mayapur, birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and headquarters of ISKCON. Over the years Mayapur has evolved as a significant tourist destination of not only West Bengal, but the entire...Read more...
Kasturi for Lord Jagannatha's Mukh Shringar
BY: SUN STAFF - 30.6 2020 Musk deer Woodcut from Hortus Sanitatis, c. 1490 A.D.   Just prior to Lord Jagannath's Ratha Yatra in Puri Dhama several years ago, our Sun correspondent reported on the requests being made by the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth to the Puri and...Read more...
Nagas in the Sculptural Decorations, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 30.6 2020 A three-part study of the iconography of Nagas in Orissan art and architecture by Sasanka S. Panda. Learned scholar Dr. Satya Narayan Rajaguru has categorised the Nagas into three groups.[38] He has put the Naga in the purely reptile shape (snake) in the first...Read more...
Naba Kalebar Yatra of Sri Jagannatha, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 30.6 2020 A three-part study of the ancient Naba Kalebar Yatra rites of Lord Jagannatha at Puri Dham. When the Daru tree is found for Naba Kalebar Yatra, a great holy fire sacrifice is performed there to invite all the gods and goddesses to come and give their blessings at...Read more...
Nagas in the Sculptural Decorations
Nagas in the Sculptural Decorations of Early West Orissan Temples BY: SUN STAFF - 30.6 2020 A three-part study of the iconography of Nagas in Orissan art and architecture by Sasanka S. Panda. The Nagas are mentioned in the Puranas as a race of serpents who were inhabiting the...Read more...
Naba Kalebar Yatra of Sri Jagannatha
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.6 2020 A three-part study of the ancient Naba Kalebar (Navakalevar) Yatra rites of Lord Jagannatha at Puri Dham. The Naba Kalebar Yatra of Lord Jagannath occurs only every twelve years. Sometimes as many as 500,000 come from all parts of lndia and the world to see this...Read more...
The Nagas in Ancient India, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.6 2020 Sastric and historical references to the Naga kings and their descending lines. The country known as Cambodia today was previously known as Kambuja, associated with the name of a great brahmana, Kambu. Kambu had once been an Indian king who led a successful...Read more...
The Nagas in Ancient India
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.6 2020 Sastric and historical references to the Naga kings and their descending lines. The Nagas are borne of Lord Brahma, who lay down while doing the work of creation and dropped hair from his body that transformed into snakes. Even while his body crawled along with...Read more...
The Temple of Jagannath at Puri
BY: SUN STAFF - 17.6 2020   As the annual Puri Rath Yatra season approaches, we revisit this historical commentary on the Puri Jagannatha temple by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, written in English in 1871: "There is not a Hindu who has not heard the name of this temple. The...Read more...
500 Year Old Temple Rises from the Mahanadi River in Odisha
Posted by Indian Express - 11.6 2020 An ancient temple, submerged in river Mahanadi, has re-appeared after 11 years in Nayagarh district. An archaeology survey team of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) stumbled upon ‘mastaka’ of the temple...Read more...
SRI RADHA-SHYAMSUNDAR
By editor - 8.6 2020 The Only Deity In The World Manifested From The Heart Of Srimati Radharani At Seva Kunj, Sridham Vrindavana (next to Sri Sri Radha-Damodara Temple)    Sri Vrindavana Dhama is the holiest of all the holy places. Even the denizens of heaven desire to take...Read more...
Sri Ganga Puja
By Jaya Vijaya Dasa - 4.5 2020 Sri Ganga-puja, also known as Sri Ganga-dushara (she who removes inauspiciousness), appears in the month of Jyestha (May/June) on the 10th day of Sukla-paksa, or the waxing fortnight of the full moon. On this day, Maharaja Bhagiratha’s desire of bringing...Read more...
Places of Pilgrimage
By editor - 1.6 2020 - Tirtha - Dhama - Devotees and the holy places - Sri Balarama's pilgrimage - Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pilgrimage If a man wanders from one sacred city to another without repentance in his heart, his going and coming will be in vain. (Bhaktavijaya, ch...Read more...
TOVP Launches New Talk Show
TOVP Launches New Talk Show, Grand Opening Still Set for 2022 By: Madhava Smullen - 1.6 2020 The rendering of the ToVP's main temple room. With architects working virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, new 3D renderings of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur have...Read more...
Lord Varaha Lifting a Globe Earth?
BY: JAHNAVA NITAI DAS - 26.5 2020   Does the 8th century Durga Vishnu temple in Aihole actually show Lord Varaha lifting a globe Earth? There is a picture often being spread on social media with the claim that an ancient carving of Lord Varaha shows him lifting a globe Earth...Read more...
Deities in Jaipur
How Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Manifested in Jaipur With the Help of Sitala devi dasi By Sridevi Dasi - 26.5 2020 Sitala devi dasi, a resident of Mayapur Dham, had been ordering deities for ISKCON since 1975. Many temples around the world have used her services...Read more...
Dainandina Niti in Sri Jagannath Temple
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.5 2020 By Sarmistha Pasayat for Orissa Review. The dainandina niti, or daily rituals, of the Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri are a fascinating study. The word niti in Oriya and Sanskrit refers to a principle, a rule or a policy. But in the Temple, this word is...Read more...
Murari Gupta's Gaura-Nitai Deities
BY: MUKUNDA DATTA DAS - 4.5 2020 Following is a summary of some of the activities of Smt. Candrasasi Mukherjee, better known as Pisima Gosvamini, and her Gaura-Nitai. They are in a very small temple right across the street from Bankhandi Mahadeva, about three doors down from the intersection...Read more...
History of the Narendra Tank
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.4 2020   The most celebrated, picturesque and one of the large tanks of Orissa is the Narendra Tank. Because of its close relationship with the Jagannath Temple, it is considered by the pious to be a holy tank. According to one legend, Narendra Deva, brother of...Read more...
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