Tag: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

How Devdutt Saved Buddhism
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How Devdutt Saved Buddhism

December 28, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Buddha had a cousin who often argued with him and opposed him. His name was Devdutt, or Devadatta. He was also Buddha’s brother-in-law. People often ask me if I was named after this anti-Buddha. But I was not. I was named Devdutt because my mother liked…

Tulu Nadu’s Bhootas
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Tulu Nadu’s Bhootas

December 21, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist For the past 2,000 years, maybe even earlier, the Tuluva people have lived in Tulu Nadu, the coastal kingdom of Alva Kheda, once ruled by the Aupas, referred to in the writings of ancient Roman mariners. The symbol of this kingdom, with twin fishes, is very…

Old Rishis, new Rishis
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Old Rishis, new Rishis

December 14, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Hindus believe that knowledge (“veda” in Sanskrit) comes not from a human source, but from nature at large. This knowledge reveals itself to one who is clear in mind and pure of body. Such a person is called a rishi, which means ‘one who can see…

Late Diwali for Shiva
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Late Diwali for Shiva

December 7, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Come Diwali, everyone revisits the story of this festival. It is what people do during festivals, trying to understand their origin. Some seek rational explanations: it is harvest time, and so time to party, for example. Some are happy with narrative explanations that are indifferent to…

Why do Hindus light lamps?
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Why do Hindus light lamps?

November 30, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist It is curious that the practice of lighting lamps seems integral to Hinduism today, but it was not a dominant one in Vedic times, when the fire-altar of the yagna took centre-stage. Perhaps its entry as a ritual owes much to non-Vedic Hinduism.  Lamps slip into…

Bali underfoot
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Bali underfoot

November 16, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist A few months ago, there was a war going on in Kerala about whether Onam has to be celebrated as the annual return during harvest of Maha-bali, the asura-king, from Pa-tala, his subterranean realm or as Vaman Jayanti, the triumph of Vishnu’s dwarf avatar, Vaman over…

Lopamudra’s Consent
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Lopamudra’s Consent

November 9, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In the Rig Veda, most hymns are by male sages. But there are a few by women, the rishikas, some independent and others, wives of sages. Lopamudra is the wife of Agastya and both compose hymns. In her hymn, she expresses her sexual longing and asks…

God of Craftsmen
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God of Craftsmen

November 2, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist If you were a craftsman hailing from the Gangetic Plains, or from Assam, Bengal, or Odisha, it is quite likely that you would have celebrated Vishwakarma Puja, just towards the end of Pitra Paksha, and just before Mahalaya, the first day of Navratri. Pitra Paksha, when…

Cinderella Vrata-Katha
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Cinderella Vrata-Katha

October 27, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist A friend pointed out that the popular fairy tale Cinderella is very much like a vrata-katha: a girl in trouble, tortured by female members of her family, prays to and is saved by a Goddess (fairy Godmother in this case). But grace depends on her following…

Castrated for God
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Castrated for God

October 5, 2017

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In a Guru’s Ashram, I saw a young, beautiful girl who had completely stripped herself of her gender and sexuality: shaven hair, ash on her face, baggy clothes, bare feet, and complete subservience to her Guru, who she referred to as ‘master’. The men were similarly…

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