India

Red monkey
By Purushottam Nitai Das - 27.12 2016 When suddenly from nowhere the red monkeys came and conquered all Recently when I went to Ekchakra, the birthplace of Nityanand Prabhu, I went to a temple and there everywhere it was written in bold letters in English, Hindi and Bengali – ...Read more...
A Story From Guruvayor Temple
By editor - 19.12 2016                There was a Bhattahari brahmana who was an expert poet, logician and tantric.  A relative got a deadly disease.  The  brahmana transferred the disease to himself,...Read more...
Vraj Mandal Padayatra 2016
By Parasuram dasa - 15.12 2016 When the full moon, marking the beginning of the month of Kartik, rose in the sky, we knew this was the start of a new adventure on the open road. Everything is there on Padayatra, the Harinam, Prasad distribution, book distribution, Deity worship, cow...Read more...
ISKCON Mira-road attracts 5,000 students
By Krishna Nandan Das & Bhagavati Kripa Devi Dasi - 9.12 2016 On the most auspicious occasion of ISKCON celebrating 50 years and ISKCON Mira-road celebrating first year after inauguration, which took place in September 2015, HG Kamalalochana Prabhu – President of ISKCON Mira-road,...Read more...
The Faces of Rani-ki Vav
By editor - 8.12 2016 Rani-ki Vav Stepwell - Patan, Gujarat   The ancient town of Patan, Gujarat is home to one of India's most exceptional water works – the Rani-ki Vav stepwell. Situated a few 2 kilometers northwest of the central Patan district, this stepwell site was...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 3
By editor - 6.12 2016 Bodhisattva Maitreya Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom)  West Bengal, Pala period, early 12th c. A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. THE PALA SCHOOL  11th to 12th...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 2
By editor - 5.12 2016 Astasahasrika-prajnaparamita  Mahipala era, c. 983 A.D. A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.   THE PALA SCHOOL  - 11th to 12th Centuries (Continued) India's earliest examples...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting
By editor - 5.12 2016   Mamaki with Vajra on Lotus Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript  Pala School, late 11th c.    A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in devotional paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. Today we begin a summary...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal – Ambika Kalna, Part Six
By editor - 25.11 2016 Krishna Chandraji Temple, Ambika Kalna A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates. Thus far in our series on Ambika Kalna, we have been discussing the pastimes of Lord Caitanya...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal – Ambika Kalna, Part Five
By editor - 23.11 2016 Sri Sri Nitai-Gour and Shyamsundar  Deities Worshipped by Gauridas Pandit Syama-raya Temple, Vrindavan A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates.   Gauridas...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal – Ambika Kalna, Part Four
By editor - 21.11 2016 Vaisnava Kirtanyas Terracotta sculpture, Pratapeswar Temple, Ambika Kalna A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates. Today we continue our exploration of holy sites in West...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal - Kalna, Part Three
By editor - 18.11 2016   Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Footprints at Kalna A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates. As mentioned in previous segments, various pastimes that Lord Caitanya and His...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal - Kalna, Part Two
By editor - 16.11 2016 The Ganges at Kalna  A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates. The ancient town of Kalna, West Bengal is one of the topmost Gaudiya Vaisnava kshetras, being home to Lord...Read more...
Vrindavan Research Institute
BY: KRISHNA DASA - 16.11 2016 No Research at the Vrindavan Research Institute Thousands of devotees visit the ISKCON temple in Vrindavan every day, but out of them, very few even notice a large gate just a few metres away with the name "Vrindavan Research Institute" written on...Read more...
Foundation of Vrindavan Chandrodaya
By editor - 14.11 2016 Foundation of Vrindavan Chandrodaya to be stronger than Burj Khalifa Vrindavan Chandrodaya temple is set to have a stronger foundation than that of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 830 metres. The temple is the world’s tallest temple...Read more...
The Glories of West Bengal
By editor - 14.11 2016 Temple Complex – Kalna, West Bengal A serial presentation of West Bengal kshetras, and the tirthas associated with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His parishad associates. We are pleased to begin a new series today – one that we hope will continue for many...Read more...
Pancharama Kshetras of Tarakasura
By Vanaja Teegavarapu - 13.11 2016 Pancharama kshetras are five (pancha) Shiva Linga Kshetras situated in the present day Andhra Pradesh. These kshetras are also called “Aramas” (places), hence the name “Pancharamalu”. The significance of these temples is that...Read more...
Living Siddhas of India
By Jahnava Nitai Das - 10.11 2016 Living Siddhas of India: A Visit to Nityananda Baba of Odisha A visit to the ashram of Nityananda Baba in Odisha. A very interesting sadhu with much mystic insight. He is accomplished in many forms of esoteric inner yogic sadhana and spends most of...Read more...
A Tribute to Dwaraka
By editor - 5.11 2016 Epics such as Mahabharata have often been described as myths. Dwaraka was submerged by the sea right after the death of Lord Krishna. This was regarded as a grandiose metaphor, part of a story filled with great myths. In the early eighties an important archaeological site...Read more...
Prayag Kalpvaas
By editor - 4.11 2016   Kalpvaas has a special significance in Prayag. It holds special significance in the month of Magh, and it lasts from the 11th day of the month of Paush till the 12th day of the month of Magh. Kalpavas is marked by patience, non-violence and devotion, and meals...Read more...
Prayag Pilgrimages
By editor - 2.11 2016 The area of Prayag is known as the land of Prajapati. From Prayag to Pratishthanpur till the limits of Jhusi, this is said to be the land of serpents, from Vasuki, Kambal and Ashwatar, linked to Nag-bhumi or Sheshnag. This region is said to be spread over 20 kos...Read more...
108 Divya Kshetrams
By editor - 1.11 2016 Introduction: This special edition of Templenet features the 108 temples and celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered in the tamil hymns of the Alwars, of the 1st millennium CE.   The Alwars:   Sri Vaishnavism is one of the   pre-eminent traditions of...Read more...
Tirth Purohit and Prayagwal, Part Two
By editor - 31.10 2016 Ardh and Kumbh Mela Pandas (here and below) An exploration of the Kumbha and Ardh Melas. Mr. Skinner, an English traveler, has written this about the Prayagwal and the mela in 1826 A.D.: "This was a religious fair that congregated at the confluence of two...Read more...
Ardh and Kumbh Mela
By editor - 29.10 2016 Ardh and Kumbh Mela Pandas (here and below) An exploration of the Kumbha and Ardh Melas. Thirthraj is famous in the history of Prayag and also has an ancient relationship with the citizens of Prayag. Prayagwal is the name for a brahmin of high society, including...Read more...
 Creation of Ajanta and Ellora
Pan V. Ranade Edited by Carla Geerdes - 28.10 2016  Creation of Ajanta and Ellora: Cultural Canvas of Saint  It is proposed to present in this script a monumental memoir on the Aesthetics of rock-cut architectonics of the world famous Kailasa cave at Ellora. Rock-cut aesthetics...Read more...
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