Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
TopicShiva

Topic: Shiva

Western reading of Shivalingam as phallic symbol is incorrect. For Hindus, Shiva is formless

For Europeans, shivalingam wasn’t just unique—it was an obscene, morally outrageous superstition. Such misrepresentation stems from the cult of phallic worship.

Adi Shankaracharya was sent in response to Buddha to bring people’s faith back to god

In ‘Icons of Grace’, Nityanand Charan Das writes about how Buddha and Shankaracharya were both part of the same divine mission.

Is ‘Vithal’ Shiva or Krishna? A Sant settled it & started 700-yr-old pilgrimage to Pandharpur

In ‘Where The Gods Dwell’, Neelesh Kulkarni writes that Vithal is, to his devotees, not a distant God but a friend and companion who is also a loved equal.

Lord Shiva allotted seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express’ inaugural run for blessings, says IRCTC

The train connects three Jyotirlingas in Indore, Ujjain and Varanasi and will see its first commercial run on 20 February.

Not just by modern-day yoga fans, Patanjali was misunderstood even in history

In his new book, Alistair Shearer traces the origins of Maharishi Patanjali's 'Yoga Sutra' and writes why modern postural yoga is missing the big point.

For kanwariyas, this is a time for free train rides — the ‘ticket’ is their saffron clothes

Kanwariyas say no one dares question them, and even TTEs don’t ask for tickets. But passengers complain of harassment, want separate coaches for kanwariyas.

Kanwar Yatra has more Dalits and OBCs but Indian liberals still won’t notice them

Dalit and OBC kanwariyas travelling to Uttar Pradesh from all over India thwart the liberal narrative of institutional oppression within Hinduism.

Narendra Modi is trying to be the new lord of Varanasi. And that’s not good news

Under Modi, Varanasi has become the reigning symbol of a muscular, resurgent neo-Hinduism.

At the heart of Sabarimala Temple’s bar on women lies a story of unrequited love

Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala Temple, is said to have been born of a union between Shiva and Vishnu, when the latter was in the form of Mohini.

Off The Cuff with Amish Tripathi

This edition of 'Off The Cuff' saw Indian Author, Amish Tripathi in conversation with ThePrint Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta and Mahrukh Inayet, Contributing Editor...

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File photo of Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar | Reuters

Ishaq Dar, new Pakistan finance minister—a Nawaz Sharif’s mole in Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, Albert Einstein said. But Paksitanis don't get it--Dar's been appointed FM for the fifth time.
Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.

Defence

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V. R. Chaudhari with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter/ @IAF_MCC

Need organisation structure best suited to Indian conditions, IAF on theatre commands

The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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