Rituals & Practices

Rituals & Practices

Every Soul has its Song of Life!

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Spread the love           There is a tribe in central Africa, some say it is the Himba Tribe, while some say it is the Ubuntu Tribe, which have a unique tradition. When a woman wants to become a mother, she recluses herself from the tribe and goes to stay in the forest. She stays amongst nature and […]


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Osun: The River Goddess of Africa

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Spread the love           The Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is situated along the Osun River in the city of Osogbo and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here, a statue of the goddess Osun stands by the river with her arms outstretched as if to welcome visitors to her forest. Since ancient times, worshippers arrive at the Osun […]


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Killing Malikappurathamma: There is more to Sabarimala than Constitutional Rights

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Spread the love           The Supreme Court is seized of the matter. The five-judge Constitution bench has heard all sides of the argument. Fine high-flaunting law-points. But can Lord Ayyappa and Malikapurathamma be sacrificed and Sabarimala still be saved? What is Ayyappa without eternal celibacy? What is Malikapurathamma without eternal patience? Who will Tripti Desai go to […]


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Rustling Silks and Flamboyant Hues at Maharashtrian Weddings

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Spread the love            Ruchira tells us about Marathi weddings, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Marathi weddings are middle-level affairs, a sharp contrast from the big fat Indian wedding projected by the innumerable soap serials on television channels. Firstly, an engagement ceremony Sakhar Puda is held.  In a gathering of close friends and relatives saris and sweet […]


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Malayali Weddings: Simple Low-Key Affairs

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Spread the love            Malayali weddings are utterly devoid of all the pomp and fanfare that mark lavish Punjabi / Sikh/Bania weddings. These are summed up as Band Baaja Baraati. At a Malayali wedding there is neither loud music nor dancing, no mehendi, and sangeet, which are almost Sine Qua Non for weddings in northern parts […]


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Buro Shibtola: Oracles and Miracles Prove the Prowess of Shiva till date!

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Spread the love           Tales of oracles and miracles have survived for about two hundred years surrounding a Shiva temple, known as Buro Shib, beside the Ganga, near the port of Budge Budge, on the outskirts of Kolkata. On the last day of the Bengali year (usually the 14/15 April) the branch floats up. This branch is […]


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Festivals of Lights from Around the World

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Spread the love            Most cultures and peoples celebrate the festivals of lights. Anumita reveals many traditions, which are basically same. ‘Tamso ma jotirgamaya’ of the Hindus find echo in the Biblical ‘Lead symbolises ignorance (Avidya, death and despair). Fire and water are of great significance to the major religions of the world. Anumita takes a global view at the […]


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Diwali Market: A Fusion Song of Myriad Hues

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Spread the love            Come Diwali and the market place is decked up like a bride. The exuberance of shiny streamers of all shapes and sizes, soaked in bright colours were resting on roadside stands, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their potential buyers. A few customers merely touched, opened those itsy-bitsy creations, changed sides, checked their fall and […]


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Diwali: The Brightest Night from the Sky!

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Spread the love            Rajul recounts the story of Lord Rama’s homecoming on the New Moon night of Diwali. The joy and festivities among the people of Ayodhya is revisited. Thousands and thousands of diyas were lit to help the Pushpak Viman land safely behind the king’s palace. According to festival of Diwali has been celebrated to mark this […]


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Innate Indigo: Awakening the Kali Within

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Spread the love            At the midnight of Diwali, Kali Puja is performed by Bengalis. Tara, a garland seller at the Karunamayi Kali Temple, watches the temple committee arrange for the festival. Little by little, they have been arranging for Diwali since a long time. She has been in the hub of Kolkata since childhood. She has seen the […]


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