Tag: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

God in Indian history
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God in Indian history

March 4, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist We don’t know if the idea of God existed in the cities of the Indus Valley over 5,000 years ago. The seals with their images and symbols do suggest an awareness of the idea of the sacred. Symbols found such as the bull, the elephant, the…

Fox with nine tails
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Fox with nine tails

February 18, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In ancient China, the belief was that as the common red fox grew older, it would get supernatural powers. Its colour would change and its tails would multiply. Therefore, with the passage of time, an older fox would turn white and grow up to nine tails….

Religion in Prehistoric India
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Religion in Prehistoric India

February 11, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Humans domesticated fire around 3,00,000 years ago. We started using tools around that time. But, the human brain evolved to its current size roughly 2,00,000 years ago. We migrated out of Africa into India, 50,000 years ago. So, when do we find the earliest signs of…

Mothers and Daughters of Rishi Bharadvaja
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Mothers and Daughters of Rishi Bharadvaja

February 4, 2021

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Bharadvaja is a famous Rishi in ancient Hindu lore, listed as one of the Sapta Rishis, or the seven celestial sages. Bharadvaja is one of the sages that Ram meets on his exile. It was he who asked Indra to give him knowledge of Ayurveda, so…

Nine forms of Durgas
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Nine forms of Durgas

January 15, 2021

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…

Radha Tantra
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Radha Tantra

December 17, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist About 400 years ago, a Shakta text was composed in Sanskrit language, probably in Bengal. It was called Radha Tantra. It was a response to the rising tide of the Chaitanya Vaishnava movement, where Krishna is the supreme divine being and Radha is the subordinate. From…

Did Karuppu Swamy live 12,000 years ago?
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Did Karuppu Swamy live 12,000 years ago?

December 11, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist So, the Government has appointed a committee to delve into the “true” history of India, starting from 12,000 years ago, since the Ice Age, which Hindutva historians assume is the “pralaya” of the Puranas. The committee has only “upper” caste men. No one from below the…

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…

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