A Matha is an establishment encompassing a vast complex of a spiritual, religious, cultural and socio-economic entity
The evidence from architecture, sculpture, literature, numismatics and inscriptions, confirms that the Hindu temple is older than the popular academic surmise and older than its earliest extant examples.
“Part 3 of our journey on Dharmic Circuits, Pankaj Saxena expores the sacred trinity of a great temple, a sacred grove and a water body……………
Mount Kailash holds the most sacred of places in Hindu hearts. Along with being the abode of Shiva, it is also the earthly representation of the mythical Mount Meru.
In part 1 of this essay, Pankaj Saxena seeks to explicate how the divine amalgamation of Teertha Kshetras and the Yatras undertaken is the sacred thread that binds the Hindu society together.
In this piece, Pankaj Saxena explains the relevance of visionary thinker Ram Swarup Ji’s thoughts on the communist challenge in the present political climate.
Through an articulate argument Pankaj Saxena successfully demolishes the age-old charge that the Brahmins monopolized the knowledge system in ancient India.
What can Yayati Prashna tell us about technology and ecology? Where are we going wrong and what’s the way out?
There are very clear instructions in agamas on how to visit a temple and what to do upon visiting a temple. Every Agama Shastra has elaborate chapters on the behavior or ‘charya’ of the devotee
The most fundamental way in which the Hindu sculpture differs from the other significant pagan traditions is iconography. Hindu iconography does not just stop at the level of realism.
Do Hindus understand the symbolism of temple sculpture and architecture? Did our architects and sculptors create masterpieces whose meaning was lost upon the majority?
Dharmic and traditional societies had a wonderful and decentralized way of teaching worldviews and lifestyles which were necessary not just for their own survival but also for a harmonious co-existence with Nature.
The Temple and the Teertha – Chitrakoot is so central to the Ramayana the story of Shri Rama cannot be imagined apart from it.
The ancient Hindu temples in most places in north India were either destroyed or desecrated in the Medieval Era and hence were abandoned by Hindus.
Morena witnessed the last great bout of temple-building activity in the Kachhapaghata Era, lasting from the late 10th century to late 12th-century C.E.