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Parvati – Loving, terrible and creative, like most deities

Parvati is a central Hindu goddess and the consort of Siva as described in the Puranas. She is said to be the daughter of the Himalayas and a model for the ideal wife. Sometimes called Devi, Parvati is generally seen … Continue reading


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Sanskrit – Does God have a special language?

Sanskrit (samskrta = cultured, perfected, in contrast to prakrta = uncultured, popular) is the sacred, ancient language of Hinduism. One school of thought believes that an early form of Sanskrit originated with Aryan invaders and their Vedic hymns around 2,000 … Continue reading


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Rakshakas – Hindu and Buddhist demons

Embed from Getty Images Ogoh ogoh, demon procession during Balinese New Year’s Eve in Ubud. In Hinduism, Rakshakas (or Rakshasas) are demons appearing in the Puranas (sacred scripture laden with mythic stories) that are capable of shape shifting. Females are … Continue reading