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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 7
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.7 2021 Chidambaram Nataraja Temple and Siva-ganga Tank A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya. Kamakosthi-puri In the summary of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya lila 9, we read that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu made a stop at Kamakosthi-puri...Read more...
Lord Jagannatha's Thursday Rituals
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.7 2021 Snana-yatra Bathing Mandap   While Snana Yatra is one of the year's most famous bathing ceremonies for Lord Jagannatha, Baladev and Subhadra at their Jagannatha Puri abode, there is another less well known bathing ceremony that takes place every...Read more...
Govt of India Notifies Srila Prabhupada Coin
By editor - 22.7 2021 Dear Maharajas and Prabhus, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. ISKCON Communications & SP125 Committee are happy to inform you all that the Government of India has issued the rules and a notification to legally recognize the...Read more...
The Temple of Jagannath at Puri
By editor - 212.7 2021 The Temple of Jagannath at Puri An English essay written by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in 1871 (The Temple of Jagannath at Puri) describes the history of the establishment of the great temple in Purī, Orissa. This piece also addresses the hypocrisy of temple priests...Read more...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 6
BY: SUN STAFF - 20.7 2021 Mahendragiri Peak, Panagudi Western Ghats  A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya. Mahendra-saila Hill Today we continue on to another of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's tirtha-yatra visits in South India, as summarized in Caitanya...Read more...
The Temples of Himachal Pradesh
BY: SUN STAFF - 20.7 2021 Sarahan Temple From ancient times, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh was known as 'Devabhoomi', or the abode of the Gods. Rimmed by splendid peaks along the Himalayan mountain range, the Himachal valley is home to more than two thousands temples. While...Read more...
ISKCON India Supporter for UN's Ending Single-Plastic Challenge
By: Raasbhakti Devi Dasi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Govardhan Ecovillage - 19.7 2021 ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage's offering for Srila Prabhupada's 125th anniversary: waging war with single-use plastic in India. At present, there are already more than 43,000 youth...Read more...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 5
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.7 2021 Krtamala (Vaigai) River in Stormy Weather   A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.   Krtamala River In the introductory summary of Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya lila 9, HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur notes that...Read more...
Rajapur Lord Jagannatha Temple
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.7 2021 THEIR LORDSHIPS SRI SRI JAGANNATHA, BALADEVA, SUBDHARA AT RAJAPUR (Chandana Yatra dress) Rajapur Jagannatha Temple at Sri Simantadvipa Island of Sri navadvipa-Mayapur Dhama by Chandan Bhatia.   JAGANNATHA PURI DHAMA IN SRI NAVADVIPA DHAMA This area is...Read more...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.7 2021 Tamraparni River at Tirunelveli A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.   Tamraparni In Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya lila 9, we read about the Lord's travels in South India, where he stopped at a place called Tamraparni in...Read more...
Lord Caitanya's Jagannath Deities
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.7 2021 Lord Caitanya's Jagannatha Deities Sri Rangam   In the year 1510 A.D., Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu traveled to South India, spending four months of Caturmasya Vrata, the monsoon season, at the home of a brahman known as Vyenkatta Bhatta. During His...Read more...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.7 2021 Hogenakkal Waterfalls on River Kaveri, Tamil Nadu A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya. Kaveri-tira In Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya lila 9, we find HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's summary of the holy places visited by Lord Caitanya...Read more...
Mayurabhanja: Conclusion
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.7 2021  The last in a serial presentation of the detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. The Later Vaisnava period in Mayurabhanja was followed by various Jaina, Buddhist and...Read more...
Rath Yatra Celebrated Without Devotees at Puri
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 16.7 2021   The 3-km Grand Road, facing the Jagannath Temple in Puri, immersed in religious fervour as the sibling gods Jagannath, Balabhadra and goddess Subhadra set off their annual vacation to their birthplace at Gundicha Temple on Monday, marking Rath...Read more...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.7 2021 Payasvini River at Pulikunnu, Kasaragod A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.   Payasvini River As mentioned in the opening segment of this series, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's famous travels throughout South India are...Read more...
Lord Jagannatha's Ratha Yatra
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.7 2021 Baladeva, Subhadra and Jagannath Ravi Varma Lithograph, c. 1885 As Lord Jagannatha's annual Ratha Yatra commences today, without the direct attendance of throngs of ecstatic devotees in Puri Dham, Their Lordships are carried in the hearts of all devotees. In...Read more...
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.7 2021 Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana Party   A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya. Today we begin an exploration of many of the towns and villages, temples, shrines and theerthams visited by Lord Caitanya and His associates during His...Read more...
Mayurabhanja: The Naga Worshippers
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.7 2021 Fig 14. Nagamata from Koisari A detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. Author N. Vasu completes his chapter on the Saura and worship of the Sun God (Surya) with an...Read more...
A British documentary on Jagannath Puri
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.7 2021 The Jagannath Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath, a form of Vishnu, in Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India. The present temple was rebuilt from the 10th century onwards,...Read more...
Sri Ratna Bhandar in Jagannath Puri Mandir
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.7 2021 By Lalmohan Patnaik for Orissan Review. Sri Jagannath Temple in Shrikshetra Puri is popularly known as Sri Mandir. The most precious property of Sri Mandir is Sri Ratna Bhandar. According to the rules and practices of Sri Mandir, the gold, jewels, etc. offered to...Read more...
Mayurabhanja: The Saura or Early Scythic Influence, Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.7 2021 Fig 5. Yama from Balasor  A detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. Though the most ancient scriptures of the Hindus point to the fact that the Indo-Aryans had been...Read more...
Places of Spiritual Importance in Puri Dham, Part 2
By editor - 13.7 2021 Indradyumna Tank, Puri A two part summary of tirthas in the holy Puri Dham, adapted from an article by Saumya Ranjan Swain. Continuing our exploration of the sacred sites at Jagannatha Puri Dham, down the main road of town near the Gundicha Mandir is a very old...Read more...
Places of Spiritual Importance in Puri Dham, Part 1
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.7 2021   Siddha Bakula Tree Jagannatha Puri Dham A survey of tirthas in the holy Puri Dham, adapted from an article by Saumya Ranjan Swain. About a quarter mile from the Jagannatha temple, walking towards the beach, is Sidha Baluka, where 500 years ago, the...Read more...
Mayurabhanja: The Saura or Early Scythic Influence, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.7 2021  A detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. "Traces of the ancient Mitra-cult are still to be found at Ayodhya, Puranagao, Kanisahi, and Domagandara in Nilgiri State (...Read more...
Mayurabhanja: The Saura or Early Scythic Influence, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.7 2021 Part Four in a serial presentation of the detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. "In the Madhya Radha (Modern Burdwan) where the Radhiya section of the Angirasa Brahmanas...Read more...
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