Legend
In a country as large as ours, surely one god isn’t enough to cater to everyone’s demands. No blasphemy intended; India is home to many gods and goddesses, some who were born here and some who have traveled from faraway lands. On one of my visits to Gujarat, into the
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The Sindhi community and has an interesting myth which involves the Vedic god, Varuna, the god of the oceans. While many of the present day Sindhis either follow the Hindu mainstream deities or the Sikh religion, on the day of Cheti Chand, they remember their patron saint, Jhulelal. It is
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The shrine of Bullet Baba
There is a saying that it takes all sorts to make the world and the story I am about to tell you proves this. About 50 kilometers from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on the highway to Pali, near Chotila village, one comes across a deity called Bullet baba. On a raised platform,
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The king who battled a god
During a recent visit to Faridabad, Haryana I saw a temple which was called “Maharaja Agrasen ka Mandir” — the temple of Maharaja Agrasen. It wasn’t a typical temple structure and there weren’t too many people around it at the time. Besides the temple was closed at that time and
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Alha Udal and the devi of Maihar
The story below is a composite; I first heard it from a colleague who heard it from his father. It was added to by a young boy from Ayodhya who had just turned 21. He is employed by a cab company in New Delhi and said that he had heard
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Alauddin Khilji was on his way to India and busy demolishing all the temples en route. He reached Siddhpur, close to the village of Becharaji. The Brahmans of Siddhpur were disturbed and annoyed with the sultan’s destructive ways and decided to fast to please lord NilkanthMahadev. The sultan asked them
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