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Mythology and More

Ganapati Bappa Morya – The reverberating chant

Ganapati Bappa Morya Mythology

The Hindu month of Bhadrapada brings in my most cherished festival, Ganesh Chaturthi. On the fourth day (chaturthi) of the Bhadrapada month, the elephant-headed Hindu God, Ganesh, is worshipped. Ganesh, Ganapati, Gajanana, Ganaraya, Vinayaka, Vigneshwara, Pillaiyar are only some of the many names that He is popularly known with. Lord of the people, remover of obstacles, the elephant-headed one – irrespective of the name He is called with, Lord Ganapati is loved by young and old alike. As the festival…

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an evening piece

it’s one of those evenings. feels as if the world is spinning out of control. i wonder what control we seek and what is this world that seems to be in such danger. around me, in “reality”, all is as it should be. or so it seems. what if nothing is the way we think it is? what if we are just creating a fantasy, each our own, and what we see touch taste hear smell is just in our…

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Fictional Beasts and Where to Find Them II

fictional beasts phoenix griffin sphinx

The other day on a local radio station a boy and girl were arguing if dragons were real or not. Actually.. let me rephrase.. the girl was insisting that the boy be open to the possibility of the existence of dragons. The world of Game of Thrones is real, she reasoned. The future of their relationship depended on the outcome of the argument. So, in case you are ever faced a similar situation let me arm you with all the necessary knowledge…

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Fictional Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fictional Beasts Dragons Unicorns Centaurs

J.K Rowling would do this sort of thing way better. In fact, she has a book on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which covers the Harry Potter Lore about some of these. Still, I thought it would be fun to read up and talk about all the part animal like creatures that often pop up in fiction, legend and, sometimes, even newspaper sightings around us. Fire breathing or gentle, evil or pure, to part human or god, they are…

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The Unparalleled Devotee

Unparalleled devotee narad muni vishnu story

It is said that taking the name of God before starting anything new is an auspicious beginning. So, I have predictably decided on my first post in Mythology and More to be on a story of God.   All day long Narad muni had one name on his lips. “Narayan, Narayan.” With a tranquil tilt of his head, hand raised towards the heavens and a cheerful smile, he would start all sentences, end all meetings and fill all spaces in between…

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the bandit ratnakar

this is an ancient story and perhaps it never really happened the way it’s told… but that’s all right. because stories are necessary, no matter where they took place; in the real world or in the story teller’s imagination. it’s important we have our stories and never ever lose them, don’t you think? when i was a child my father used to tell me this tale of a fierce bandit, it always touched me, held me in its thrall. my…

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