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Mahavir Jayanti: Birth of an enlightened soul

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most important festivals for the Jain community. The festival symbolises their faith and commitment to the high ideals of Lord Mahavira who preached non-violence and non-attachment. This is the story behind the famous festival.

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Mysterious Ways of Goddess Ganga

The Mahabharata tells us the story of Ganga and her husband Shantanu - she was his gorgeous wife with whom the king lived a serene life. But she kept drowning their sons in the river as soon as they were born, as Shantanu watched in horror. But why did his wife kill all their children?

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Kathopanishad: Boons from the King of Death

The Upanishads summarise the intellectual and moral authority of the Vedas through anthologies. The inward journey to the non-temporal self is described in these stories. In the Kathopanishad, a little boy named Nachiketa approaches Yama, the King of Death, and asks for three boons, one of which was the impossible request.

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Kathopanishad: What comes after death?

The Upanishads anthologize the Vedas' intellectual and moral authority. They describe the inner journey to the non-temporal self. As described in the Kathopanishad, Nachiketa approaches Yama, the King of Death, who explains to him what happens to the soul after death. King Yama offers a detailed explanation to Nachiketa which eventually led to him being jivanmukta.

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Devas versus Asuras: Retelling of Upanishads

Brihadaranyaka means "huge wilderness", and was taught in the woods. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is widely recognized for its philosophical statements and is ascribed to Yajnavalkya. It looks at reality as being ineffable and its nature to be infinite. It is a very lengthy work with various parts. This series covers a few important themes.

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How Kumbh Mela Represents The Vibrancy of Sanatan Dharma

According to UNESCO, the Kumbh Mela is the world's biggest gathering of individuals of Hindu heritage. All facets of life, from hospitality and spirituality to intellectualism, are brought together on a journey that depicts the vast and diverse culture of India in a celebration of salvation.

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Samudra Manthan And The Extraction of Immortality Nectar

The Bhagavad Gita narrates the story of Samudra Manthan, which tells the story of the trials and tribulations of obtaining Amrith, or immortality nectar, from the heavenly ocean. Seeking Shiva's help in swallowing poison, disguised damsels, and warfare between the Devas and the Asuras all contributed to the Amrita's eventual appearance after years of laborious churning.

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Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

The only useful purpose of the present birth is to turn within and realize the Self.” A man who was loved globally, whose teachings encompassed self-inquiry and removal of ignorance in the Sadhak. This is his story of enlightenment, Shri Ramana Maharshi, according to whom Self-Inquiry was the fastest path to liberation.

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Unravelling the history of menstruating women not entering temples

Women's menstruation is governed by several regulations, converting a natural biological event into one fraught with constraints and humiliation. But when did these rules become about impurity or sin in history? Were these norms part of a formidable system of human knowledge, or were they the repressive norms we know today? We investigate why a menstruating female was told not to visit a temple and question our perspective from oppression to unity and rationality founded in our roots.

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Sushruta Samhita: Surgical Knowledge From Over 2000 years ago

How old is the Sushrutha Samhita, one of the oldest medical literature in the history of the world? This Samhita contributed greatly to several fields of medicine today – plastic surgery, fractures, cataract surgery, and several medical conditions along with remedies.