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),...

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 places of India many male persons of this society...

Katyayani Message from Magura

According to Sanatan Hindu scriptures Rishi (sage) 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 gods from their abode. Then Brahma, Vishnu and...

Raas Leela Festival at Two Bangladeshi Sites

Nature plays a vital role in Hinduism. Some gifts of nature like mountains, rivers, oceans, forests etc. are given more importance in Sanatan scriptures. From the Shreemadbhagavat Purana we can know that Lord Krishna performed His Raas (divine pleasure) Leela (play or sport) with Gopis (devotees of Lord Krishna)...

Two Shrines for Vaishnava Devotees

If a Vaishnava 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 Vaishnava shrines related to the life and work of Mahaprabhu. One of these Bangladeshi holy...

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’ is being celebrated still now. The devotees are wishing...

Mahishasura Mardini-A Popular Radio Program

Auspicious Occasion of Mahalaya. It was mid 197os and I was a primary school going boy. I can recollect that I along with my other members of my family awaited the Mahishasura Mardini, a popular and one of the most-listened-to radio programs, aired on (AIR) All India Radio ahead...