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April 2017

Hinduism is the major religion of India with a worldwide following of over a billion people. In its original and purest form, it is a sanatana dharma (loosely translated as ‘eternal truth’ or ‘timeless religion’) that represents at least 7,000 years of contemplation, tradition, and continuous development in India. One

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चोरस्सद्मोर्ध्वभेदादररविघटनात्तत्प्रघाणाप्रखाना देडूकच्छेदनाद्वा विशति यदि गृहं तत्र नो नो विचारः | किं त्वस्माकं सुरङ्गाकलनयति पुरे घोषयामास यस्मा त्तस्मादेतत्सुरङ्गाधिप इति बिरुदं प्रोचुरेतत्पुरस्थाः ||   Once, thieves burgled a rich man’s house in a village in the Bobbili province of Andhrapradesh and took away all his belongings. The owner of the house lodged a complaint with the head

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नारायणस्य शय्यायां भोजनं स्यात्तु नोचितम् | कथं साधु तदीयादिजन्मभक्षणमेव वः || Maṅgaleśvara-śāstri once went on a pilgrimage to Puri to see the deity Jagannātha. When he sat down for a meal in the temple at Puri, he was not given a plantain leaf to eat on. He picked a few leaves from

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The epics and mythology of a culture deeply influence art and literature. This is pronounced in the case of India, as our heritage still has the unbroken, living tradition of the sublime epics and their fascinating stories. For close to three millennia, our culture has drawn inspiring themes from these

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भूत्वा पौल्कसकात् प्रपद्य रजकानाभाष्य पौराणिकान् गानस्थानमुपेत्य चाशुकरणानालिङ्ग्य नत्वा कवीन् | वेश्यासद्मनि संप्रविश्य च गता वैद्यस्य पाणिग्रहं भूयो हन्त ! सुवर्णकारसदने सानन्दमास्ते मृषा ||   Naḍimiṇṭi Maṅgaleśvara-śāstri wanted to get some gold jewellery made for his daughter’s marriage and faced a lot of problems with his goldsmith. After having completed the marriage ceremony with some difficulties,

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