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Sthala Purana

The Reclining God of Tiruvanantapuram

Sthala Puranas of Bharat The word “Trivandrum” is meaningless. It is one of the many nonsensical names to befall Indian cities during the British colonization. The Kerala capital’s real name is Tiruvanantapuram: The Revered Endless City1. The city is referred to as “endless” not because it is without geographical borders, but in reference to Ananta […]

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Sthala Purana

Mysore: the city of the buffalo demon

Sthala Puranas of Bharat Mysore is really named after a demon—Mahisha Asura. Originally, the city was known as “Mahishuru,” which means “Mahisha’s City.” Gradually, it came to be called Mysuru, which was later Anglicized to Mysore. Mahisha is Sanskrit for “buffalo” and an asura is a type of demon. Mahisha Asura was a demon who […]

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Sthala Purana

Rama’s children raised in Wayanad

Brahma Mystified by Vishnu Sthala Puranas of Bharat The Tirunelli Maha-Vishnu Temple Once upon a time, Lord Brahma was flying through his creation on his swan. At one point he was drawn by the beauty of a hill in what is today known as the Wayanad District of Kerala and decided to land there. (Thus […]

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Never Mind the Rain in Cherukolpuzha

6 February 2000, Cherukolpuzha, Pathanamtitta Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Maha Sammelan Usually when Amma is about to arrive at one of these big outdoor programs, all faces are turned towards the far end of the center aisle of whatever huge space or pandal has been arranged. Music is playing, and a long carpet has been rolled out […]

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Festivals

Sivaratri – meaning and significance

Shiva is the Supreme Consciousness that illuminates the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep.

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Health Care

Amrita Kripa Sagar cancer hospice

Care for the terminally ill is provided in an atmosphere of love and compassion in Thane, Mumbai