A Heavenly Healer of Disease

Ghantakarna Puja or Ghetu Puja is a Sanatan Hindu festival observed in many rural areas of the sub-continent. It falls on the 29th solar Phalgun (the 11th month of Bengali calendar). It is also known as Ghetu Sankranti. In some places it is called Bhat Puja, Bhaita Puja or...

A Grand Gala Night

Shivaratri or Shivachaturdashi is one of the important Hindu festivals. It falls on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the Bengali month of Phalguna. Sanatan Hindu scriptures contain many stories and legends describing the origin of this occasion. According to Puranas during the...

Vogue of Veganism

‘Veg’, ‘Non-veg’, ‘Vegetarian’, ‘Vegetarianism’ ‘Vegan’, ‘Veganism’, etc. words are frequently heard nowadays. A growing trend towards ‘Veganism’ is seen among the health conscious people around the world. I would like focus on this topic briefly. The dieticians and physicians are now suggesting the new generation to concentrate on their...

Spirituality in Knowledge, Arts and Crafts

Swaraswati Puja is undoubtedly one of the most popular Hindu religious festivals. It is celebrated with great fervor and gaiety in devotees’ temples, homes, clubs or educational institutions to worship the goddess of knowledge, arts and crafts namely Devi Sarswati. This day is also celebrated as Vasaant Panchami (the...

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 moving of tongue on festive occasions). We also celebrate...

Climate Change and a Community

Climate change is closely related to ecological imbalance of the earth. If one studies the Hindu scriptures, he/she can realize how much importance is given directly or indirectly on ecology or natural elements of our world in Hinduism. The Vedic texts and rituals praise the earth (bhu), the atmosphere...

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 (four) vedas (Hindu religious scriptures), pancha (five) vana (arrows),...