Back to Roots : 25 Mala

Often while flipping through the pages of the old scriptures, paintings, albums I always noticed a beaded garland in the hands of many sages or holding of the mala in a meditative state. Eyes closed fingers counting their beads a calm smile.It always intrigued me,how a set of beads, 108 beads  alongwith some mantras could…

Back to Roots : 24 Tilak

Hinduism, or Hindu Mythology is profind and dotted with immense small and big things with much deper meaning. It is observed and it’s an age old practice to apply Tilak in most Hindu rituals like Rakshabandhan, Diwali Puja, Holi, Thread Ceremony etc there is tradition of applying Tilak on the Maatha (forehead). In Hinduism, the…

Back to Roots : 23 Shankh

Since childhood,we have grown up seeing god’s and goddesses with shankh in their hand. One such image is of the lord Vishnu.Since,then my curiosity to dive deep into the spiritual world knew no end. Fir those,who stand u aware of the benefits of blowing shankh,I have consolidated the meaning for you. It can provide a…

Back to Roots : 22 Swatik

Something’s have stood around for hundreds of years, do much so that we take it’s existence for granted,and don’t care much to know the story behind it. Hinduism,is synonymous to Swastik,it’s the symbol of peace and prosperity.Which is why every hindu homes adorn the design on their doors. ‘Swastika’ is a Sanskrit word (‘svasktika’) which…

Back to Roots : 21 Maha Shivratri

SHIVARATRI IS THE NIGHT OF THE UNION BETWEEN CONSCIOUSNESS AND ENERGY Shivaratri or Maha Shivratri,as per the legends is known as the “Great night of Shiva.” which happens to be on the 13th night of the month of “Phalguna” which comes in the month of February/March. While some think Shivratri comes a year, they need…

Back to Roots : 20 Nandi

Nandi is the virtue for loyalty and wait. The greatness of the Lord Shiva has been sung since time immortal. But rarely do we speak about the bull in front of the shiv lings in the temple. I recall vivdly visiting shiv temples as a child, and seeing the bull in front of the temple,…

Back to Roots : 19 Mantras

“Om Gan Ganapatay Namaha” Hinduism has many small and big spokes around them. Sitting down to understand Hinduism, we need to also spend time to understand that there are many aspects of it. Mantra,is one such part that contributes to the spirituality part of it. Mantra is a two word understanding, ‘man’ means mind ‘tya’…

Back to Roots : 18 Supari

It’s gets very intriguing to know that everything we use in our puja has a  wonderful story. Origin of the Supari is very old and ancient, it’s always has had a huge significance. Supari or the areca nut ( or ) is the seed of the areca palm (Areca catechu), which grows in much of…

Back to Roots : 17 Hinduism

It’s interesting to see how everything is linked to each other. The word Hindu is derived from Hindustan. While in Persia it’s referred to as Hind which also means hindostam. Researching little more on the name, I came to know  the actual term of  ‘hindu’ whenit first occurred, “a Persian geographical term for the people…

Back to Roots : 16 Importance of Animals in mythology

Mythology has many hidden meanings and folklores. It’s like a treasure hunt,the more we dig into the ocean of knowledge, the more we want to dive into it. I fondly recall, listening to stories of gods and goddesses and their animals. Little did I realise each of them have a meaning. Now that I deal…