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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...
Mayurabhanja: The Saura or Early Scythic Influence
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.7 2021 Surya-deva from Ayodhya A detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. In The Archaeological Survey of Mayurabhanja, author Nagendranath Vasu writes: "It is now admitted...Read more...
Himalayas, Kedarnath - Part 6
By editor - 12.7 2021 Kedarnath temple Panch Kedars Parts of Lord Shiva’s body appeared at five places in the Kedarnath area. It is said that the Pandavas built temples at each of these places-Kedarnath, Madhyamaheswar, Rudranath, Tungnath, and Kalpeswara. They are at altitudes...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 88
BY: SUN STAFF - 1.7 2021 Map of the Deccan South, c. 1588 The last in a serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Middle Kingdom Dynasties - Conclusion Today we conclude our lengthy series on the Middle Kingdoms of ancient India...Read more...
Later Vaisnava Influence at Mayurabhanja
BY: SUN STAFF - 1.7 2021 Figure 54. Sri Chaitanyadeva from Pratapapur A detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. "Slowly and steadily was Buddhism supplanted by Hinduism everywhere. The exalted but...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 87
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.6 2021 Chola Empire under Rajendra Chola c. 1030 CE A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Cholas Today we begin the final dynasty in our Middle Kingdoms series -- the Cholas. 'The Early Cholas of...Read more...
Early Vaisnava Influence at Mayurabhanja
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.6 2021 Figure 18. Garuda from Kanisahi A detailed survey of the religious history of Mayurabhanja District in eastern Orissa, conducted by Nagendranath Vasu, c. 1911. While Lord Caitanya's presence in Bengal and Orissa brought the hearts and minds of devotees...Read more...
Himalayas, Gangotri - Part 5
By editor - 28.6 2021 Ganges Descent From The Spiritual World In the Vamana Avatar Lila, Lord Vamana breaks open a hole in the covering of the universe. The Viraja which encircle the material world enters in the universe and the sacred Ganges because it touched the Lotus feet of the Lord...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 86
BY: SUN STAFF - 28.6 2021 Hoysala Temple statuary depicting young warrior Sala, who killed a tiger with his bare hands A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Hoysalas When the Muslims consolidated their hold over North...Read more...
Himalayas, Badrinath - Part 4
By editor - 25.6 2021 Stories Related to Badrinath a) How Lord Vishnu came to Badrinath. Brahma Vaivarta Purana Brahma kanda 29 and 30 chapter contains the reason why Lord Narayan came to Badrinatha. The story begins with sage Narada requesting his Lord Narayan to perform his pastimes...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 85
BY: SUN STAFF - 25.6 2021 Sri Krsna Lifting Govardhana Chennakesava Temple, Belur A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Hoysalas Today we begin the next to last of our Middle Kingdom dynasties in the series. Devotional...Read more...
Panihati Cida Dahi Utsava
BY: SUN STAFF - 25.6 2021 The auspicious observance of the Panihati chipped rice festival is on June 24th. From Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya lila, Chapter 6.43-100: In the village of Panihati, Raghunatha dasa obtained an interview with Nityananda Prabhu, who was accompanied by many kirtana...Read more...
Puri Temple Deities Take Grand Bath on Debasnan Purnima
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 25.6 2021   Debasnan Purnima was observed in Puri Jagannath Temple on Thursday without the congregation of devotees for the second consecutive year owing to Covid pandemic. The Odisha government earlier allowed conduct of Debasnan Purnima, Rath Yatra,...Read more...
Snana Yatra
BY: SUN STAFF - 25.6 2021 Their Lordships Perform Hati Vesha (elephant mask) The Snana Yatra Festival takes place in the month of Jyeshtha. It is also popularly known as the Deba Snana Purnima. This is the first occasion if the year when Their Lordships Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra,...Read more...
Himalayas, Rishikesh - Part 3
By editor - 24.6 2021 Rishikesh is 24 kilometers away from Haridwar, and 245 km northeast of Delhi. It is the place where the clear Ganges leaves the Himalaya Mountains. Rishikesh is good place to stay for a while during the hot months of April to August. Rishikesh is famous as a place to...Read more...
Himalayas, Haridwar - Part 2
By editor - 24.6 2021 Haridwar had many other names like Haradwar, Gangadwar and Svarga dvar. Haradwar indicates that it is the gate from where one can go to Shiva’s places. Haridwar indicates the gate from where one goes to Lord Vishnu’s abode i.e., Badrinath. The name Gangadwar...Read more...
Himalayas - Part 1
By Editor - 24.6 2021 Introduction to Himalayas The word ‘Char dham’ is very popular in India. Sripad Shankaracharya devised an intelligent plan to unite entire India under vedic tradition so that people can travel and see each other’s cultures with in vedic tradition.So...Read more...
Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 84
BY: SUN STAFF - 23.6 2021 Sri Yantra Temple - Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh Built by the Kalachuris A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture. The Kalachuris 'The Kalachuri Empire is the name used by two kingdoms in ancient India...Read more...
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