The Sacred Bonds that Bind Bharatavarsha

In an earlier essay, I had remarked that the only way to "understand" Santana Dharma is to live it. What had once been akin to breathing to Hindus has now become a thing to "understand." Let it also be said that you cannot "learn" Hinduism by reading any number of...

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NOTES ON CULTURE

Old Kadamba Temple

What Happens when a Hindu Temple is Destroyed

In the previous part of this series, we saw how Hindu temples show a remarkable sense of unbroken continuity and cultural unity in that they are still a living memory. The majestic Somanatha Devalaya...
Sthambeshwara Temple Campus

The Story of Sthambheshwara

In the present era where Europe is desperately struggling to keep its civilization and history alive, the Seven Years’ War is largely consigned to oblivion. The Seven Years’ War is correctly characterized by some...
Mirabai

How the Bhakti Movement Gave Hindus a Breather and the New Indian Renaissance

Beginning with the so-called Arab invasion of Sindh and even today (albeit in a different form), the single biggest failure of Hindus has been one or more or all of the following: inability, unwillingness,...
Pushkar Snanam

Spiritual Freedom and the Sacred Geography of Bharata

The concept of Purusharthas is one of the most singular and unique contributions to world culture,  civilisation and human living. This is perhaps one of the best models for both a personal code of...
Pattadakal

The Cultural Weakening of India and the Hindu Civilisational Continuum

What is common to the two avoidable events that occurred recently, viz, the so-called #MeToo dog-and-pony show, and second, the pushback against and persecution of the lakhs of Sabarimala protestors? In a line, the common...

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The Destruction and Christianization of Carnatic Music Might Occur Sooner than Anticipated

As expected, it has happened. There’s a proverb in Kannada which roughly means, “light up your beedi from the fire that is burning down your neighbour’s house.” The thoroughly agenda-driven #Metoo charade has hit the Carnatic music circles as well ably guided, the charge led by the Radical Left’s latest...

HISTORY VIGNETTES

Podcast: Congratulations to Yogi Adityanath for restoring the Sanctity of Prayagraj

Amid the ongoing, spirited protest by the Hindu community against the SC Verdict on Sabarimala, is some good news of sorts. Uttar Pradesh Chief...

The Apocalyptic Battle of Talikota is an Eternal Warning

The Renaissance in Europe witnessed the revival, restoration and resurgence of the ancient, classical traditions of the Greeks and the Romans chiefly in the...

Jawaharlal Nehru’s Contempt for Sadhus

We’ve seen how extraordinarily accurate Sitaram Goel was in his assessment of Jawaharlal Nehru whom he characterized as “a bloated Brown Sahib” and “the...