India

The Sun Temple of Konark
By editor - 3.3 2021 Magnificent in its construction, the temple of the Sun at Konark (a.k.a Konarak), about twenty miles northeast of Puri, has been hailed as the supreme achievement of the architectural genius of Orissa, coming as it did at the apex of continuous development for centuries...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 29
BY: SUN STAFF - 3.3 2021 A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Harsha Vardhana 'Harshavardhana's father, Prabhakarvardhana, was from Thanesar. His brother followed Hinayana Buddhism while, according to Bana, Harsha...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 14
BY: SUN STAFF - 2.2 2021 Kadambh-vriksha on Cheer Ghat Where Krsna stole the gopis cloth By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur. Nanda's Friend and Minister Upananda This Sahara-grama is the residence of Upananda. He was very elderly and expert in giving guidance." Upananda...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 28
BY: SUN STAFF - 2.3 2021 King Harshavardhana Silver Dramma, (ruled 606-647 A.D.) A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Harsha Vardhana After the collapse of the Gupta Empire, inhabitants of the Gangetic plains fractured...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 13
BY: SUN STAFF - 2.3 2021 Kusum Sarovar, Mathura By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur. Kamyavana (Continued) At this place, mother Yashoda, after taking Radha on her lap would tearfully send Her back to Yavat. Who can describe with one mouth the affection of mother Yashoda towards the...Read more...
ISKCON Desire Tree Launches New Satellite TV Channel
By: Radha Rasikraj Das - 1.3 2021 Started in  2002 on Nityananda Trayodashi, ISKCON Desire Tree has been serving the Vaishnava community with various offerings: launching and maintaining 50+ websites, creating 100+ mobile applications  hosting an audio website with 250,000...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 23
BY: SUN STAFF - 1.3 2021 The last of the Miracle Plays of Mathura.   The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Five   UDDHAV: Song There is nothing under my control, that I may devise a remedy. If Mohan be kindly, then I shall go and ask this very boon, If he would...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 27
BY: SUN STAFF - 1.3 2021 The rock-cut Buddhist viharas and chaityas of Ajanta Caves, built under the patronage of the Vakataka rulers A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.   The Vakatakas 'The Vakataka Empire was a...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 12
BY: SUN STAFF - 26.2 2021 Kusum Sarovar, Mathura   By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur. Kamyavana (Continued) "See here enchanting Krishna-kunda. Here in Sanketa innumerable pastimes were performed that no one could understand. The people of Nanda-grama and Barshana would...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 22
BY: SUN STAFF - 26.2 2021 Anxiety of Separation Gujari Ragini from Ragmala, c. 1600   The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Four   UDDHAV: Song Listen to Uddhav's preaching, O ladies of Braj, The treasury of beauty, virtue, charm, and all good qualities, The...Read more...
Melukote
By editor - 25.2 2021 Ramanujacharya spent at least twelve years in Melukote (may-lu-ko-tay), setting up strict standards of deity worship still followed today. Melukote is also referred as Thirunarayanapuram or Yadavagiri or Vedagiri (means Veda hill from which Lord Dattatreya instructed...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 26
BY: SUN STAFF - 25.2 2021 Lord Narayan (center) in Lakshman Temple, Sirpur A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.   The Guptas In the following essay by P. Bakshi & D. Bhoi of Bhubaneswar on the Narayan Cult in Orissa...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 21
BY: SUN STAFF - 24.2 2021 Vanishing of Krsna The Gopis Imitate Krsna's Childish Play The Miracle Plays of Mathura.   The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Three KRSNA: No, brother. Please tell my mother this also: Song O Uddhav, please tell mother! O Uddhav,...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 11
BY: SUN STAFF - 24.2 2021 Krishna Refusing the Crown of Mathura Malwa/Mewar, c. 1560 By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.   Kamyavana In the Adi-varaha Purana it is stated: "The fourth forest is Kamyavana, the best of all. O goddess, a person who goes there is glorified...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 25
BY: SUN STAFF - 23.2 2021 Gold dinar, Samudragupta, Gupta Dynasty, c. 335-380 A.D. The Skanda Collection, ACSAA A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.   The Guptas In our last segment we gave a brief outline of the great...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 20
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.2 2021 Searching for Krsna The Miracle Plays of Mathura.   The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Two New Scene : Mathura Krsna is sitting on the throne. There is an attendant nearby. KRSNA: Where is there happiness here like that of Braj? The banyan...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 10
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.2 2021 Krishna, Balarama and Gopas on the banks of the Yamuna, Mathura Jaipur, Rajasthan, c. 1850 By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur. The Purpose of Rupa Gosvami's Visit to Radha-kunda Raghava continued narrating, "Rupa Gosvami was staying at Vrindavana,...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 9
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.2 2021 Ghats on the River Jumna, Mathura William Simpson, c. 1865 By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur. The Good Fortune of the Brahmana Devotee of Baladeva Who Lived at Govardhana O Shrinivasa, there was a rich brahmana everyone knew who lived near Govardhana. He...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 24
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.2 2021 Krsna Killing the Keshi Demon Uttar Pradesh terracotta Gupta period, 5th c. (321–500 A.D.) A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.   The Guptas 'The Classical Age refers to the period...Read more...
Puri Jagannath Temple Body Approves Design of Heritage Corridor
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 18.2 2021   The Puri Jagannath Temple managing committee on Monday approved the final architectural design of Shree Jagannath Heritage Corridor (SJHC) project. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had released the draft design of the SJHC project on December 30...Read more...
Tirth Purohit and Prayagwal, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.2 2021 Ardh and Kumbh Mela Pandas (here and below) 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 rivers. I did not...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 19
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.2 2021 The Miracle Plays of Mathura.   The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part One Our extended series of articles on the Miracle Plays of Mathura, based on a book of that title by author Norvin Hein, will conclude this week with a five-day presentation of...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 23
BY: SUN STAFF - 17.2 2021 Lord Buddha Indo-Greek, Gandhara, 1-2nd c. A.D.  A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.   The Mahameghavahana Dynasty As noted in our last segment, it was King Khāraveḷa of the...Read more...
Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 8
BY: SUN STAFF - 17.2 2021 By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur. The Places of Krishna's Lila Surrounding Govardhana Shri Raghava took Shrinivasa and Narottama to see the places near Govardhana where Krishna had performed His pastimes, and he described them all one by one. The place...Read more...
Tirth Purohit and Prayagwal
BY: SUN STAFF - 17.2 2021 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...
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