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Origin of Hinduism – IV

The archeological excavations in Mohenjodaro and Harappa point to a highly developed culture. The people who lived here had neatly laid out streets and well constructed houses. Implements, terracotta seals and painted pots were of high standard. They domesticated dogs and their activities spread outside the domain of agriculture.In Mohenjodaro, a large bath has been discovered with rooms and statutes indicating purification rites. Many figures of human shape have been unearthed from here. The figures are seated on their heels with knees apart. The eyes are half closed and are directed towards the nose-tip. Some figures have their hands folded in the way in which Hindus greet.
Numerous statues of goddesses have been discovered from the various sites. This gives a clear indication of fertility rites. Some of the objects excavated resemble ‘Lingas.’ The age of these sites are placed between 3500 and 5000 BCE.We must remember here that these ancient cities were highly developed. The type o…

The story of Hindu Widows

The treatment meted out to widows by certain section of Hindu society is appalling. The life of a widow in rural India is nothing short of dreadfulness. So much has been written about this aspect. It is high time the Hindu society took up the issue of widows.

Certain societies in India have changed during the past 60 years. A classic example is the Hindu society in Kerala. Primary education has done a world of good here. Remarriage is no longer a problem in Kerala. Hindu society should take lessons from Kerala. A reformation should take place within the Hindu society.

The story of India's widows by Dheera Sujan is an eye opener. “My mother became a widow at the age of 37. Soon after, she packed up her children and her belongings and left India for a job in Australia. 40 years later, her family still hasn't really recovered from losing us, and I think she's never stopped feeling guilty for leaving them. When I asked her why she'd made such a drastic move at a time when wome…

Quote for the day - Shri N. Kulkarni

The chief aim of our religious exercises is to gain prosperity, good health and triumph over our adversaries. We flatter our gods with prayers, bribe them with offerings ‘wash’ our sins in sacred rivers and pay priests to carry out expensive rituals on our behalf. Even thugs and thieves do all these things in the hope, they will gain supernatural assistance in the performance of their nefarious deeds. This kind of religion does more harm than good.
Shri N. Kulkarni Illustrated Weekly of India of 26th January 1973, Page 10.