Happy New Year

Everything new and auspicious is welcomed by Hinduism. The ancient Hindu sages showed their regular respects to the rising sun. To welcome a new born baby we blow conch-shell. Our women raise uluddhani (sound raised by Hindu women by the…

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Climate change and a community

Climate change is a threat to our planet now. Ecological imbalance, global warming, greenhouse effect etc. are much talked throughout the world in recent years. These problems are acute in industrially developed countries.  An agreement to set a goal of…

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Sanctity of a dominant digit

In my childhood I was taught the Bengali numbers in an interesting way. It was somewhat related to Sanatan Hindu theological knowledge. My teacher read out ek (one) chandra (the moon), dui (two) paksha (fortnight), tin (three) netra (eye), char…

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Shankha, pala, loha and sindoor in Hinduism

Hindu married women usually wear shankha (white bangles made of conch shell), pala (red bangles made of red coral), loha (iron bangles) and sindoor (vermilion). Many saints belonging to Sanatan Hindu society also wear sindoor on their forehead. In some…

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Katyayani message from Magura

According to Sanatan Hindu scriptures Rishi Katyayan prayed to Devi Bhagavati and wished Her to be born as his daughter. He did a hard penance for this. Meanwhile, Mahishashura, the king of Asuras (demons), occupied the Heaven and overthrew the…

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Two shrines for Vaishnav devotees

If a Vaishnav devotee utters the name of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the name of his birthplace (Navadwip) springs usually to his/her mind. But most of the devotees do not know the names of two important shrines related to the life and…

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Happy Vijaya

 We’ve just celebrated the biggest festival of Bengali Hindu community named Sharadia (Autumnal) Durga Puja. This year four day long Durgotsav (the festival of Durga Puja) included different rituals as usual. But the last ritual of the festival named `Vijaya’…

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