Category Archives: Religion

Night of the demon. Recycling the introduction from an earlier post – The Hindu festival of Diwali (Deepavali) has multiple interpretations, all having their basis in the triumph of virtue over vice. One version tells of the vile Narkasur, embodiment of the forces of darkness (tamas), ignorance (avidya) and baseness (adharma). The puranas recount his […]

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Salutations to the Portly One and Festival Greetings to all! The festival of Ganesha will be celebrated on Friday, August 29.   Excerpts from my introduction to the Ganesha photo gallery in The Huffington Post, 2010: The story is told that the elephant-headed Ganesha and his brother Kartikeya, the god of war, were once locked […]

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The series continues. The next chapter in the Vetals of Goa theme features the deity from Sanvordem. My introduction from the first post in the series is excerpted below:   From The Vetals of Goa: Amona The ancient deity of Vetal, its iconography and associated rituals, are important elements of, and unique to, Goa‘s Hindu […]

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Amid the astounding ruins of Hampi. The Vijayanagara ruins in Hampi have been deemed a World Heritage Site. I went there in 2007 before grand plans were unveiled to transform the area into a tourist zoo. This shrine cut into rock is at the Malayavanta Raghunath temple. Notice the parakeet in the third photo.   […]

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