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Dharmaveer Bharati’s Andhayug – On What Happened after the great Mahabharata War

The play ‘Andhayug’ by Dharmaveer Bharati (1926 – 1997) deals with the atrocities and moral devastation brought by the Mahabharata war. The war brought depression, hopelessness, frustration and guilt in those who survived the war. Andhayug is a milestone in Indian Theater and is written in Hindi.The play narrates the inner conflicts in the mind of Lord Krishna and other important participants in the war. Andhayug starts on the last day of the Mahabharata War and ends with Lord Krishna leaving the earth. The play is written in Hindi.One of the striking scenes in Andhayug is Gandhari, the mother of Kauravas, cursing Lord Krishna for not stopping the war. Krishna accepts the curse stating that during the eighteen day war it was I who died hundreds of times and it was I who got injured hundreds of times.

Kerala Onam 2007

Onam is one of the most important festivals in Kerala. It falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August – September) and is a widely anticipated festival by Malayalis all around the world. In 2007, Onam is on August 28. The preparation for the festival begins on the Atham day in the Chingam month. The tenth day from Atham is the Onam day. Malayali’s say ‘Atham pathinu ponnonam’ meaning ‘the tenth day from Atham is Onam.’Atham is on August 17, 2007.First Onam is on August 26, 2007.Thiruonam is on August 27, 2007. (The most important day)Third Onam is on August 28, 2007.Fourth Onam is on August 29, 2007.(It must be noted that Thiruonam falls on the 11th day from Atham this year. This is because the star Anizham occurs twice on 21 and 22.)The myth of Onam is related to Lord Vishnu’s Vamana Incarnation. Onam is the day when King Mahabali pays a visit to his subjects. A unique feature of this festival is that all Malayalis irrespective of their religion participate in the festival.…

The Concept of Death in Hinduism

The concept of death in Sanatana Dharma (Hindu religion) is dealt comprehensively in the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that He is death in the form of Time. Time consumes everything, from the tiniest atom to all those mighty universes in the material world.Death in the Vedas – The Vedic concept of death is that it is an integral part of the life of every living being on earth. The Vedic concept of death is elaborately explained in the Katha Upanishad by Yama, the god of death, to the young Nachiketa. The teaching of Vedas is reiterated by Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. Krishna tells that there is no death for the jiva or soul, ‘Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor these rulers of men. Nor shall all of us cease to be hereafter.’ Death pertains only to the physical body and ‘...the soul merely changes bodies just as the body changes clothes.’Krishna says: ‘What-ever object a person thinks of at the time of death, he attains to that object alone... Whoe…