Tag: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Middle Eastern Mythologies
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Middle Eastern Mythologies

August 6, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik The Middle East includes Mesopotamia (Iraq), the area watered by the Euphrates and Tigris. To its East is Persia (Iran); to its South is Arabia; to the West is Levant (Near East); and to the North is Anatolia (Turkey). Egypt is also included in the Middle East due to close cultural…

When Lakshmi flows
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When Lakshmi flows

July 30, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth. One of her many names is, Chanchala, the restless and whimsical one, who does not like to stay in one place. She loves to move around and so people are advised not to keep images of her in the house…

Financial lessons from Satyabhama
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Financial lessons from Satyabhama

July 23, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Krishna was raised by cowherds and then he moved from Vrindavan to Mathura and thence to Dwarka, where he married many women, often Princesses from surrounding kingdoms. But his status in the Yadava clan was ensured by his marriage to Satyabhama, daughter of the richest Yadava…

An Unsuitable God
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An Unsuitable God

July 16, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In Vedic mythology we hear how the Ashwin Kumars were unsuitable Gods, not allowed to partake the Soma offering. To get the offering, they approached Dadichi, who said that if he chanted the verses, then his head would split into a thousand pieces. So, the Ashwins…

The Crocodile Wrestling Hero & Modi
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The Crocodile Wrestling Hero & Modi

July 9, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist In Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian and Sumerian imagery, kings are often shown hunting lions and defeating them with their bows to establish their power. Images of the epic hero Gilgamesh often show him holding a lion firmly, as if it were a cat. That image establishes his…

Four-headed Vishnu of Kashmir
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Four-headed Vishnu of Kashmir

June 25, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The Chaturmukha Vishnu is a very rare form of Vishnu once worshipped in Kashmir from the 8th and 9th century, when it was an important centre of Hinduism. The image shows Vishnu with four heads. Three clear faces are those of Vishnu, the Narasimha or the…

The Love-God’s Mother
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The Love-God’s Mother

June 18, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Between the 5th and 10th century C.E., we find the development of Puranic literature. Many stories explained the relationships of Vishnu’s many avatars. One story that merits attention is the story of Pradyumna, the son of Krishna and Rukmini. The story is told very differently in…

When the Vedas Reached South
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When the Vedas Reached South

June 11, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist The mention of Southern States is conspicuously absent in Vedic literature. Hymns of the Rig Veda date back to 1500 BCE. They refer to the Saptasindhu or Indus Valley region. Shatapatha Brahmana, dated to 800 BCE refers to a movement towards what is now Bihar. In…

Lion King of Sri Lanka
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Lion King of Sri Lanka

June 4, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist Once upon a time, there was a Princess of Kalinga, who was abducted by a lion who forced her to bear him a child. The child, Sinhabahu, killed his own father and, for this crime, was told to leave the country on a ship. He travelled…

India’s Tribal Mythologies
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India’s Tribal Mythologies

May 28, 2020

By Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik – Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist When speaking of Indian mythology, the focus is on the stories, symbols and rituals of major religions such as Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. We ignore the mythologies of the various tribal communities of India, who have lived in the subcontinent long before the arrival of Aryan…

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