Jaugada – Beyond Ashokan Edicts

Who does not like listening a good story? Otherwise what is there in a desolate archaeological site, such as Jaugada in Rusikuliya Valley of southern Odisha. In the 3rd Century BCE, it was a flourishing civilisation. Known as Samapa, its prosperity had dragged Ashoka to address its provincial head, Mahamatta and its people on dhamma…

Mallinath Ji Temple at Bankli – Where Shiva is a Folk God

In India, if you are a foreign tourist seeking knowledge about Hinduism, there are scores of books, both affordable and expensive, yet most of all concentrate on formal Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. Yet there is another side of Hinduism that revolves around folk beliefs and folk heroes, who once…

Bengaluru’s St Mary Church – A Place of Intense Devotion

Today is Christmas, a day celebrated world over for the birth of Christ, the man who showed humanity the path of love. In India, Christianity is as old as the religion itself. Two thousand years before, Christianity arrived here from its holy land to Malabar Coast at Muziris. In the Middle Age Roman Catholics had…

Kalo Dungar – Living on the Edge

A story goes: ‘When Dattatreya, a monk and a lord of Yoga walked on earth, he stopped at a barren hill in Kutch where he found a band of starving jackals. Dattatreya was moved and offered his body to eat and as hungry jackals finished their meal, his body continually regenerated itself.’ The hill is…