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What Vastu Shastra Says About Your Home
Vastu Shastra | “Science of Architecture” In Sanskrit: Vāstu: a dwelling or house with a corresponding plot of land Shastra: loosely means doctrine or teaching Similar to the Chinese practice of “feng shui,” Vastu Shastra are principles of design, layout, measurements,...
Funeral Rites in Hinduism
Three Phases Since a person’s spirit/soul (atman) is believed to be permanent, and live beyond the body it leaves behind, there are three phases in a Hindu funeral that help the soul move through this journey. Wake (Visitation) Done within...
Death in Hinduism
Reincarnation  A person’s spirit/soul (atman) is permanent; it lives beyond a biological death. Whereas, the physical body is a temporary placeholder, something you leave behind (with the rest of your material belongings) when you die. It is akin to if...
Is Ayurveda Connected to Hinduism?
Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine that is believed it have originated in India. It encourages very specific lifestyle changes and therapies that are meant to be grounded in nature to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit,...
What's the Sattvic Diet?
"Recent studies suggest that the sugar-laden and high-fat foods we often crave when we are stressed or depressed, as comforting as they may seem, are the least likely to benefit our mental health. Instead, whole foods such as vegetables, fruit,...
Why do Hindus prefer the right hand?
A 2017 study in Italy claimed that the dominant hand can be determined in the womb when the fetus is just 18 weeks old. Despite the dominant hand developing naturally so early, when it comes to worshiping in temple or...
Karwa Chauth
A festival celebrating the relationship between… spouses or female friends? Karwa: A small, earth-based pot for waterChauth: Fourth, since the holiday falls on the 4th day of the waning moon cycle Karwa Chauth is traditionally celebrated by married women for the...
The 9 Avatars of Durga Devi (aka Navadurga)
Each of these is a form Durga took in her battle with Mahishasura and represents the nine days of Navratri. Shailaputri | "Daughter of a mountain" My name means born out of the peak. I represent the highest level of...
The Significance of Navratri Golu
Navratri Golu is also known as Kolu Bommai, Kolu meaning Doll and Bommai meaning Dance. What is Golu? It is a festive tiered display of dolls and figurines of people, gods and goddesses in South Indian -- specifically Tamil, Kannada and Telugu -- families...
The Origins of Garba
"Garba" comes from the Sanskrit word garbha, meaning "womb." Traditionally, the dance is performed by women in a circle around a clay lantern with a light inside, which symbolizes the body, within whom divinity (in the form of the Goddess)...
How is Navratri Celebrated Across India?
What is Navratri? (Sharad) Navratri is a 9 day festival held across Hindu spheres to celebrate Durga's victory against her 9 day long battle with a demon named Mahishasur. It's usually celebrated in October in a variety of ways based...
Why do we immerse Ganesh in water?
The History Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of Ganesh's birthday. It's a 10 day long festival, marked by prayers, religious ceremonies, and large processions which ultimately culminates to a Visarjan on the last day. This year, the Visarjan falls on...
Ganesh & His Family
Ganesh's Birth Goddess Parvati created Ganesh out of turmeric one day so that he could guard the door while she took a bath. Lord Shiva came home and, not knowing Ganesh was his "newborn son," was furious at him for...
Krishna & His Siblings
We've heard the story of Krishna's birth, but how much do we know about his siblings? Balarama Balaram is the elder half-brother of Krishna, born to the same father Vasudeva and a surrogate mother, Rohini. Balaram is sometimes considered to...
(Other) Famous Siblings in Hinduism
We've all heard of Ram and Lakshman and the Pandava brothers. But here are some other lesser known siblings from Hindu theology, in celebration of Raksha Bandhan. Yamuna & Yamraj The story of Yamuna and Yamaraj is one of the...
Hindu Traditions for Newborns
In the Hindu culture, the birth of a baby brings forth a wide range of traditions. Here are some of them... Godh Bharai Sanskrit: SIMANTONAYANA 7 months pregnant Prior to the baby's birth, a prayer is recited in honor of...
Rain in Hinduism
Once upon a time... In Mathura, as people were preparing a puja for the King of Heaven, Lord Indra. Lord Krishna, who was just a child at the time, questioned as to why they were doing this. They explained, in...
Is Sanskrit the Mother of All Languages?
It is also called Dev Vani, the language of gods. Sanskrit was developed by sages as a sacred, musical, sound of language. Sanskrit is the root of all Indo-European languages. The script, grammar, and phonetics of Sanskrit language are such...
The Story Behind Ratha Yatra
Once upon a time... Lord Krishna's evil uncle, Kamsa, tried countless tactics to kill him over the years. In yet another failed ploy to have Krishna and his older brother, Balarama, killed, Kamsa invited them to Mathura for a wrestling...
A Mom of 2 Shares Her Journey Through PCOS and Infertility
How did the doctor determine you were experiencing infertility?A typical marker of infertility is the inability to conceive after trying with no successful results after a full year. I experienced an unexpected ectopic pregnancy that kickstarted my search for answers....
Fertility in Hinduism
There are many Hindu deities associated with fertility, the primary one of these being Lord Shiva. The crescent moon represents changing seasons, and thus, menstrual cycles in many cultures Because of its ability to shed skin, the snake represent rebirth....