Photos: Picturesque monastery in Shimla

Shimla has a beautiful Buddhist monastery called Dorje Drak. But somehow, it doesn’t feature in the list of ‘must see’ tourist destinations in the hill station situated in Himachal Pradesh. We had a difficult time finding the monastery because hardly anyone knew its proper location. In fact, even few hundred …...Read More

When Swami Vivekananda instilled self-respect in a cobbler

When Swami Vivekananda was traveling across India, he came across a cobbler, who was looked down upon due to his profession. Therefore, the cobbler too felt the same about his profession. Swamiji tried igniting self-respect in him saying, “Your profession is very noble. It is only because of you that …...Read More

Book Review: Vivekananda by Pranay Gupta

Born as Narendranath Datta, Swami Vivekananda was a monk known for spreading the greatness of India and its culture far and wide. His speech at the Parliament Of Religions in 1893 in Chicago remains one of the most iconic speeches ever that brought India on the world map more prominently. …...Read More

Hanuman and Arjun faced the same challenge once

Hanuman and Arjun are part of two different epics. While the former was the ardent worshipper of Lord Rama in Ramayana, the latter was an important part of the Mahabharata as the best warrior and archer. Although both were a part of different yugas, they share a similarity in the …...Read More

Author Pranay Gupta’s books on spirituality for leadership & success

Mystic philosopher, author, theatre personality and motivational speaker Pranay Gupta has come up with a series of five books on Indian spirituality with an aim to help readers attain success and develop leadership skills. Published by Fingerprint! Publishing, the books are named – Gita, Hinduism, Buddha, Vedanta and Vivekananda. Pranay …...Read More

Datta Jayanti 2020: Story of lord Dattatreya

Dattatreya Jayanti or Datta Jayanti, as it is popularly known, is a festival mostly celebrated in Maharashtra, India. It is observed as the birth anniversary of lord Dattatreya, who is also known as Dattaguru. In the vicinities of various Dattatreya temples [or Datta mandirs] in Mahrashtra, a grand puja and …...Read More

Before Mahabharata war, Arjuna had donned Krishna’s role

We all know how the Bhagavad Gita happened. Right at the start of the Mahabharata war, Arjuna developed cold feet and lost all confidence to fight the war. It was then that Krishna, in order to motivate him, recited the Gita. But there was an instance before the war when …...Read More

Book Review - Marcus Crane: One More Lifetime

The belief in reincarnation is no longer limited to Hinduism. The idea has not only found acceptance in the west but it also serves as a mode of treatment by more and more psychiatrists over there. Author Sue Gibbons’ book Marcus Crane: One More Lifetime deals about reincarnation or past …...Read More

These villagers still haven’t forgiven Hanuman

Indian mythology is full of interesting incidents, especially the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Along with the famous happenings in the epics, there are various sub-stories that are worth re-telling. An occurrence during an important period in Ramayana is one that holds importance even today. Lord Ram, his brother, Lakshman, Hanuman and …...Read More

When Swami Vivekananda didn’t reveal he wasn’t a negro

Once Swami Vivekananda, while travelling to America, was given a enthusiastic reception at a railway station in America as he got down from the train. A Negro porter went excitingly forward to shake hands with him saying: “Congratualations! I am extremely delighted that a man of my race has attained …...Read More