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The Unique Satyanarain: Secularism, Goan Style!

Humourist Soumya keenly observes rituals in government offices in various parts of India. Goa holds the surprise. Smile with him, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Traditionally, offices in the government sector in our secular country do not observe any religious ceremony of any faith. This is largely followed in the Eastern sector, […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Unrighteous Rampage – XXVII

Nilanjana retells a well-known story from the Bhagavatam, a Krishna lore, about how Kamsa killed six children born to his sister, Devaki, out of fear. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Devaki and Vasudeva stayed in a palace that was specially built for them. In course of time, Devaki gave birth […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Arrogant Doorkeepers Reborn Again – XXVI

Nilanjana retells the story of oracle about Lord Krishna birth and fear and anger of Kamsa, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. As discussed in a post earlier, Jayah and Vijayah, the door-keepers of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by Brahma’s sons. Hence, they had to take birth in the world of mortals. Lord […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Shri Rama – XXV

Nilanjana retells the story of Shri Rama, the seventh avatar of Narayan, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Shri Rama is the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. Jayah and Vijayah, the door-keepers of Lord Vishnu were cursed by Brahma’s sons. We have discussed this story earlier. As a result of this curse, they […]

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Islamic Contributions to Science

Islamic scholars and scientists played a significant role in defining and shaping philosophy and science. What were the points of agreements and departures from the western thoughts? Ashoka, in this in-depth research, uncovers an area less visited, exclusively in Different Truths.   The word ‘Islam’ in the title denotes both Islam as religion and as […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Parashurama – XXIV

Nilanjana retells the story of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Parashurama is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The story of his birth is quite interesting. Satyavati was King Gadhi’s daughter. She was given in marriage to a Brahmin1 though she was born a Kshatriya2. […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Vishwamitra – XXIII

Nilanjana retells the story of Rishi Vishwamitra and how he changed, through penance, from a proud King Kaushika, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. King Kaushika was a renowned king of his time. His subjects were happy with him and his fame spread wide. Once, while he was touring his kingdom, he decided […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Bhagirathi – XXII

Nilanjana recounts the story of Bhagirathi – the descent of Ganga – from the heavens. It’s a well-known tale from the Bhagavatam, presented lucidly in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.   King Sagara was keen, like most famous kings, to perform the Ashwamedha Yagna. Now, the king had two queens. The first one, […]

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

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 positioned straight […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Vision of Markandeya – XXI

Nilanjana retells the story of the vision of Markendeya from the Bhagavatam. Vishnu manifested to Markandeya in the form of Nara and Narayana. Markandeya was overwhelmed by the grace that was showered on him. When Vishnu insisted on blessing him with a boon he requested that he would like to know the Maya (illusion) that […]

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