Madhu Mantena to make Ramayana and Mahabharata, to create a ‘Mytho-Verse’

Producer Madhu Mantena has announced that he will be making two films on Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, which would be directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar. He shared the news to the online portal Pinkvilla. Sharing the reason for taking on such an ambitious project, Mantena told the …...Read More

Swami Vivekananda’s message for his death anniversary

On the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s 119th death anniversary [July 4], it’s worth looking at a message he gave fully knowing that he won’t be there one day. As we all know, he was a spiritual leader who not only advocated spiritual living but also instilled strength in his devotees …...Read More

Meet Swami Vivekananda, the friend

There was no change in the ways and behavior of Swami Vivekananda towards his friends even after he became famous and was worshiped by thousands. When in Lahore, Swamiji met his boyhood friend Motilal Bose by chance. Motilal, who owned the Great Indian Circus, was there in connection with a …...Read More

This descendant of Lord Ram took Kauravas’ side in Mahabharata war

The Mahabharata war was not fought just between a handful of Pandavas and 100 Kauravas, as is claimed by some Hindi movies. Plenty of allies had sided with both the camps. This ensured that thousands if not lakhs participated in the great war that went on for 18 long days. …...Read More

Book review: Suryavamsha - The Noble Kings of Ancient India

Author Manjunath Dattatreya’s book Suryavamsha – The Noble Kings of Ancient India, as per its name, is an account of some the famous and interesting kings belonging to the Suryavamsha dynasty; also known as Solar Dynasty. But the book isn’t limited to that. In the starting portions, it explores the …...Read More

Why did Krishna save Draupadi from vastraharan?

One of the most important incidents in the Mahabharata is Draupadi’s vastraharan (stripping) attempt and how she is saved by Lord Krishna. There is much more to this incident if one digs deeper. There is a reason why Krishna came to Draupadi’s rescue. During the infamous dice game with Duryodhan …...Read More

When Swami Vivekananda’s honesty stunned his teacher

During the childhood of Swami Vivekananda, who was called Naren them, he was once narrating an interesting incident to his classmates in school. They were so engrossed in the discussion that they didn’t realize when the teacher entered the class and started teaching. After a while, while teaching, the teacher …...Read More

From an HIV patient to a spiritual author, Fabien Soudiere’s life is an inspiration

Fabien Soudiere was diagnosed with HIV in 2011 and he, obviously, was shattered. As the ailment is related to sex, there is a huge social stigma attached to it. Fabien went through the rigorous treatment procedure. But he later went onto the spiritual path and discovered himself. Today, he is …...Read More

When non-Muslims were given a tour of Juma Masjid and Islam

The Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust invited a group of non-Muslims for the tour of a mosque as part of a peace initiative on Sunday 21 March. The aim of the event was to explain aspects about Islam and remove misunderstandings about the religion while admiring the classic architecture of …...Read More

Rama and Sugriva’s bond shows we need not be related by blood or even race

One of the most important chapters in the Ramayana is the episode between Rama and Sugriva. Lord Rama, as we all know, was the husband of Sita and brother of Lakshman. Sugriva was the vanara [animal] belonging to the kingdom of Kishkindha, married to Ruma. Vali, his elder brother, was …...Read More