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About Indianscriptures
India is sacred of so many wonderful scriptures
which were initially passed on from gurus to
their sishyas through listening. Indianscriptures
provides authentic information related to our
scriptures. Here you will be aware of hindu Gods,
Gurus, temples, festivals, vedic society, vedic
knowledge, art and tradition of Indian culture.
Our aim is to create a one-stop portal with our
Scriptures, epics, articles on our scriptures and
also books in the digitized format. The articles
are contributed by renowned gurus, scholars and
reputed institutions from India as well as from
all over the world. These are presented in a
logical, scientific and rational manner. The user
friendly portal hopes to capture the imagination
of the youth and get them interested in our
scriptures. Professionals should be able to
enrich their lives as they seek answers and
suggestions to various aspects of life and living
from the wisdom of our seers whose message is
both eternal and relevant to any age.
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Vedic Lifestyle
What is the way of life propagated by our ancient
seers in their infinite wisdom? Is this holistic
and relevant in the modern world, does it take it
into account all the factors that influence an
individuals life. In short what is the world
view espoused by our scriptures? Learn more in
this section that helps you have a birds eye
view of Hindu Philosophy and acquaints the
readers with the core values of Hinduism. India
is a land of festivals - some part or the other
is busy fasting or feasting according to the days
of the Hindu calendar. These joyous celebrations
are an occasion to celebrate life and the living
and are interspersed with legends and anecdotes
that help us recall the significance of the
event. Find Vedic lifestyle, Cultural Events,
Customs and Traditions, Festivals, Food and
Health, Rituals, mantra, prayers, marriage
tradition and more from Indianscriptures. We will
give you information on Vedic lifestyle about how
our ancients prescribed a variety of diet to be
followed during different seasons according to
different body types.
Cultural Festivals of India
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International Kite Festival
The festival of Uttarayan is unique to Gujarat,
when the skies over most cities of the state are
filled with kites from before dawn until well
after dark. The festival is celebrated when
winter begins turning to summer, on Makar
Sankranti or Uttarayan marking the suns
transition into the northern hemisphere.
Thrissur Pooram
One of the most popular temple festivals
celebrated in the state of Kerala, Thrissur
Pooram falls in the Malayalam month of 'Medam'
corresponding to May in the English calendar.
 Pooram in Malayalam means Procession and temples
in and around the famous temple of
Vaddakkunnathan in Thrissur pooram participate
in processions on this day to pay obeisance to
Lord Shiva.
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Customs and traditions
Jain Traditions
Dasara or Vijayadashami
Jainism is an ancient Indian religion which has
been derived from the word Jina or Victor
meaning a human being who has conquered his inner
enemies of anger, greed, pride, desire,
attachment and other passions through self
discipline to attain Kevala Jnana or pure
infinite knowledge. The Kevalin then becomes a
liberated soul attaining Nirvana or Moksha and
attains Godhood according to Jainism. One who is
permanently liberated from the infinite cycles of
birth and earth then becomes a Siddha.
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Dasara or Vijayadashami
In the first half of the month of Asvij, Hindus
observe a nine day ceremony of fast,
rituals and celebrations to honor various forms
of Shakti. This nine day ceremony is called
Navaratri and it ends with Dasara, on the tenth
day. Usually Navaratri and Dasara are celebrated
together throughout the country, with great
enthusiasm and energy.
It is a religious bathing festival of enormous
size where monks, pilgrims, and devotees will
come from their remote dwellings and hiding
places to gather for a historical moment.They
come to experience the essence of their culture
and to participate in the largest spiritual
gathering of humanity, the MahaKumbaMela.
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Food and Health
Food and Health in Vedic Scriptures
Dharmashastras are Sanskrit texts which lay down
the rules for diet or Bhojana pertaining to
Hinduism. It was given great importance as the
type of food, the direction and season in which
they were offered, the food offered as
sacrificial offerings etc all played a great role
in the psychology and health of the individual
and in society as a whole.
Food Tales from Scriptures
The feast of Kubera
Once, Kubera decided to hold an extravagant feast
for all the Gods in order to show them the extent
of his wealth and influence. His arrogance and
pride had reached such a pinnacle that to further
enhance his prestige he wished to arrange it in a
way that had never been witnessed by the Gods
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Mantra Prayers
Daily Prayers
Lord Ganesh, who wears a white garment, who is
all-pervading, who has a bright complexion, who
has four arms, who has an ever smiling face, upon
that God, I meditate for removal of all obstacles.
Morning Prayers
Aaditya Hridayam is an invocation to Paramaatmaa,
who exists in the heart of the Sun in the form of
energy, which is responsible for the creation,
sustenance and ultimate dissolution of the
universe. It consists of 31 shlokas which were
given to Shree Rama by Rishi Agastya. 
By your blessings, a mute becomes talkative and a
lame climbs a mountain. O Eternally Blissful
Madhava, I offer my slautations.
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Marriage Traditions
Marriage Ritual- Kanyadana
Kanyadanaceremony in a Hindu wedding comes after
the Sankalpaceremony. Kanyadana ceremony is a
highly complex one, and rightly it is so for
marriage makes or mars a life. The brides
parents, glad in their hearts, that they have
secured a Vedavit for their daughter, treat him
with due respect.
Vivaha Sanskaras
Indian society strongly believes in the
institution of marriage and lifetime commitment.
Most Indian marriage forms are based on the
ancient philosophies of Vedas and Upanishads. The
symbolic union of two persons in holy matrimony
has remained virtually unblemished and unchanged
for almost 5,000 years. Thus, Indian marriage
system follows the oldest and most authentic
nuptial rituals in the world.
Dharma Sutras in Scriptures
The Dharma Sutras and the Grihya Sutras are
considered to be two very important sources of
knowledge in Hinduism. While the Grihya
Sutras describe the duties of the householder and
the domestic rites, the Dharma Sutras describe
the rules and regulation for the proper discharge
of Dharma i.e. law, religion, duty, customs,
traditions etc. There are a lot of overlapping
ideas in the Dharma Sutras and the Grihya Sutras.
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Nature Worship
The Hindu Worship of Rivers
One of the greatest strengths of the ancient
Hindus has been their love and reverence for all
things natural. Nature has therefore never been
considered as a foe to be conquered. As a matter
of fact the ancient Hindus were forbidden from
the exploitation of nature and its elements.
Hindus were also advised to recognize the
divinity that exists in all elements and these
include plants and animals. The Rishis and Munis
perceived that all material manifestations are a
shadow of the spiritual.
Significance of Tree Worship
In the Indian context we get mixed signals. On
the one hand people, especially women worship the
tulsi plant while we can see the reverence with
which Indians treat the vat and the banyan tree.
On the other hand trees are mercilessly cut down
to make roads, construct buildings and sometimes
for no excuse whatsoever. We also see that there
is an awakening all over the world towards saving
the ecology that is now the panacea against an
increasing carbon footprint. However, the worship
of trees did have a religious bias in India.
Whether environmental sentiments were actually
behind it all or not the reader has to judge for
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Puja Vidhi in Hindi
Dainik Puja Vidhi
Devi Puja
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Devotional Rituals
Hinduism has hundreds of brief and elaborate
rituals. Formerly, the mandir used to be the
nucleus of almost every village and town in
India. Mostly all activities were centered in and
around the mandir. So, the rituals of darshan,
arati, seta and celebrating festivals became an
intrinsic part of a Hindu's life. From the simple
pranam and the chanting of God's names to the
elaborate yajna rituals, all are focused on
worship and pleasing the Divine. 
Rituals for the Departed
Also known as Pitrapaksh or Kanaagath, Shraadh is
performed over a period of fifteen days. The date
or tithi of death, as per the Hindu calendar, is
considered as the day of Shraadh. The other
fifteen days are known as the Pitrapaksh.
Shraadhs usually fall somewhere between the
months of August and September. During the
performance of the Shraadhs, the departed members
are invited to be a part of the family and feasts
are organized in their honor.
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Hindu Symbology
Hinduism is rich in symbolism. Many acts of
worship, such as puja, are symbolic, a form of
visualisation in which worshippers simulate
activities normally performed on higher planes of
existence. Thus the scope of symbolism is broad
and includes physical acts such as offering
pranam (obeisances) with folded hands. Such
physical gestures tend to induce the appropriate
mood and awareness within the practitioner. Many
symbols are considered auspicious, embodying the
notion of inner purity. Sacred emblems are
displayed in the home or temple to invoke good
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Hinduism- A way of life
Hinduism known as Sanathana Dharma or Law Eternal
is a way of life and has been in existence since
the timeless beginning. The word Sanatana means
ancient it also means eternal or everlasting.
Hence, the word Sanatana is defined as that which
is old and at the same time ever new. It is
ancient yet ever fresh, ever relevant
transcending time and age.
Bhakti Rasas and Bhavas
Bhava is the essence of Bhakti Rasa. Bhava is a
feeling towards Lord Sri Krishna. Bhava is
developed when the Bhakti Rasa is devoid of any
selfish goals and Tamas and Rajasika thoughts.
Karma and Reincarnation
The concept of karma and reincarnation based on
Hinduism is amongst one of those knowledge
treasures for which this religion is revered by
the people of all religions and beliefs.
Sadhana- Some Glimpses
Life is just not about living so as to survive.
In fact, life is about perceiving its meaning in
the real sense all the way while experiencing it.
Now the question arises how one can start
perceiving or reflecting on the real meaning of
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Devata - the Luminary in a Yajna
Vedic literature is the broad foundation on which
the magnificent edifice of Yajna has been raised.
This mansion is for the devata of the yajna. Just
as a king is a unique figure in his kingdom, the
devata too is unique to every yajna. All the
other constituents of a yajna, such as items of
oblation, mantras, priests, etc, can have
alternatives, but not the devata.
Holistic Ancient Yagya Lifestyle
Holistic ancient lifestyle advocates the pursuit
of a good, clean and wholesome life. The Yagya
routine followed in the ancient days provided the
means of quantum healing through Physics,
Pravargya and many other skillful traditions.
Effect of Yajnas on Rains
In Yajneeya Process, hygroscopic aerosol
particles generated from medicinal plants and
aromatic substance results in pure water from
rains and healthy atmosphere for crops and human
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Description of Devatas
Devatas are natural powers. They are ready to
shower grace, but only as long as we are
righteous. Pure air is essential for the
biosphere and is available in plenty, but if
excesses are created whereby the cycle is broken
or the balanced proportion of gases in the
atmosphere is disturbed, we are punished. In
metaphoric language, it means that the devata is
satisfied by praise and angry if not worshipped.
Devta Dhyanam
Before the chanting of suktas/richas
(hymns/verses), it is customary to pronounce the
name of the rishi, the concerned devata and the
metre before dispensation of the sukta/richa.
There is a reason for this tradition which can be
explained by drawing an analogy. To draw
electric current from a source (battery,
generator or powerhouse) to a point, the two need
to be connected through a medium. Similarly, in
the yajnic process when the host or yajamana
desires to establish a one-to-one relationship
with the devata (with a view to drawing power) he
needs to form a connection with it. A medium for
this (virtual) connection is formed by 'calling
aloud' the name of the rishi, the metre and the
devata of the sukta. The chanting of mantras and
the rituals that follow, work as a switch to
enable the flow of power from the source - the
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