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The transformations of Chitrangada
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The transformations of Chitrangada

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist A few days ago I saw the film Chitrangada by Rituparno Ghosh at the Kashish Film Festival. I loved the idea of the film, the outstanding introduction of Tagore’s play Chitrangada within the film, but was not quite happy about the excessive melodrama, trite dialogue and…

Love for Notre Dame
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Love for Notre Dame

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Notre Dame means Our Lady in French. Though popular as a name for the most famous Parisian Church, which recently caught fire, it refers generally to Mary, Mother of Jesus, who plays an important role in Catholic mythology and in medieval European history. The New Testament…

Left is North, Right is South
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Left is North, Right is South

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist When one faces the rising Sun, the back faces the West, the Left hand represents the Northern side and the Right hand represents the Southern side. In Hindu mythology, the left hand is called the Vama-patha or the path of the left hand, which is associated…

Dogs of the Gods
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Dogs of the Gods

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In traditional Hindu society, dogs are considered inauspicious. This is most evident in dharma shastras, which were put together about 2,000 years ago. Dogs were associated with death, as well as with pollution and, therefore, belonged to the periphery of society. Dog-eater was a common way…

The metaphor of the forest
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The metaphor of the forest

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist To understand Hindu mythology, it is critical to understand the metaphor of forests. Forests represent the default wild world, where might is right, where strong prey on the weak; while culture represents the world, where the forest has been domesticated, where might is no longer right,…

Desire’s bow and destiny’s noose
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Desire’s bow and destiny’s noose

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Elections are a time to express desire, while the time in between is to face our destiny. For the arrow of our desire creates the noose of our destiny. In Hindu mythology, desire and destiny are the two principles governing all life. Desire propels action; action…

What came first: The world or life?
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What came first: The world or life?

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist As per scientists, the world began 13 billion years ago with the Big Bang. Earth came into being about 5 billion years ago. And about 4 billion years ago, life emerged on Earth. What we mean by ‘life’ is the appearance of sentience, the appearance of…

For the Love of the Moon
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For the Love of the Moon

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In Hindu astronomy, the sky is divided into 28 parts or nakshatras, based on 28 different constellations, one of which is supposed to have disappeared so effectively that there remain only 27. These constellations or houses are visualised as Goddesses. It is said that the Moon…

Other meanings of a Lotus
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Other meanings of a Lotus

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Draw a square on a piece of paper. Now draw another square over this square, rotating it at a 90-degree angle. You will get an eight-pointed star, pointing to the four cardinal and four ordinal directions. In tantric yantras, this represents the Lotus, which simultaneously symbolises…

Beyond justice and forgiveness
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Beyond justice and forgiveness

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The two ideas may shape our understanding of conflicts, but Hinduism, which is based on karma, is more complex. Whenever we are deeply hurt, a question comes to our mind: do we seek justice through retribution, or do we let go? Justice and forgiveness are two…

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