Religions of Ancient India

  • List of 11 Lord Rama Temples in India

    Lord Rama, the legend of the epic Hindu story, Ramayana. He was the son of King Dashratha and Rani Kaushalya of Ayodhya. He is considered to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. There are several temples dedicated to Lord Rama across India few of them are listed below. Let us have a look!

  • 7 Best Movies and TV Shows Inspired by Ramayana to Watch this Festive Season

    With Diwali approaching, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of the Ramayana. Read on to discover the 7 best movies and TV shows inspired by the Ramayana.

  • 9 Movies Inspired By Indian Mythology Everyone Should Watch

    Indian mythology has inspired several movies worldwide. Read on to learn about the best movies based on Indian mythology.

    Oct 13, 2022
  • List of Jain Tirthankaras

    A Tirthankara is a rare individual who has conquered the samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, on their own and made a path for others to follow.

    Nov 17, 2020
  • Jainism

    A Jain is defined as a follower of Jina. Jina means victor or Conqueror. Jainism started centuries before Buddhism but later on was revived by Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankar of Jainism. According to Jain theology, Janism is one of the oldest religion which has neither beginning nor end.

    Jul 27, 2015
  • Buddhist Scholars

    The objectives of the Buddhist teaching were to secure the salvation of individual or nirvana. Buddhism made an important impact on the society by keeping its doors open to women and Shudras. Buddhism taught people not to take things for granted but to argue and judge them on merits. Buddhism promoted rationalism among peoples. The Buddhists created a new language Hybrid Sanskrit by mixing Pali with Sanskrit.

    Jul 27, 2015
  • Hinayana and Mahayana

    After the death of Buddha, Buddhism was divided into two sects namely Mahayana and Hinayana. The terms Hinayana (Lesser Vehicle or Modest Vehicle) and Mahayana (Greater Vehicle or Vast Vehicle) originated in The Prajnaparamita Sutras (The Sutras on Far-Reaching Discriminating Awareness, The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras).

    Jul 27, 2015
  • The Buddha

    Sidhartha was born (c. 563 BC; Kapilavastu, Nepal) into the Gautama family of the Shakaya clan. The Shakayas were members of the priestly-warrior caste. In fact, Sidhartha's father(shuddhodhana) was the head of the tribe. Her mother’s name was Mahamaya. He got married to Yashodhara and got a son named Rahul. He left his luxurious life at the age of 29. At the age of thirty-five, under a papal tree, Sidhartha reached enlightenment and became an "enlightened one"--a Buddha (c. 528 BC).

    Sep 4, 2015
  • Buddhist Literature

    During his lifetime the Buddha taught not in Vedic Sanskrit, which had become unintelligible to the people, but in his own Indian dialect; he also encouraged his monks to propagate his teachings in the vernacular. After his death, the Buddhist canon was formulated and transmitted by oral tradition, and it was written down in several versions in the 2d and 1st cent. B.C. Its main divisions, called Pitakas.

    Jul 27, 2015
  • Buddhist Councils

    Six Buddhist Councils marked important turning points in the story of early Buddhism. This story spans the time from immediately after the death and Parinirvana of the historical Buddha in the 5th century BCE to sometime early in the first millennium CE. This is also the story of sectarian clashes and the eventual Great Schism that resulted in the two major schools, Theravada and Mahayana.

    Jul 27, 2015
  • Bodhisattvas

    A Bodhisattva is an ordinary person who takes up a course in his or her life that moves in the direction of Buddha. You're a bodhisattva, I'm a bodhisattva; actually, anyone who directs their attention, their life, to practicing the way of life of a Buddha is a Bodhisattva.

    Jul 27, 2015

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