Beauty and Majesty of Gagan Mahal in Bijapur, Karnataka

Bijapur in the Deccan plateau of south-western India was the capital of a Muslim kingdom, founded by the Yadava dynasty in the 12th century. It fell under the jurisdiction of the Bahmani Muslims in the 14th century. Its era of independent magnificence was from 1489 to 1686 when the Adil Shahi sultans made it their […]

Zen: A Religious and Philosophical Tradition

Zen is the concept that enlightenment may be realized through quiet meditation. Zen is a religious and philosophical tradition established by Myoan Eisai (1141-1215), who studied Chan Buddhism in China and founded Japan’s first Zen temple in 1191. The Chan School traces its own origins to Bodhidharma, the legendary Indian monk who brought Mahayana Buddhism […]

Om Mani Padme Hum: The Essential Mantra of Tibetan Buddhism

A mantra is a powerful and significant set of syllables, repeated in worshipping incantations. The most famous is ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ (Sanskrit, ‘Om, jewel of the lotus, hum’), an essential mantra of Tibetan Buddhism. The great Tibetan mantra, Om mani padme hum, engraved on metal and rock. It is also frequently printed on prayer […]

Architecture of the Famous Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud, Mysore

Nanjangud is a famous sacred town about 25 kilometers from Mysore. It is famous all over Karnataka because of the Srikanteshwara or Nanjundeshwara temple and people throng the porticos of this temple daily in large numbers. Fairytale has it that the sage Gautama stayed at Nanjangud and offered puja to the Shiva Linga, known as […]

Pythagoras’s Philosophy of Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is a conscious decision not to eat meat and other animal products. Vegetarianism is the principled refusal to eat meat. The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras (c. 570-c. 495 BCE), who required members of his philosophical society to abstain from eating meat, is often viewed as the first important vegetarian. Before the word “vegetarian” was […]