Tag: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Sarna, the Harappan Tree Goddess
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Sarna, the Harappan Tree Goddess

November 26, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist One of the things in the about 4,000-year-old Harappan seals is the value placed on trees. There is the peepal tree and the babool (acacia) tree that have been identified. The peepal tree is identified by its characteristic wide tapering leaves. The babool tree is identified…

Axe of Parasurama
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Axe of Parasurama

November 19, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu, also one of the most controversial ones. This is why we do not see many temples dedicated to him. If we do, we find them along the Konkan coast and Karnataka, as a subsidiary shrine, in temples related to…

Nine Forms Of Durgas
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Nine Forms Of Durgas

November 5, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The concept of Nava-durga is extremely popular during Navaratri. Navaratri refers to the nine nights that lead to the celebration of Vijayadashami. The Goddess is worshipped in nine forms. The nine forms are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Kaatyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddharaatri. These are…

Divine domestic discords
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Divine domestic discords

October 15, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist One day Vishnu met Shiva, and they both complained about their domestic situation. Shiva said, “Gauri, my wife who I place on my lap, gets annoyed that I prefer my other wife, Ganga who sits on my hand. The two never get along. She gets so…

Laughter is Power
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Laughter is Power

October 8, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist On the day of Rama’s coronation, in the middle of the royal court, Lakshman started to laugh. Everyone wondered who was Lakshman laughing at. Was he laughing at Ayodhya, victim of Palace politics who had to bow before a pair of footwear for 14 years? Was…

Born of Brahma’s hair
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Born of Brahma’s hair

October 1, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Plants play a key role in Hindu mythology. Plants are seen as sacred, sometimes deities by themselves, and sometimes as key offerings in a ritual. It all starts with the veneration of Soma, a mysterious hallucinogenic herb, referred to in the Rig Veda that is simultaneously…

Lakshmi helps us define who’s God and who’s not
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Lakshmi helps us define who’s God and who’s not

September 24, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Everyone needs, and wants Lakshmi in Hindu mythology: Devas, Asuras, Rakshasas, Yakshas. But each one’s relationship with wealth is different. Some like Ram and Duryodhana are lucky, they are born in rich families. Ram is a positive, divine character, in the Ramayana but Duryodhana is a…

Sarna, the Harappan Tree Goddess
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Sarna, the Harappan Tree Goddess

September 17, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist One of the things in the about-4,000-year-old Harappan seals is the value placed on trees. There is the peepal tree and the babool (acacia) tree that have been identified. The peepal tree is identified by its characteristic wide tapering leaves. The babool tree is identified by…

Was Harappa a Jain Civilisation?
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Was Harappa a Jain Civilisation?

September 10, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The Harappan civilisation thrived in the Indus Valley 4,500 years ago, roughly around the time the pyramids were being built in Egypt. It is famous for its grid-like cities. Here, we find a seal of a man sitting in a yogic position, surrounded by wild animals….

When Shiva used His Trident
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When Shiva used His Trident

September 3, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Some of the oldest and most spectacular images of Shiva are found in Elephanta and Ellora, cave temples built by Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas roughly 1,500 years ago, when a new form of Hinduism, based on Puranas and Hindu trinity began overshadowing the old Vedic and Buddhist…

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