India

Ancient Gauda
BY: SUN STAFF - 28.1 2019 Throughout Vaisnava literature we find frequent mention of Gauda-desa and Gauda-mandala-bhumi, sacred places where Sri Krsna Caitanya enacted His transcendental pastimes. This verse describes the Appearance of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai in Gauda: Caitanya-caritamrta Adi...Read more...
TOVP 2018 Achievements Overview
By editor - 28.1 2019 2018 was a landmark year for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium both in terms of construction achievements and fundraising. And the entire TOVP Team is grateful to all the devotees worldwide without whom this would not have been possible. As our motto states, we are...Read more...
The City of Dvaraka
Posted by S. Muthahar - 25.1 2019 [The City of Dvaraka] Dvaraka (meaning “the many-gated city”) is the capital of the Yadavas who ruled the Anarta Kingdom. The city was situated on the western point of Gujarat, and became submerged in the sea, as described in Volume 16 of...Read more...
Bhubanesvari Temple at Srikshetra
Posted by Ratnakar Mohapatra - 25.1 2019   Srikshetra, popularly known as Puri, is one of the famous Sakta pithas of Orissa. The temple of Goddess Bhubanesvari is an important Sakta shrine of Srikshetra. It is situated to the north of the western gateway within the inner...Read more...
The Kitchen of Lord Jagannath, Biggest in the World
By Saroj Kumar Panda - 25.1 2019 Sri Jagannath is the Lord of the Universe. His Kitchen is considered as the largest and the biggest Kitchen in the world. It is situated south-east direction of the outer compound of Srimandir. The length of the Kitchen is 150 feet, breadth is 100 feet and...Read more...
Abodes of Lord Muruga: Palani
Posted by S. Rajan - 24.1 2019 [Abodes of Lord Muruga: Palani] Lord Murugan is the deity of the Tamil Land. Palani (Tiru Avinankudi) is the third Padai Veedu. The temple at Palani is an ancient one, situated at an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level. The deity of Palani is known as...Read more...
Lokanatha Temple at Puri
Posted by Ratnakar Mohapatra - 24.1 2019 [Lokanatha Temple at Puri] The temple of Lokanatha is situated at a distance of about 2½ kms to the west of Jagannatha temple of Puri. The western boundary of the Puri town is guarded by the temple of Lokanatha, which is traditionally...Read more...
Sri Saranatha Perumal Temple Brahmotsavam at Thirucherai
By editor - 23.1 2019 The Saranathan Temple in Thirucherai, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is...Read more...
Vrndavana – Land of No Return
By Brahmananda Dasa - 21.1 2019 From the beginning of time, man has yearned for the perfect home a paradise, a Shangri-la, a Walden where he could live eternally in peace and happiness. Such a place cannot be found anywhere in the material world, however, for the material world is by its...Read more...
Celebrating the Juhu Temple Opening
By Giriraj Swami - 15.1 2018 January 14, Makara-sankranti, marks the anniversary of the grand opening of Sri Sri Radha-Rasabihari’s temple and cultural complex in Juhu, Bombay. Two days after the opening, The New York Times ran an article on the front page of its second...Read more...
The Ancient Katasraj Shiva Temple in Pakistan
Posted by The Editor - 11.1 2019 Katasraj Mandir is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in Pakistan still in use to this...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 50
BY: SUN STAFF - 7.1 2019 Sudarshan Chakra  Vaisnava-stambha, Dattatreya Temple - Bhaktapur, Nepal The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. Conclusion Over the course of this series we have covered the history of Nepal, particularly as...Read more...
Message from the Chairman of the TOVP
By Ambarisa das - 7.1 2019   Dear Supporters and Friends, Please accept my humble respects. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Please accept the blessings of Sri Pancha Tattva, Sri Sri Radha Madhava, and Sri Narasimhadev from Sridham Mayapur. Congratulations to all of you in helping...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 49
BY: SUN STAFF - 4.1 2019 The Pandavas  (Left to right) Bhima, Arjuna, Yudhisthira, Nakula, Sahadeva and Draupadi  Dasavatar Temple, Deogarh The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.   Barka Naach - Nepal's Tribal...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 48
BY: SUN STAFF - 3.1 2019 Mahabharata Character Actors, Nepal Festival    The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.   Barka Naach - Nepal's Tribal Mahabharata When considering regional or tribal versions of great epics...Read more...
Archaeology and Vaishnava Tradition, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 3.1 2019 Shiva on Gold Dinar of King Kadphises 2nd Century Part Two of a monograph by Ramaprasad Chanda, published by the Archaeological Survey of India, 1998. The Garuda pillars of Besnagar not only indicate that Vasudeva was already identified with Vishnu as conceived...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 47
BY: SUN STAFF - 3.1 2019 Tharu Barka Naach, Nepali Mahabharata   The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.   Barka Naach - Nepal's Tribal Mahabharata Many regional Indian cultures over the years have produced their own...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 46
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.12 2018 Mahendradevana and Kamalaprabha  Newari Mahabharata, 14th-15th c.  Philadelphia Museum of Art  The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.   Mahabharata in Nepal Our series on Nepal in the...Read more...
Kurukshetra, Part Eight
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.12 2018 Kurukshetra Battlefield Scene The last, from "A Tour in the Punjab", a report by Alexander Cunningham, published in Calcutta (1882) for the Archaeological Survey of India.   Pulwal, 3 miles to the south-east of Thanesar, on the Aughvati River,...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 45
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.12 2018 Kedarnath Temple and the Body of Kedarnath Bull The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. Doleshwar Mahadev Bhaktapur, Nepal is home to a temple with a very interesting connection to the Mahabharata Period. Known...Read more...
Kurukshetra, Part Seven
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.12 2018 The Battle of Kurukshetra  Kashmir c. 1820 From "A Tour in the Punjab", a report by Alexander Cunningham, published in Calcutta (1882) for the Archaeological Survey of India. The places of pilgrimage at Prithudaka are very numerous, but there...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 44
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.12 2018 Sri Muktinath (and consorts)  The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.   Sri Muktinath Muktinath is one of the most-visited tirthas in Nepal, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists, and the glories of...Read more...
Kurukshetra, Part Six
BY: SUN STAFF - 23.12 2018 Saraswati Tank, Pehowa, Kurukshetra  Photo courtesy Hemant Shesh, Panoramio From "A Tour in the Punjab", a report by Alexander Cunningham, published in Calcutta (1882) for the Archaeological Survey of India.   Godali. — Apagi...Read more...
Nepal in the Mahabharata Period, Part 43
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.12 2018 Lord Budhanilkantha Visnu, Kathmandu The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed. Budhanilkantha Visnu The antiquity of Vishnu worship in Kathmandu Valley is evident in the person of Budhanilkantha Visnu, a 1,380 year...Read more...
Kurukshetra, Part Five
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.12 2018 Silver drachm of King of Harshavardhana of Thanesvar (ancient Kurukshetra), c. 647 C.E. From "A Tour in the Punjab", a report by Alexander Cunningham, published in Calcutta (1882) for the Archaeological Survey of India. In the following list of the...Read more...
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