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Symbolism of Flags in Hindu Temples

All Hindu temples have a flag and are hoisted mainly during festivals and auspicious days on a Dwaja Stambha. But in North India, flags are a constant feature of a Hindu temple and it flutters on all days. Symbolically, hoisting the flag suggest setting out to conquer, and a devotee comes to the temple to conquer his ego and gain control over the baser nature with the help of the Supreme Being.
The Sanskrit word for the flag is ‘dhvaja’ and it means whatever is raised. In the religious sense, whatever raises man to a higher lever of understanding and activity is a ‘dhvaja.’ The flag also suggests hope and desire to overcome ignorance.
Some flags and banners hoisted in temples act as a message board and give an idea about the deity worshipped in the temple. It also suggests which particular incarnation or manifestation of the God is given importance in the temple.
Some temple flags are specifically designed for the purpose of temple festivals and are only hoisted during the festival p…

Clay Sanskrit Library aims to publish readable and reliable Translations of Sanskrit Classics

Are you searching for English translations of Sanskrit Classics – including the Mahabharata and Ramayana – then you should visit Clay Sanskrit Library project website. The project aims to publish readable and reliable translations of Sanskrit classics with scholarly introductions and annotations keeping in mind the needs of a common man. The translated classics are not free of cost but you get to read excerpts for free; and if interested, you can buy it online from the Clay Sanskrit Library.Clay Sanskrit Library is a combined project of the JJC Foundation, established by Sanskrit scholar and businessman John Clay, and New York University Press (NYU Press). Leading scholars in Sanskrit from 10 countries are part of the project, which was started in 2005. The project plans to complete 50 volumes by 2009.Apart from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the project covers works of drama, poetry, satire and novels in Sanskrit. Each book contains the original Sanskrit text in transliterated Roman l…