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Book – Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History

Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew J. Nicholson attempts to prove that the unified Hindu identity did not happen with the arrival of the British in India as widely propagated by the British, Christian missionaries and Marxist historians. Andrew J. Nicholson, assistant professor of Hinduism and Indian intellectual history in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University, suggests that the unity happened during the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries when philosophers and saints of the Bhakti cult treated the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, along with the worshippers of Vishnu, Shiva, and Shakti, as belonging to a single system of belief and practice. About the book from the flyer Drawing on the writings of philosophers from late medieval and early modern traditions, including Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson shows how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy

Nandini Navami

Nandini Navami is dedicated the holy cow Nandini mentioned in the Hindu Scriptures. Nandini Navami 2022 date is December 2. The popular belief is that Nandini was the first cow to appear on earth – she is the daughter of Kamadhenu who appeared during the churning of ocean. Nandini Navmi is observed on the ninth of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Margashirsha (November – December). Nandini was given to Sage Vasishta by Kamadhenu. It is therefore believed that Nandini is the mother of all the cows on earth. Special ‘Go Puja’ is held on the day.