Why we chant “Ganpati Bappa Morya!”?

Ganpati Ganesha is also known as Ganpati. The word Ganpati is a combination of 2 words – “Gana” which means ‘group’ or also ‘the attendants of Lord Shiva’ and “Pati” which means the ‘ruler’ or ‘leader’. Hence “Ganpati” means “ruler of many” or ‘leader of the ganas of Shiva’ Bappa ‘Bappa’ means ‘father’ or ‘the…

What does Lord Ganesha Represent?

Lord Ganesha – the elephant God is loved and adored by one and all. From his favorite modaks to the mouse, each and everything has a significance. So let us try and understand this magnificent and lovable form of Ganesha…  The TRUNK… …represents discrimination. The elephant’s trunk is a remarkable instrument. It is a tool…

Lord Krishna’s Divinity by Swami Chinmayananda

Why is Lord Krishna a source of inspiration? Why has He been the subject of such reverence by devotees across the globe for centuries. He the famous Hero of the Puranas (mystical stories) and the epic Mahabharata, and the giver of Knowledge in the Geeta. We have all heard of Him and His names. But…

Introduction to Lord Krishna

Let us get to know Lord Krishna… The correct pronunciation of ‘Krsna’ is ‘Krishna.’ Lord Krishna is the purna-avatara of Lord Vishnu, having all 16 kalas or perfect qualities. He is known for his infinite charm, smile, and beauty. He was so beautiful that, it is said, even precious jewels lost their shine and beauty…

Raksha Bandhan Tales…

Raksha bandhan is about to arrive. Streets are gleaming with colorful threads, beautiful gifts and greetings. At every nook and corner, sisters are busy buying threads of love or Rakhis for their beloved brothers; while brothers are busy figuring out what they can gift their sisters this year. The exceptional festival celebrates the love between…

Life Is a Gift…Living Is an Art

What is a gift? If we buy something for ourselves, it is purchase, and cannot be called a gift. Basically, a gift is given by someone else; given out of love. A bribe, though given by someone else, is not a gift, because there is an ulterior motive and an expectation behind the giving. A…

Why Do We Celebrate Guru Poornima?

When is Guru Poornima? Guru Poornima is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in India to commemorate one’s guru or teacher. It is a festival celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists. The festival is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar on the first full moon day of Ashadh month. Or according to the English…

The Story of a Smart King

Once Upon a Time… There was a kingdom where the constitution allowed the king to rule only for five years. In those five years, the king could rule the way he wanted, with unlimited and absolute power. There was no opposition, no coup, and no election. No one could impeach or remove him. But, at…

Why is the Lotus So Special?

Lotus is Special…Why? Some believe that the lotus is “cradle of creative might”, while the other believe that “lotus holds the secret of the Gods.” Many stories illustrate the significance of lotus. In this blog, we have brought together all those mythological fractions to tell you why we consider the Lotus to be so special……

Block Printing – A Timeless Indian Art

Block Printing – The Story continues… As discussed in the previous blog, Block Printing was revived from 1960 onwards by dedicated individuals like Shrimati Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. Shri Brij Bhasin also played a significant role in uplifting this craft on Gujarat. At a local level, few artisans like Shri Ismail Khatri of Ajrakhpur showcased exemplary leadership in…