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Srimad Bhagavad Gita : A Journey of Bhakti & Self Discovery
Bhagavad Gita in Hindu tradition is a one-of-its-kind book, filled with the holiness of the Vedas. The timelessness of Gita’s message can be seen from the fact that great sages such as Adi Shankaracharya and Ramanujacharya read and wrote commentaries on the text, starting a tradition of literature create around Gita which continues to date. People from different faiths and countries see a reflection of their lives in the pages of the Bhagavad Gita, which speaks for the awe-inspiring wide range of this ancient text.
Published in Feb 2023
5 Ways to Style Your Banarasi Silk Sarees for an Elevated Look
Discover different ways to wear Banarasi sarees and make a fashion statement at events. Choose from various styles such as Neck Drape, Bengali, Lehenga, Dhoti, and Pant styles with tips and tricks to enhance your look. Experiment with new styles and add versatility to your traditional Indian attire.
Published in Feb 2023
Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas: Best English Translations
In modern times, when the divine path of Hinduism is becoming even more popular and significant, the seminal texts of the Hindu faith have a vital role in its dissemination. These texts interact with the enthusiastic and knowledge-seeking reader and lead them into the enlightened world of ancient Indian culture. Exotic India Art is here with a list of some of the best English translations of important Hindu religious books, which can be used by anyone who wishes to learn and practice the ways of Hindu life and thought.
Published in Jan 2023
Top Hindu Religious Book Wholesalers in Exotic India
The mentioned list is only a few, handpicked bestselling and internationally applauded publishers with whom Exotic India Art has joined hands to succeed in our vision of making the world aware of the essence of ancient Hindu culture. Our website houses a plethora of books in Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, and other Indian regional languages. We invite you to look through our collection and experience the endless depth of Hindu wisdom, through books from the publishers you trust.
Published in Jan 2023
Ten Books You Should Read To Understand Hindu Religion
The universality of Hinduism- the culture of ancient Indian sages, ascetics, and great beings stems from its messages which are powerfully relevant in every context. This is one of the major reasons why books on Hinduism have a worldwide readership, a trend that has seen an increase in modern times. People looking to enhance their knowledge of the ancient religious tradition continuously look for authentic and profound literary sources. We are here with a carefully chosen list of ten books that you should read to understand the Indian religion and experience the depth of Hinduism.
Published in Jan 2023
5 Hindu Religious Book Recommendations for Bloggers
The sources of Hinduism- books, art, oral traditions, and practices are the repositories of the pearls of primordial knowledge, through which anyone can experience the beauty of the Hindu religion. The sheer number of books on the Hindu religion is mind-blowing, owing to the fact of India’s geographical, cultural and linguistic vastness, and listing the “best” or “a few” is a task next to impossible. According to Hindu tradition itself, the sacred books are assembled into certain groups of texts, representing the prevalent ideas and practices of a particular period in Indian cultural history. In this article, we will explore five of these textual traditions, and suggest 5 book recommendations for Hindu religious book bloggers.
Published in Jan 2023
Is It Good To Keep Mahabharata Book At Home?
Yes. Not only is it good to keep the Mahabharata at home, but it is advised to keep the book at home due to the sacredness and auspiciousness it brings. Veda Vyasa, the great sage who wrote the master text himself underlines that he has “collected the soul of the Vedas, Puranas, ancient laws, ideas on education, details of tirthas, etc” in this work. Even the Upanishadic sages treat Itihasa Purana (Ramayana and Mahabharata) as the “Pancham Veda” (Fifth Veda). Thus, in a way the Mahabharata is an amalgamation of the supreme ancient knowledge which is the foundation of Indian culture. Let us have a closer look at this mighty text and its contents to understand why one should bring a Mahabharata book home.
Published in Jan 2023
Which city in South India Is Known For Silk Sarees?
Women consider the Silk Saree collection as an asset. An authentic, finely woven silk Saree can last for generations if maintained well. So, it is no wonder that Indian women prefer their wedding Sarees in silk fabric. Moreover, it's a blissful way of celebrating if a girl wears her grandmother's Saree on traditional occasions. Wedding Saree shopping in India must include a Kanchipuram Silk along with a Banarasi Silk Saree.
Published in Jan 2023
When a Nation Worships the Sun : Tradition of Makara Sankranti Across India
Even though there is no single, common name or way of celebrating Makara Sankranti in India, the festival gives you one of those rare moments, in which the fact of India’s “unity in diversity” can be appreciated in all its glory. As one learns about the regional variations of Sankranti in the country, a unified picture begins to appear. A picture that is complemented by delicious food, luxurious Indian ethnic fashion, and a collective awareness of the role of mother nature in human life. It is in these festivals celebrated throughout the country, that the splendor of the ancient spirit of Hindu culture can be witnessed. On our journey, you will get to meet the local dishes and culture, while getting a few tips in festive ethnic style from the women of India.
Published in Jan 2023
Medicine For The Soul: The Four Noble Truths Of The Buddha
A person who does not follow the path laid by the Four Noble Truths is called “puthujjana” or an ordinary man. When one is initiated into Buddhism by proclaiming refuge in Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, the journey to enlightenment begins. Practicing the Eight-Fold Path unwaveringly makes a person a “Once Returner”- who is born only once in the human realm and their other rebirths occur in the abode of the gods. Buddhists with higher spiritual merit win over the urges of subtle sensual desires and animosity and become Non-returners. Moving further, a holy person reaches closer to becoming an Arahat and finally attains Arahathood.
Published in Dec 2022
How To Worship Or Pray Kamdhenu At Home?
Kamadhenu Pooja is dedicated to the Holy Cow Kamadhenu, she is the mother of all cows on earth. She is equated with mother earth as she nourishes and feeds all living beings on earth. Here is a simple procedure to perform worship of the cow. Vidhi or Vidhanam is the term used to describe how to perform or procedure.
Published in Nov 2022
Who Built Nandi Statue?
The Statue of Nandi is greatly admired and venerated by the people of Hampi and is believed to protect the town. Although little damaged over the natural course of time, the statue still looks beautiful and attracts tourists. The site of the statue is also the main location for Vijaya Utsav, the Hampi Arts festival which is held in November every year.
Published in Nov 2022
How Do You Keep A Kamdhenu Statue In Your House?
Kamadhenu is known by another name, ‘Surabhi’, meaning fragrance. Hindus worship her and seek her blessings to attain prosperity and success in life. Hindus also look up to the divine cow as a symbol of fertility and purity. That’s why Kamadhenu is often depicted along with her calf.
Published in Nov 2022
Why Yaganti Nandi Is Growing?
Yaganti temple was constructed by King Harihara Bukka Raya of the Sangama Dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. The temple dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries with contributions from Pallavas, Cholas, Chalukyas, and Vijayanagara rulers. It has been built according to Vaishnavaite traditions.
Published in Nov 2022
What Is The Best Wood For A Sculpture: Durability
There are several kinds of wood used by Indian wood crafters for carving their stunning icons. These woods are chosen keeping in mind the rules laid down by ancient Shilpashastra and the requirement of Hindu Puja, in which the divine idol is treated regularly with Snana (ritual bathing), rubbing fragrant pastes such as Sandalwood paste and heat and light from the ritual lamp or Diya. Let us have a look at a few of these timeless woods here.
Published in Nov 2022
Which God Idols Should Not Be Kept At Home?
Hindu religion allows the devotee the freedom to worship any deity they feel a personal connection (Bhakti) toward; however, picking the right idol for your home is a complex task. To understand the dos of picking a suitable idol of a Hindu god for your home, you should know a thing or two about which god idols should not be kept at home or what precautions should be taken when you are choosing an idol online for your Puja temple.
Published in Nov 2022
What Is The Significance Of Nandi?
Shiva and Nandi's association with Hindu scriptures and art can be traced to very early Indian culture, where dairy farming was the most important occupation, thus explaining the importance and sacredness of the cow and bull. Nandi is the sacred bull calf, gatekeeper, and vehicle (vahana) of the Hindu god Shiva. Sculptures of Nandi are a common sight at Hindu temples dedicated to his master, and he is partly responsible for the Hindu reverence for living bulls even today. Nandi the bull is a deity conferred with many powers. He is the protector of Dharma and the chief of the team of Ganas, or attendants of the gods. In Hinduism, Nandi is considered as the chief of 18 Siddhas and therefore, the granter of boons.
Published in Nov 2022
What Is The Purpose Of A Thangka?
The Thangkas developed their ethnic characteristics and features from the early Buddhist paintings which were mostly done on the walls of temples and monasteries. Many of the murals had Tibetan inscriptions and incorporated many elements from Han Chinese paintings and some elements reflecting Indian styles. These emphasized more on the landscape background. Some traditional Buddhist paintings survive even today in a few sites such as the Ajanta Caves in India and the Mogao Caves in China. It is from this time that Thangka paintings were developed from the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings.
Published in Nov 2022
Is It Good To Keep Nandi Statue At Home?
The name Nandi was widely used instead as a humanistic gate-guardian deity of Kailasa, rather than his mount, in the oldest Shaivite texts in Sanskrit, Tamil, and other Indian languages. Siddhanta texts distinguish Nandi from Vṛṣabha. According to them, Devi, Chandesha, Mahakala, Vṛṣabha, Nandi, Ganesha, Bhringi, and Murugan, are the eight Ganeshwaras (commanders) of Shiva. Thus we must rest assured that he would also guard and protect us by not allowing negative energies in our homes.
Published in Nov 2022
Which God Idols Can Be Kept At Home?
The prevalent system of worship in Hinduism resonates with the Smarta tradition (rooted in Smritis or the Vedas) which gives equal regard to all gods and goddesses and lays no strict ritual rules for the followers. Five (Pancha) deities, namely Shiva, Shakti, Vishnu, Ganesha, and Surya are considered primary figures, and their combined worship is called Panchayatan Puja. The ritual space in Puja becomes the Panchayatan of the deity which is placed in the center, surrounded by the other four.
Published in Nov 2022
Is Avalokiteshvara Male Or Female?
Ekadashamukha is an Eleven-faced manifestation of Avalokiteshvara in Buddhism. He is considered one of the six principal forms of the Bodhisattva that relieves all sentient beings from the six realms of material existence; the realm of Devas, the realm of Asuras, the realm of hungry ghosts, the hell realm, the animal realm, and the human realm. Ekadashamukha is believed to save those in the Asura realm.
Published in Nov 2022
Who Is Wrathful Yama?
In many Buddhist traditional arts, Yama is depicted as a wrathful being holding the wheel of life or Samsara, known as “Bhavachakra” in his hands and between the jaws. It represents the cycle of birth and death and the impermanence of this world. The innermost circle of the wheel has a pig, a rooster, and a snake that represent the three poisons of ignorance, attachment, and envy.
Published in Nov 2022
How To Wear A Dhoti?
However, modern civilization has changed the clothing styles and preferences of Indian men and women. Indians have now imbibed the western culture. That being said, one cannot ignore the fact that some sections of men can still be seen wearing dhotis such as the farmers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, some secular politicians, the pujaris or priests in Hindu temples, and some traditional martial artists. It is undoubtedly the emblem of the unmatched Indian culture. Dhoti is called by different names in different places such as ‘Mundu’ in Kerala, ‘Laacha’ in Punjab, ‘Mardaani’ in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, ‘Veshti’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Dhotar’ in Maharashtra, etc.
Published in Nov 2022
Unparalleled Glories Of Mother Ganga
The practices and rituals of worshiping inanimate objects in Sanatan Dharma are often accused by the atheistic community of being unscientific and fanatical. One such practice is the worship of the Ganga River which rises in the western Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, covers many Northern and Eastern states, and finally empties into the Bay of Bengal, journeying through the country of Bangladesh. The sacred Ganges is a lifeline to millions of people across the globe. Hindus perform the last rites of their kinsmen, and pay homage to their ancestors, many Sanyasis perform severe austerities and penances, and many spiritual seekers have found their true purpose of life by meditating on the banks of the River Ganga. The mystery of the serine and purifying nature of the cold waters of Mother Ganga is yet to be unlocked by modern scientists.
Published in Oct 2022
3 Common Myths about Hinduism
There are billions of Hindu followers across the globe yet it is the most misunderstood not only among the Hindu community but also in the west. The deep and highly enlightening philosophies of Hinduism blow most people’s minds away whereas, many people are disgusted by the rituals and beliefs that are followed by the practitioners. The rituals are often disapproved of and are considered bogus activities, especially among the Youth. Many myths have been associated with the concepts of Hinduism that need to be rechecked:
Published in Oct 2022
Diwali – Knowing Its True Essence
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. It is a five-day festival that not only Hindus but people of every community love to celebrate with zeal and jubilation. Diwali is marked with candles, ghee lamps (diyas), and lanterns. Every house and temple is illuminated with lights and decorations of rangoli designs beautify the floors. Cleaning and decorations of homes begin days before the festival. It signifies the cleaning of the dust accumulated in our hearts in the form of lust, anger, pride, illusion, and attachments. The devotees thus invite Lord Ram into their hearts and pray for the welfare of their families. Elderly people read Ramcharitmanas or Srimad Ramayan everyday to remember the lotus feet of the Lord within their hearts.
Published in Oct 2022
Nourish Your Soul Through Telugu Literature
Telugu is a Dravidian language that is primarily spoken in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Studies have found the basis of this language to have its history associated with Sanskrit words. Telugu literature predominantly presents religious or devotional subject matter. The poets and scholars from Andhra Pradesh translated epics such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavat, and the Puranas that are considered the foundation of Vedic knowledge and lead us to higher consciousness to cultivate the real purpose of human life. The first Telugu literary work was the translation of the Mahabharata from Sanskrit to Telugu by Nannaya Bhattaraka, who is also known as Adi Kavi.
Published in Oct 2022
Bollywood Celebs Shining In Banarasi Saree
Known for their vibrant colors, luxurious fabric, and opulent look, Banarasi sarees have a mystical propensity to attract all eyes. When it comes to donning ethnic wear on special occasions such as weddings and festivities, the first thing that comes to the mind of Indian women is wearing a heavy Banarasi saree which can make them stand out in the crowd. These sarees are handcrafted by the skilled artisans of the holy city of Banaras. They pour their heart into making these sarees and maybe that’s the reason why every woman appears immensely beautiful when draped in a Banarasi. If there is one variety of sarees that Bollywood celebrities love, it has to be Banarasi saree. Not just ordinary women, but Banarasi saree has got a special place in the hearts of the Divas as well.
Published in Sep 2022
Bandhani Saree: The Most Celebrated Traditional Attire Of India
The word ‘Bandhani’, also known as Bandhej, is descended from the Sanskrit word ‘bandha’ meaning ‘to bind’, a craft predominantly practiced in Gujarat and Rajasthan. This tie-n-dye technique dates back to the 6th century and was traditionally used by the Khatri community in rural areas of Gujarat, India. At present, it has gained immense popularity in mainstream fashion. As per the historians, the first Bandhani saree was sported at the time of Banabhatt’s Harshacharita in a royal marriage. Bandhani is an ancient art. Earliest references to this technique of picking the cloth with fingernails and tying it before dyeing are found in Indus Valley Civilization records. Even the Buddhist paintings, in the famous Ajanta caves, have Bandhani testimonials. Texts dating back to the times of Alexander the Great, have also inscribed Indian Bandhani.
Published in Sep 2022
Kanjivaram Sarees: The Nine-Yard Beauties
History says that the Kanjivaram saree, considered as one of the most gorgeous sarees in the world has a close association with saint Markanda. He used to weave clothes for the gods themselves. Also, the Chola king Krishna Deva Rai who ruled Kanchipuram city from the year 985 to 1015, took the initiative of trading silk sarees. Thus Kanjeevaram saree originated from a small town named Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. These saris are loved and worn as bridal, and special occasion saris by womenfolk of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Now, it is an international sensation. Owing to its name, it could be judged as the south Indian version of the Banarasi silk saree.
Published in Sep 2022
Banarasi Saree - The Queen Of Indian Attire
Banarasi sarees have always been in trend since the time of the Mughal invasion of India. Modernization has led to many changes in the fashion industry but the love for Banarasi sarees among Indian women has never been diminished. As the name suggests, Banarasi sarees originate from the holy city of India, Banaras or Varanasi, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The diligent weavers of the city are the experts in designing beautiful handwoven sarees made of pure silk fabric (Banarasi silk), making them quite expensive to buy. They use gold and silver metallic threads to create heavy embroideries and this work is called Brocade or Zari. Formerly, Banarasi sarees were handmade using metallic threads dipped in real gold and silver, and each saree would take around a year to make. Endowed with a brilliant and soothing shine all over, Banarasi sarees are undoubtedly the most beloved attire country-wide.
Published in Sep 2022
Types Of Indian Sarees
The word “saree” is believed to be derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “strip of cloth”. Saree, symbolic of femininity, is probably the world’s only erstwhile, unstitched attire extensively and affectionately enjoyed in India and other Asian countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Myanmar. Wearing a saree is an Indian tradition and culture for many ages. Womenfolk used to drape sarees since the Indus valley civilization. Since then it has undergone a lot of adaptation in designs, colors, fabrics, and styles of draping. Traditionally saris were worn without blouses and most of the drapes had no petticoat. Modern style of draping sarees originated during the Mughal era. During earlier days, the six-yard cloth was worn in a single sheath, without pleats. An illustrious woman from Bengal taught the society to drape a saree with pleats.
Published in Sep 2022
What is Special About Banarasi Saree
Made in the ancient city of Varanasi or Banaras, Banarasi sarees are one of the most loved sarees among Indian women. Be it a glamorous wedding or a grand festival, they choose to wear Banarasi sarees to enhance their traditional look, which in itself brings in grace. The intricacy of designs, their rich base colors, and the opulent broad silken borders are the basis of these sarees that make them never go out of style.
Published in Sep 2022
Why is Lotus a prominent and auspicious sacred symbol?
The lotus is an iconic flower, originating in Southern Asia, which has claimed a place as a prominent symbol in ancient history, remaining as such today. It is through a combination of religious and symbolic connotations, nutritional and medicinal applications, and sheer aesthetics and laudability in its natural life cycle that have facilitated the lotus’s significance. While there are many species of lotus flowers across Asia, the Hindus’ Sacred Lotus is scientifically known as the Nelumbo nucifera. This perennial flower grows in the muddy waters of shallow pools throughout Asia. It possesses a unique nanostructure of its leaves which provides an uncanny self-cleaning ability, allowing the flowers to emerge from the mud without tarnish. This natural trait has facilitated symbolic reference towards the flower; rising out of the mud, untouched by the filth, resonated with ancient thinkers, philosophers, and religious peoples.
Published in Jun 2022
The Goddess of Royal Power and Grace - Kamala
Kamala (“she of the lotus”), is the last in the list of the Ten Mahavidyas (great revelations or manifestations), who are a group of Tantric goddesses. Kamala’s place as the last of the Mahavidyas is not addressed in the literature. Although it may be taken as signifying a lesser importance than the others, Kamala is one of the most widely worshipped outside of her relationship with the Mahavidyas. She is portrayed as auspicious and beautiful, with a lovely golden complexion. She is seated in a lotus posture upon a lotus flower. She has four hands—two holding lotuses and two held in signs of granting blessings and giving assurance. Iconography of Kamala illustrates her being bathed in nectar by two (sometimes four) large elephants. Kamala is represented in a similar manner to the very popular goddess Sri-Lakshmi, as Kamala and Sri-Lakshmi are considered to be the same goddess.
Published in Jun 2022
Must have Regionally Crafted Sarees from India – A Woman’s Wardrobe Treasure
While the classic drape is always a favourite for women, sarees have been constantly given a touch of modern flavours, such as the traditional cotton and silk saree is now found in a variety of jute, nylon, rayon, georgette, chiffon, satin and also blended fabrics. Both classic and modern or fusion drapes find a place in every woman’s wardrobe. And with the online purchasing, love for this quintessential piece has grown even more. However, some sarees remain unnoticed by women who desire to flaunt the traditional attires. Hence, we have come up with ten regional sarees of India that you can add in your wardrobe and create a collection that showcases the brilliance of Indian craftsmanship.
Published in Apr 2022
The Murtis of Indic Civilization
“The murtis which God has given for worship by his command are of eight types [of materials]. God himself personally enters those murtis and resides within them. A devotee of God who worships those murtis should maintain the same respect for them as he does for the manifest form of God.”
Published in Apr 2022
Vishnu Sahasranamam: The Story Behind It
During a puja, have you at any point recited a mantra for ten minutes or multiple times? Most likely not! You might recall being told to recount it multiple times. Numerous Hindus have 108 in their passwords. Organizations have made extraordinary advertisements and logos with 108. However, for what reason is 108 seen as blessed? The response, very much like every other response you will get from your folks, is that it lies in math and science. Vedic sages, pre-dating current numerical equations, had everything sorted out! As per Vedic cosmology, 108 is the premise of creation, which addresses the universe and all our reality. In Hinduism, we accept that external cosmology should reflect our internal spirituality because we are all the same. It is said that the number 108 units address the distance between our body and the God that resides inside each one of us.
Published in Apr 2022
Heroic Tales of the Hindu God Vishnu
Hindu God Vishnu is the preserver and defender of the universe. His job is to return to the earth during adverse situations and re-establish the equilibrium between the good and the bad. Up to this point, he has incarnated multiple times, yet Hindus believe that he will be resurrected one final time before the end of this world as we know it. Vishnu God of Hinduism represents the preserver, the defender, and the sustainer of the world made by Brahma as well as the law of the Vedas. When compared to other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, he was well known to have an exceptionally mature and kind nature. He is depicted as having blue skin and four arms, wearing expensive adornments, garlands, a wrapped skirt, and an enormous crown.
Published in Apr 2022
8 Best Tips to Buy Designer Sarees Online
Sarees have been an essential part of the Indian wardrobe since time immemorial. It’s a timeless garment that has been evolving as years passed by, and even today is one of the most elegant and voguish pieces of clothing owned by an Indian woman. A date with a special someone? A festival on the weekend? A college farewell? Sarees are there for every moment of your life!! A saree has the power to convert a girl next door into an artist’s muse! Everyone drapes a saree slightly differently and everyone’s body looks different in it. But women in sarees are like snowflakes. Unique yet beautiful in their own way. Designer sarees of today are an Indian girl’s best friend
Published in Apr 2022
A Lesson on Morality in the Hindu Mythology
India is known worldwide as a land of multiple cultures, customs, and traditions coexisting harmoniously with each other. Indian culture is rich and novel in its particular ways. In India habits and decorums, the style of correspondence, values, and convictions are indispensable parts of the way of life. Even though India has acknowledged the advanced method of living and individuals have further developed their way of life yet the customs and values are as yet unchanged. These practices, customs, and values together make India an exceptionally interesting country.
Published in Apr 2022
Traditional Indian jewelry pieces for the desi girl
Pieces of jewelry have been worn for a long time as a way to ramp up our appearance and to display one's status. From unrefined adornments produced using normal components like wood and grass to quality-made pieces utilizing valuable metals and gemstones to suit sovereignty, traditional Indian jewelry has been a method to add glam to a woman's outfit for a long long time. Fortunately today, we have a wide scope of styles to browse from. From modest outfit adornments to costly jewels and gold, neckbands, wristbands, and studs are made in each possible shape size, and structure.
Published in Apr 2022
Vishnu Puran- The Book of the Lord
Vishnu Puran: The Book of the Lord The Vishnu Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, the archaic text of Hinduism. It is a significant Pancharatra text in Vaishnavism. More than some other significant Purana, the Vishnu Purana presents its substance in Pancalaksana design - Sarga (cosmogony), Pratisarga (cosmology), Vamśa (ancestry of the divine beings, sages, and lords), Manvantara, and Vamśānucaritam (legends during the times of different rulers).
Published in Mar 2022
Heroic Tales of the Hindu God Vishnu
Heroic Tales of the Hindu God Vishnu Hindu God Vishnu is the preserver and defender of the universe. His job is to return to the earth during adverse situations and re-establish the equilibrium between the good and the bad. Up to this point, he has incarnated multiple times, yet Hindus believe that he will be resurrected one final time before the end of this world as we know it. Hindu God Vishnu represents the preserver, the defender, and the sustainer of the world made by Brahma as well as the law of the Vedas. When compared to other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, he was well known to have an exceptionally mature and kind nature. He is depicted as having blue skin and four arms, wearing expensive adornments, garlands, a wrapped skirt, and an enormous crown.
Published in Mar 2022
The 10 Avatars of Vishnu
Vishnu is the second god in the trifecta of divinities in Hinduism; which comprises three divine beings who are answerable for the creation, upkeep, and annihilation of the world. The other two divine beings are Brahma and Shiva. Brahma is the maker of the universe and Shiva is the destroyer. Vishnu is the preserver and defender of the universe. His job is to get back to the earth in grieved times and reestablish the equilibrium of good and malevolence. Up until this point, he has been embodied multiple times, however, Hindus accept that he will be resurrected one final time close to the doomsday.
Published in Mar 2022
Vishnu: Statue Types & Placement at Home
The Hindu God, Lord Vishnu, is the Supreme God of Vaishnavism and one of the three incomparable divinities (Trimurti) of the Hindu pantheon. He is otherwise called Narayana and Hari. As one of the five essential forms of God in the Smarta custom, he is considered as "the Preserver or the Protector" inside the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of Gods. In this blog, we will discuss in detail regarding the placement of Lord Vishnu statues so that happiness and riches are all that comes into your life.
Published in Mar 2022
Hindu Gods and Goddesses: Quick Guide to Key Deities
For thousands of years, the Hindu pantheon has inspired an enormous amount of artwork and storytelling of all kinds. Today, they not only create the central expression of spirituality for over a billion people, but they also give rise to countless movies, comic books, children stories, novels, video games, and epics. But of course, their most important role has been their ability to make the mystical truths accessible for Hindus. Through ritual practice and worship of these deities, we are made wiser and more whole.
Published in Mar 2022
The Rich History and Cultures of Rajasthan
The Rich History and Cultures of Rajasthan India is one of the most diverse and vibrant centers of human culture anywhere in the world. Every region has distinct features and a proud legacy of its people and traditions. The subcontinent’s tapestry of interconnected spiritual and artistic threads has given rise to the many wonders of India. Rajasthan is just such a region. It’s culture is known for its valor and bravery. Located in northwestern India, it makes up over 10 percent of the country’s landmass — making it the largest state. It contains within it some of the most remarkable treasures of humanity’s ancient past, as well as marvels that continue to enrich the world today. The cultures and traditions of Rajasthan are worth exploring. And here, we present you a guide to begin your introduction to this amazing place.
Published in Mar 2022
Sri Aurobindo – A Rishi whose spirituality was inseparably united with reason
Sri Aurobindo – A Rishi whose spirituality was inseparably united with reason Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, yogin, philosopher, scholar, and poet. Following his brief political career, during which he vehemently fought for India’s outright independence, Sri Aurobindo began to explore the ancient Hindu practices of yoga. Sri Aurobindo subsequently developed his own style of yoga which he called “Integral Yoga,” because it “takes up the essence and many processes of the old yogas” with a new approach of “aim, standpoint and the totality of its method”. Sri Aurobindo believed that enlightenment came from the Divine, but that human beings possess a spiritual “supermind” that allows them to reach upward toward awareness. Spiritual perfection is achieved through Yoga practices that lead to “a change of life and existence” through the development of a new power of consciousness, which he called the “supramental”.
Published in Feb 2022
The rich history of Mathematics in the Indian Subcontinent
The rich history of Mathematics in the Indian Subcontinent There is little known about the history of Indian mathematics; this is due to a small number of authentic records containing their mathematics. The first known mathematics was preserved in the city Mohenjo Daro, during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. The Indus Valley Civilization is thought to have been settled around 2,500 B.C.E. Mathematics was found everywhere in Mohenjo Daro, from its advanced architecture to its methods of measurement, counting and weighing items. The Indus Valley Civilization rivaled the other great ancient civilizations of its time in both knowledge and architecture styles. Examples of their architectural advancements were their tiled bathrooms, brick buildings, and temples, which all required a high level of geometrical understanding.
Published in Feb 2022
Ramakrishna Paramhansa – The Simple Yogi
Ramakrishna Paramhansa – The Simple Yogi Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is to be considered one of the most profound figures in India’s history, probably the most celebrated mystic of all times. Unlike many people who centre their lives primarily around their outward actions and extrinsic influences, Sri Ramakrishna lived only for spirituality and his innermost thoughts. Solange Lemaitre remarks that, “his life is the muted accompaniment of the purely inner story of an exceptional soul and its spiritual steps towards the Absolute”. Over the years, Ramakrishna received great fame and admiration for his effortless ability to enter into samadhi [this is one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga; a spiritual state when one’s ego disappears, for more information, see Nikhilananda, his deep beliefs rooted in the Hindu tradition, and his teachings on acceptance and charity.
Published in Feb 2022
Mirabai – A Bhakti saint, poet and mystic
Mirabai – A Bhakti saint, poet and mystic During the time of the medieval period (500CE to 1500CE), many bhakti or devotional groups in Hinduism develop. Several of these bhakti movements focus on the worship of Visnu, Siva and Devi. The notion of bhakti can be described as a “loving devotion to God”. The concept can also be defined as something that “signifies the self surrender of human beings to a personal god of love, who is also to be worshipped with love and adoration”. One of its common features is having a strong sense of emotionalism. In addition, many of the practices that are associated with bhakti are “choral singing [as] a form of worship” along with “processing with drums and cymbals”.
Published in Feb 2022
Ganesh Idol: Which one is Good for your Home?
Ganesha, the God of bliss, and great wellbeing is one of the most beloved of every Hindu god. Hindu practice lays a great deal of accentuation on revering Lord Ganesha, particularly before each propitious occasion. Numerous property holders regularly fail to remember the custom of putting the Ganesha idol at home and all the more significantly at the ideal locations. The right Ganesha idol at the right place at home draws in an overflow of riches, wellbeing and eliminates all adversities.
Published in Feb 2022
Lakshmi Mantra for Financial, Prosperity, Intelligence
Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity in Hindu mythology. The wife of Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu pantheon, Lakshmi is regularly summoned by businesspersons, legislators, and women who are searching for peace and prosperity in their personal and professional life. Born as sister to the moon and the Amrit, the remedy of eternality, she rises out of the stirring of the ocean of milk and takes the decision to marry Lord Vishnu. This article will guide you through the most powerful Lakshmi Mantras that help invoke the great Goddess, that will bring you peace and wealth
Published in Feb 2022
Ganesh Statue: Types and Home Placement
Lord Ganesha, also called Ganapati, elephant-headed Hindu lord of beginnings, is generally adored before any significant endeavour and is the benefactor of scholarly people, financiers, authors, and creators. His name implies both "Master of the People" (gana implies the average folks) and "Ruler of the Ganas". Ganesha is potbellied and by and large portrayed as grasping a couple of round Indian desserts, which he loves more than the whole wide world. His vehicle (vahana) is the huge Indian bandicoot rodent, which represents Ganesha's ability to beat anything to get what he needs. Like the rodent and elephant, Ganesha banishes all obstacles. In this article, we will know more about Ganesha statues and where they should be placed in our house-
Published in Feb 2022
Shiva and Parvati: Symbol of Love, Devotion, and Faithfulness
Shiva and Parvati are inseparable companions. A true devotee needs to venerate both and have equal adoration for both. On the off chance that one worships Shiva without worshipping Parvati, such worship will be in vain. The Lord won't acknowledge such a prayer. It is to show the world the significance that Shiva and Parvati hold in each other's life. This article is a deep dive into their beautiful relationship as a representation of Love, Devotion, and Faithfulness-
Published in Feb 2022
Why the Buddha Head Statue is Head and Shoulders Above the Rest
According to Indian tradition, statues and icons do not only possess aesthetic value, representing the image of an idol. They are also, in fact, a physical vessel that carries with it the intangible qualities of the idol. The Indian ceremony of Pran-pratishtha recognizes the bequeathal of life on the lifeless icon of an idol. However, long before the ceremony, from the moment the craftsman begins to create the statue, the sacred process of bestowing both the physical and spiritual attributes of an icon begins. The beauty of statues, such as the Buddha head statue, is in both the accurate representation of physical features and in the artistic interpretation of the idol’s spirit.
Published in Feb 2022
Marriage Story of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the goddess of material abundance and wealth is seen in pictures in Hindu homes adorned in a red saree, embellished accessories, seated on a Lotus flower. She is depicted as an anxious, idiosyncratic yet maternal Goddess, blessing her devotees and granting them their wishes. Her husband, Lord Vishnu is one of the three of the supreme Gods of the Hindu pantheon (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva). While Brahma is answerable for the formation of the Universe and Shiva for annihilation, Lord Vishnu is the preserver of the Universe. This article will give us an insight into Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi’s love story. Let’s learn about Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi-
Published in Feb 2022
Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Fortune
Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Fortune Among the primary goddesses in the Hindu faith is Lakshmi. She is actually one of the three goddesses that make up the Hindu Trivedi, along with Parvati and Saraswati. However, not only is Lakshmi one of the most important goddesses in Hinduism, but she is also one of the deities that have been revered for the longest time. Evidence of Lakshmi’s long history is proven by the presence of her first hymn, the Shri Shukta in the Rig Veda, which is not only the most revered sacred scripture but it is also the oldest, originating between 1000 and 500 B.C. A further indication of Lakshmi’s longstanding presence and influence within the Hindu faith was the archaeological discovery of ancient coins that signify reverence of Lakshmi.
Published in Feb 2022
The nexus between Hinduism and Jainism – Where do they meet?
The nexus between Hinduism and Jainism – Where do they meet? Hindus believe the Vedas have always existed and were only heard at a certain point in the past and written down, similarly, Jains maintain that their precepts are eternal, recognized by 23 sages down through time, to finally be established by Mahavira in its present form. It is a nontheistic religion in that it does not advocate a belief in a creator god but in higher beings (devas), which are mortal, and in the concept of karma directing one's present life and future incarnations; the devas have no power over a person, however, and are not sought for guidance or assistance in freeing one's self from karmic bondage. In Jainism, it is up to each individual to attain salvation – defined as a release from the cycle of rebirth and death (samsara) - by adhering to a strict spiritual and ethical code of behavior.
Published in Jan 2022
Different Forms of Buddha: Where to Place at Home
After attaining the knowledge that he was seeking, the truth of human existence, Buddha remained in meditation. The fruit of his austerities was so sweet that he had his apprehensions about sharing it with the rest of the world. Brahma, a godhead in Hindu and Buddhist traditions descended from heaven and urged Buddha to let the world have a taste of his great knowledge. What came out of Buddha’s first sermon at Sarnath formed the basic tenants of Buddhism, which is not just a religion, but a guide, a path to follow in order to make one’s life meaningful. Buddha’s teachings soon became popular owing to their simplistic and practical nature. They taught his followers how to achieve the highest of all goals- Nibbana (nirvana) while also putting emphasis on non-violence, love for all living beings, from the largest to the tiniest life forms as a way to Nibbana.
Published in Jan 2022
Why Lord Shiva is worshipped in Linga Form?
One of the three paramount deities of the Hindu Pantheon, Lord Shiva or “the Auspicious One” is loved and revered in Shaivism (one of the three most powerful groups in contemporary Hinduism) as the Supreme God. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva in his linga form is revered by his worshippers. It is called the Shivling or Shivalinga. At the point when a Linga is introduced on a Yoni, it signifies the association of Shiva and Shakti - the start of creation. It is found at a temple’s focal point, resting in a rimmed, circle moulded yoni. This article will explain why Lord Shiva is worshipped in linga form. It will also dive deeper into other significant details about Lord Shiva in Linga form-
Published in Jan 2022
4 Powerful Ganesh Mantras for Success and Removal of Obstacles
Ganesh is one of the most beloved gods in the Hindu pantheon. He is instantly recognizable for his elephant head, with sculptures and artwork of him a common feature of many Hindu households. He is known as the son of none other than Shiva and Parvati, and he is the lord of beginnings as well as wisdom (Buddhi), spirituality (Siddhi), and prosperity (Riddhi). Due to his massive popularity, many people use a Ganesh mantra to help in day to day life. A mantra is a small phrase that can be repeated in a meditative state, bringing the power of a deity to work for you. Exotic India brings you four of the most powerful and popular, presenting each Ganesh mantra with meaning. We also give some advice on how to chant the mantra you choose to work with. The following guide is a great starting off point for those new to worshiping Ganesh, as well as a wonderful way to add to whatever offerings or prayers you are already giving the great Hindu god.
Published in Jan 2022
Types of Buddha Statues: Their Meaning and Importance
Gautama Buddha led an extraordinary life, leaving behind a pathway to liberation that is practical and action-oriented. What sages for thousands of years were saying in grand prose, the Buddha was able to distill into simple fables and easy to understand protocols that work to bring us out of the cycle of Samsara. As Buddhism reached across the globe, many adherents have made astounding art depicting the Buddha. And with so much variety, you might be wondering about different Buddha statue meanings. There are so many kinds of statues of this great teacher available — especially on such a large platform like Exotic India - that it’s worth taking the time to learn a bit about each. We’ve produced this helpful guide to help you understand the Buddha statues you see. As with any religious art, every detail is specifically meant to give new insights into the truth about existence and our place in it.
Published in Jan 2022
Laughing Buddha: Which One to Use and Where to Place?
Pot-bellied, laughing like a little child, Laughing Buddha is one of the most popular pieces when it comes to home décor. The Origin of the Laughing Buddha. According to Chinese tradition, he was a monk named Pinyin, who lived 1000 years ago and followed the path of Buddhist asceticism. He was jolly-natured and roamed from one place to another, carrying his earthly possessions in a small sack of cloth, spreading smiles and peace everywhere he went. His followers believe him to be the incarnation of Bodhisattva Maitreya or the future Buddha, born to help them with the problems of the current world.
Published in Jan 2022
Lord Shiva- Interesting Facts And His Avatars
Among the supreme deities of the Hindu pantheon, Lord Shiva is known to be the most remarkable. Shiva is frequently alluded to as the "destroyer", however, it is he who obliterates the adulterations taking shelter in the human psyche. He frees a body of its deficiencies and makes it deserving of accomplishing moksha. It is he who is responsible for obliteration on the grounds that if the 'old' doesn’t perish, the 'new' wouldn't have the option to take birth.
Published in Jan 2022
The Spiritual Aspect of the Sanskrit Language
The Spiritual Aspect of the Sanskrit Language Perhaps the most significant part of human social existence and interaction that we are aware of today is language. Despite years of research into numerous languages and their sources, scientists have yet to discover another species on the planet capable of communicating in the same way that humans do, sharing abstract ideas and conceptual representations solely through words. Since ancient times, India's Hindu religion has paid special attention to how language is used in everyday life, and how it can express ideas, thoughts, impressions, beliefs, and other complex concepts that cannot be proved in any other way. The language was so important to Hindus that they incorporated it directly into their spiritual practices, and it became yet another medium for reaching their ultimate goal, moksha: realization of the Ultimate Truth within oneself.
Published in Jan 2022
Mudras – Beyond Marks and Gestures
Mudras – Beyond Marks and Gestures Mudras, which mean "seal," "mark," or "gesture" in Sanskrit, are claimed to heighten the results of our yoga or meditation practise and improve energy flow. But, how does it operate, and when should we utilise it? Mudras have been around for thousands of years and can be found in a variety of religions and traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Tantric rites, Roman art, Asian martial arts, Taoism, and Indian classical dance. Depending on the tradition, the goal of these hand motions can range from concentrating subtle energies to communicating teaching through symbols, acting as a tool for treating illness, and even assigning magical powers and psychic abilities to the practitioner! Mudras, on the other hand, are a type of nonverbal communication that can be described as an "external expression of inner resolve."
Published in Jan 2022
The life of Vardhamana Mahavira – 24th Tirthankara of Jainism
The life of Vardhamana Mahavira – 24th Tirthankara of Jainism Known by different names like Vardhman, Veer, Ativeer, Mahaveer and Sanmati, the life of Mahavira witnessed an era when an increasing number of people chose to abandon their normal lives and embark on a life of roving mendicancy. Even he chose to forsake a life of luxury and become an ascetic. Mahavira was taken in a parade to a vast park, where he disembarked from a palanquin, plucked out his hair in five handfuls, and removed all of his decorations and clothing, according to several sources. Some sources suggest that he stayed naked after that, while others believe the gods granted him a particular piece of clothing that he wore until it got snagged on a thorny bush and he spent the rest of his life naked because he didn't notice it was gone. The two narratives differ in an apparently insignificant aspect, yet they indicate a major doctrinal difference between the Digambara, or sky-clad, and the Svetambara, or white-clad, Jain traditions. The first tradition contends that nudity is required to fully fulfil the mendicant vow of nonattachment, whilst the second disagrees, claiming that basic white mendicant garb does not violate the vow.
Published in Jan 2022
Shakyamuni – The Becoming of Buddha
Shakyamuni – The Becoming of Buddha There are many Buddhas in Buddhism, despite the fact that we typically refer to them as "the Buddha." Furthermore, the numerous Buddhas have a variety of names and shapes, as well as multiple responsibilities. The name "Buddha" literally means "one who has awakened," and every such enlightened human is considered a Buddha in Buddhist teaching. Furthermore, the term Buddha is frequently used to refer to the notion of Buddha-nature. However, there is one historical figure who is commonly referred to as the Buddha. In Mahayana Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha is the name given to the historical Buddha. Mahayana Buddhism is not a single group but a collection of Buddhist traditions: Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism are all forms of Mahayana Buddhism.
Published in Jan 2022
Mantras – A Complex Amalgamation of Sacred Sounds
Mantras – A Complex Amalgamation of Sacred Sounds Mantras are a complex feature of the Hindu tradition that people sometimes do not understand all that well. Different mantras are used for different things. “For India, Mantras are real, palpable, mental artifacts to be revered and mastered, to be used or misused. Mantras are very important in religion but they are not completely significantly religiously they have other significance also. Mantras are important for religious and non-religious purposes. The history of mantras can be extensively related to Indian people’s religious life. One way of defining mantras is that they are sacred utterances, that are uttered sometimes daily, and sometimes for special occasions. There are formal and also informal definitions of mantras. Mantras are used in a variety of contexts. Hinduism sees certain mantras as only being useful for certain things. Each mantra has a specific function with a specific time and place for use. The Hindu tradition sees mantras as effective because they are believed to be useful and powerful. There are Vedic, Puranic, and Tantric mantras. Certain types are used to achieve some sort of escape from hardships from outside nature. There are certain mantras that are used to cope with the daily up and downs of everyday life. Besides these, there are also mantras that address the problems of the whole of human nature. Scholars debate whether mantras are language. The Rig Veda has several mentions of mantras. It is hard to understand mantras when you are not immersed in Indian life but it is possible if we try, it is just more difficult.
Published in Jan 2022
Goddesses from the Vedas: Prthivi, Usas, and Ratri
Worship of natural phenomena has dominated Hindu religious practice since its origin. Many natural phenomena are seen to have feminine properties and it is these properties which led to the centralization of goddess worship. Some feminine traits abundant in nature include fecundity, fruitfulness, and fertility present in the earth, mothers and cows. Another feature common in goddess worship is their ability to uphold rta, cosmic order. All these common features of nature are prominent in three of the main goddesses in Vedic literature; Prthivi the earth, Usas the dawn, and Ratri the night.
Published in Jan 2022