Honoring and Understanding the Significance of Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated on the first full moon (Purnima) after the summer solstice in the month of Ashadha (the fourth month of the year, beginning on 22 June and ending on 22 July) according to the Hindu calendar. Guru Purnima is dedicated to honoring and expressing gratitude to spiritual and academic teachers, known as gurus, it is an auspicious and significant festival followed by Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions. In the oldest beliefs, it is believed that the day marks the first transmission of the Yogic sciences from Lord Shiva (The Adi yogi or first yogi) to his disciples, the ‘Saptarishi’, which means ‘seven sages’. After receiving their knowledge from the Adi Guru or the first guru the Saptarishis carried his teachings. Every spiritual process on the planet draws from the spine of knowledge created by Adiyogi.
Published in Jul 2024
The Magic of Mirrors in Home Decor: A bold design statement
Mirrors have a transforming power when it comes to changing the perspective of a space. Using mirrors in your home in the right way can broaden the field of vision and provide any space with a feeling of spaciousness by enhancing the architectural elements. Mirrors are usually meant to serve the basic requirement of grooming and appearance check, but in addition to being a useful component, they also have some aesthetic value, and power to allure the vibe of the interior space they are placed in.
Published in Jul 2024
The Allure of the Kasavu Saree:  A Timeless Tradition in Modern Times
India is a land full of heritage and rich textile traditions consisting of various regional classifications of people. Every state has its own culture and unique skills, providing a vast and diversified spread of cultural knowledge and upliftment. There were a variety of factors that influenced the significance of textile and cultural heritage back in the time, Mughal era, British Raj, post-independence era, as well as the emerging contemporary trends are some of the leading justifications for that. Through all of it, Indian heritage is rooted deep in the beliefs and values of our ethnic legacy. The textile of India consists of a variety of materials that are derived from natural and synthetic fabrics like cotton, silk, and wool jute, which are then weaved and sewed into graceful pieces of clothing. Apart from that, a variety of crafts and skills like hand embroidery, dyeing, chikankari, etc, are still practiced and appreciated in several parts of the country.
Published in Jul 2024
Friendship Day gift ideas: show your appreciation as a friend
Friendship Day is a day to celebrate your friendships with your chums, to relive the moments that you shared, and most importantly a day to cherish a never-ending bond that you have created along the way. Friendships are never planned, they are undoubtedly the most unexpected thing to ever take place, it is a pure and innocent bond between the two individuals. What starts as a simple bond ends up being a ride-or-die. From being out on crazy day-outs, bunking and sneaking out of a class, to the lowest of times friends have seen it all. They are someone who knows you inside out, far more than your blood relations but still never end up judging you for who you are and that is what we call a true friendship. Let’s showcase our appreciation towards our friends by delivering thoughtful friendship day gifts to them right from our hearts in the form of little tokens of love. Here we have a list of unique gifting options for friends to cater to the liking of your fussiest of companions which you can choose from that will surely make friendship day a memorable one for you and your buddies.
Published in Jul 2024
Decor ideas to help your home stay fresh, all through the rains
Monsoon is a special time of year, a season that delivers a wave of relief and happiness. After an extended summer, the monsoon arrives. Most likely, the rainy season might be the time to unwind and take advantage of the cooler weather for some. However, the rains always bring back nostalgia and a sense of comfort. Standing on our balconies looking at the prolonged shower of rain pouring down from the sky and drenching everything that comes in contact with it, the earthy essence of the soil that smells like nothing but calmness and nostalgia, tiny little birdies hiding under a roof shaking water off their quill, are some of the little things that bring joy to many. Even though it feels awesome to do so, keeping our doors and windows open to enjoy the weather for a longer time often leads to several drawbacks like foul smell, dirt, and even musty clothes. Rain can take a toll on us very easily leaving behind an unpleasant environment across your home, so here are several tips regarding home decor ideas and living room inspiration that you can follow to keep your space fresh and well-maintained while you are busy soaking in the monsoon feels.
Published in Jul 2024
Regional Drapes with Global Appeal - Bomkai, Bandhani, Baluchari and More
Indian sarees for centuries have been a source of inspiration for fashion designers and artists, who have looked at this flowing ancient garment time and again to find refreshing ideas of design, fit, and motif. Silk and cotton drapes of India have been cherished the world over for their regal and refined look. However, the regional drapes, and sarees from different states of India, originating in the local tradition of these regions are equally enchanting. Blending comfort and timeless elegance, these regional drapes today have a global appeal, thanks to the effortless feminine grace they offer. This blog takes a look at a few historic regional drapes, and will answer a few questions to help you understand what makes them a gem in the ever-changing modern world of style.
Published in Jul 2024
What, How and When of Indian Sarees: Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Maintaining Sarees
No matter what the weather and occasion, the Indian saree today is a timeless statement of style in world fashion. From bureaucrats to film stars and from the office-going ladies to the women who hustle hard at home, the saree adorns everyone irrespective of their position, nationality, age, and the task they are engaged in. Thus, it would not be an exaggeration to say that sarees are the ideal clothing option for all. And why not? With the variety in material, pattern, weave, colors, and the innumerable ways of draping that a saree offers, it is bound to be a cherished go-to clothing choice. Still, the sheer number of options can also be confusing. Which saree to wear? What is the best saree for a wedding? Which saree is good for festivals? And what about the formal, office wear sarees? Well, allow us to handle your questions. This blog is your guide to everything that the world of sarees has to offer. We will talk about the best wedding sarees and the best casual, formal drapes. We will also give you a few tips to accessorize and style your saree.
Published in Jul 2024
Banarasi, Kanjivaram, Paithani: Silk Drapes of Queens
Silk and festivity are virtually synonymous when it comes to traditional Indian fashion. Loved by the royals, both men and women, silk with its smooth feel, shimmering look and intricate embellishment speaks for the luxurious persona of the wearer, making it a classic choice when it comes to celebrations and important occasions even in modern times. Every state in India has its own way of crafting silk ensembles, sarees being the most cherished and popular one of all. From the Banarasi of northern India to Kanjivaram of the South, silk drapes are something that is beyond mere fashion. They are blessings of the elders for the young bride, they are an emotional heirloom between mother and daughter and they are a gem in the collection of a connoisseur-collector. There is something timeless and trendy about every silk saree.
Published in Jun 2024
How To Clean And Maintain Your Hindu God Brass Statues?
According to the Vedic custom, after the Prana Pratishtha ceremony which involves many rituals to invoke the presence of God inside the deities. The deities then become non-different from the actual personality of God. However, some devotional statues which have not undergone the ritualistic ceremony are kept for decoration and admiration purposes in the houses of Hindus. In this blog, you will learn cleaning and maintenance tips for your Hindu God brass statues.
Published in Jun 2024
Spiritual Home Temple Decor: Creating A Perfect Sacred Space
As one browses through an online collection of statues, the options for spiritual decor are many, so many that the process of finding the perfect idol for your decor becomes a difficult task. What is the right material, what is the ideal icon, what size should one pick? The questions are many, but lucky for you, you have come to the right place. We will start unpacking the questions, beginning with the points to keep in mind when getting a sacred statue for home decor. You should understand the symbolism and powers of each deity and their aspects before getting their statue for your home. Ganesha for example brings fortune, but there are certain forms of the god such as Chaturbhuja with Mooshak and Modak which are especially auspicious and powerful for home.
Published in Jun 2024
Which are the Best Types of Kurtas to be Worn in the Summer?
Wearing an ethnic outfit during summer often seems impossible and uncomfortable. But at Exotic India Art, we assure you the comfort you need to beat the heat of the scorching summer and be able to make a unique style statement. Kurta Pajamas, highly suited to all weather conditions, have now undergone a fashion revamp - distinct designs, lengths, sleeves, and embellishments to add a touch of flair to the ensemble. In the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, the dress of choice for most men is the Kurta Pajama complemented with a Pagri (turban) or a Gamcha over the shoulders.
Published in Jun 2024
Father's Day Special: Gifts I Got from My Father
“Pitru Devo Bhava”- the father is equivalent to gods, is a verse from the Hindu text- Taittiriya Upanishad. When I look at my father, there is nothing God-like in his appearance. No golden crown, extra hands, powerful weapons, nothing extra-terrestrial about him. But the scriptures also say we are all created by God. If that is the case, looking at my life today, I am certain that it was created by my father. And how can you say anything about the person who has made you who you are, who has protected you but also let you be free and discover the world on your own, what can you say about the person who has created you?
Published in Jun 2024
The Perfect Gifts for Saying Happy Father's Day
Helping you paddle your cycle for the first time, always waiting by the school gate in the afternoon, or bringing your favorite snack from the market, a father is one of the biggest gifts of life. A protector in childhood, a guide in adolescence, and a friend in youth, fathers have a huge role in making us the people we are, shaping us with their love and experience of life, and deserve all the celebration and surprise gifts we are planning for them this Father’s Day!
Published in May 2024
Cotton Sarees: The Indian Way to Look “Cool” This Summer
Available in a mind-boggling variety of everyday and formal wear in the contemporary world, the best and most popular cotton clothing is the cotton saree, a simple, wearable piece of history that has lived through eras and continues to be the symbol of Indian culture and feminine fashion in the world. All over the country, weavers and craftsmen have developed their unique technique of weaving cotton into a graceful drape, giving rise to a marvelous variety of cotton sarees to choose from.
Published in May 2024
Significance of Vat-Savitri Vrat - A Celebration of Matrimonial Bliss
The festival includes fasting, worshipping the Vat (Banayan) tree, and praying to goddess Parvati (an epitome of wifely and womanly virtues in Hinduism) and Savitri for a successful and auspicious married life a long and healthy life, and the safety of the husband. In the rituals of Vat Savitri Vrat, tying a thread around the Banyan tree and performing its Parikrama are important steps of worship. The Vat Vriksha in Hindu dharma is a powerful and divine element from ancient times. It is worshipped as the home of the Trideva- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, thus worshipping it will bring fruits of worshipping all three great gods at once.
Published in May 2024
Is Saree A Hindu Tradition? A Complete Story of Sarees Becoming Popular In Indian Culture
While the saree is considered the attire for women in Indian culture, it dates back many centuries ago when the Vedic or Hindu tradition was prevalent in the entire world. Indian Women wore pure handloom sarees and this encouraged the textile industry. Every part of her body would be covered so as to be protected from the evil eyes of lusty men. The pallu covered her head in front of the elders and while engaging in devotional activities. This represented her modesty which was considered an ornament of the woman.
Published in May 2024
What Are Art Silk Sarees? – Unveiling Their Grace
Art silk sarees are renowned for their fashionable luxurious look resembling pure silk sarees. However, artisans give it a slight turn and use artificial fibers instead such as rayon and polyester to craft exquisite Art silk sarees, also known as Artificial silk sarees. Coming in a plethora of designs and vivid colors, these sarees have made their way to the hearts of Indian women of all ages, providing them with sheer elegance and femininity. The silk fabric, of course, offers the saree an unmatched appeal. Art silk features an excellent sheen which matches that of natural silk and is affordable as well. But as mesmerizing as they might appear, the work and dedication the artisans put into making them is much more than anyone might think. There goes meticulous attention to traditional textiles to bring the essence of the rich artistic and cultural heritage of India into the art saree.
Published in May 2024
Best Indian Home Decor: Bring the Charm of India to Your Home
Your home and how you decorate it speaks volumes about your taste and style. From the nooks and crannies to the centerpieces and tables, each element represents your aesthetics. For many of us, the minimalism of the modern age is the preferred home decor style, but there are others who wish to keep things traditional. These are the people who are in love with their culture and heritage and are mesmerized by the royalness of Indian decor. If you are someone who wishes to create interiors that transport you back in time, treat this curated list blog as your mood board and assistant to pick some of the best Indian home decor for your home. Whether you are a full-blown fan of traditional decor or someone who dabbles in vintage decor, this read is for you.
Published in Apr 2024
Hanuman: The All-Powerful Hindu God
“Naase Rog, Hare Sab Peera, Japat Nirantra Hanumat Veera”- ailments and illness vanish, all pains go away for those who continuously immerse themselves in the recitation of the fearless Hanuman’s name”. “Laaye Sanjeevani Lakhan Jiyaye, Sri Raghubir Harashi Ur Laaye”- “You brought the Sanjeevani herb which rejuvenated Lakshmana, seeing which a blissed Lord Rama embraced you with affection.” Hanuman, the son of Anjani and Kesari, the 11th Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva and the most powerful devotee of Sri Rama is a name for a Hindu devotee that instills strength, positivity, and devotion in the heart.
Published in Apr 2024
Co-Ord Sets: A Summer Time Essential
All big names in contemporary fashion agree that timeless fashion and style need not be complicated. A simple element, a plain fabric, or a bold color can make a style statement. Ease and effortlessness are the fundamentals of modern fashion, and the favorites of fashionistas of today are outfits that are comfy and classy at once. One such handpicked statement of easy-breezy fashion is Co-ord sets, loved by the busy bees who are taking on the world, one comfortable step at a time.
Published in Apr 2024
The Eternal Tale of Indian Salwar Suits
From the plain cotton kurti to the voluminous designer kurta for festivities, in the fashion world, the Indian salwar kurta has been a statement of feminine beauty, grace, and charm for centuries. Beginning in medieval times under the aegis of the Mughals who gave us the regal Gharara and Sharara, Anarkali, and Angarakahs, the salwar kameez or salwar kurta is one ensemble where comfort and class meet. This blog takes us through a classic ethnic wardrobe filled with the choicest salwar suit options, to let you pick your favorite one for the festivities ahead.
Published in Mar 2024
Why Should Children Read Books?
And is not this true? The times sure have changed with children having a favorite video game or animated movie before they have a favorite book, but many of us remember the joy of opening a new book, fresh from the bookstore and letting its words and pictures welcome us in a world of wonder. The local bookstores, Wheeler shops at railway stations, hawkers with books, and book fairs- a huge world has grown around reading and readers in modern times. Scientific researchers too have suggested that reading or what is called “creative bibliotherapy” has positive effects on our minds. Undoubtedly, inculcating reading as a habit at a young age in your child and children around you can be a fruitful thing for their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, nourishing them to become a more well-rounded human being as they grow up. Here is a list of five reasons why children should read books, and why reading as a hobby will always be in vogue.
Published in Mar 2024
Yellow: The Color of Spring for Your Wardrobe
Spring, the season of bloom and beauty in India and the world is synonymous with the vibrant shades of yellow. Yellow in Indian culture is the color of God, the aura of Sun and the shade of Sarson (mustard) fields, that blossom with the coming of Vasant (spring). Yellow is the shade people wrap themselves in during Vasant Panchami, it is the expression of happiness and positivity. In color theory and symbolism, yellow is the source of activeness and optimism, which is why it is the perfect color for centuries to welcome the vibrancy of spring. This blog is all about spring-ready clothing, traditional and chic Indian wear, in shades of yellow to brighten up your wardrobe. As spring knocks on your door, dress up in your most beautiful and peppy dresses to welcome the festivity of the season. From trendy prints to traditional drapes, here is a list of all that you can pick to make the perfect spring collection, with the shade that represents the season the best- yellow.
Published in Mar 2024
Cotton Clothing: Your Best Friend this Summer
Cotton and India are virtually synonymous in the lanes of world history. From the earliest periods of the Vedas, cotton or Kapas has been an integral part of the culture of India. The remnants of the Harappa civilization suggest a popular use of the fabric centuries before in the attires of people, a trend that continues to date. To the traders and buyers of Greece, Rome, and modern Britain, France, and Italy- home to premium fashion, the finest Indian cotton was “woven air”- soft, luxurious, and comfortable beyond words. And this love for cotton has only grown with time.
Published in Mar 2024
Worshipping Lord Kartikeya for Wisdom: Pragya Vardhana Stotram
The form of Karttikeya that emerges in the Pragya Vardhana Stotra or Pragya Vardhana Stotram, is that of a great master, similar to the traditions in Southern India, where Subramanyam is worshipped as the knower of truths of three realms, who became the Guru or teacher of Shiva himself. It is a powerful hymn for the seekers of wisdom, students, and people who want guidance in their journey to their inner consciousness. The Pragya-Vardhana Stotra is a powerful hymn narrated by Lord Shiva, the Adideva (primordial god), as a key to the Sadhaka (practitioner) of Yoga and seekers of pure wisdom to unlock their inner reservoirs of Pragya or brilliance.
Published in Feb 2024
From Wooden Toys to Clay Toys : Understanding The Indian Toy Industry
Toys come in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes and they make for an important part of one’s childhood. Not only are they interesting to play with, but toys also help in the emotional and intellectual development of kids. Acquainting them with shapes, colors, sizes, etc, they are an effective way to learn concepts. While most people are enchanted by the toys imported from the West and other parts of the world, very few people know that india has a very rich heritage of handmade toys, especially wooden toys. These are made from a variety of materials like wood, clay, etc.
Published in Feb 2024
Basant Panchami : The Significance and History Behind It
The scent of freshly bloomed flowers wafting through the air, people dressed in yellow-colored attire, the sunlight providing warmth in the receding winter. It all brings just one festival to mind and that is Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami. While Vasant means spring, Panchami means the 5th day. This festival falls on the 5th day of the Maagha month as per the Hindu calendar and marks the arrival of the Spring season which is called the Basant ritu in Hindi, hence the name Vasant Panchami. It is also believed that this is the day when Goddess Saraswati emerged in the form we know today, Bringing respite from the harsh cold weather of the winter months marks the beginning of warmer days. This day is celebrated in various ways and by various names in different parts of India. In South India, it is called Sri Panchami and in West Bengal, it is celebrated as Saraswati Puja.
Published in Feb 2024
Understanding the Buddhism Beliefs About Tantra
According to Buddhism beliefs the way to attain nirvana is by realizing one’s Buddha nature and Buddhist Tantra practices enable us to do that. It advocates that enlightenment is not something that resides in the future. In fact, humans are already enlightened. They just need to realize it. Making use of mantras, mudras, mandalas, imaginations, etc, Tantra allows a person to fast-track the process of attaining enlightenment so that the entire universe can benefit from it. It is a practice that makes complete use of an individual’s power of imagination to harness divine blessings.
Published in Feb 2024
The Art of Negative Space: A Masterpiece in Minimalism
Negative space is a composition of space that is around or between objects or it may be called the “empty background,” those things that we aren’t usually conscious about in our daily lives. As it is shown in the above picture of sculptures of modern art made with white marble, the space around is the negative space. Similarly, in other art forms the area that surrounds and lies between a form or some object is the negative space, it is something that highlights the subject matter. ⁤To understand the concept of negative space in depth, we have to understand the concept of positive space as it excludes the main elements or compositions of the design. For example in a photograph of a long tree against the sky, the tree is the positive space as it is the only thing we can perceive against the empty sky. Another illustration might be a bitten apple, where the shape surrounding it and the positive space combine to create a unique and unforgettable silhouette. These two compositions together form a visual balance, influencing each other and impacting the aesthetics of an image or design. The deliberate use of these spaces allows artists and designers to create compositions that are visually appealing and convey meaning and emotion.
Published in Feb 2024
Mysore Wood Inlay : Understanding the History and Present of the Art Form
Indian artwork has always mesmerized the world because of the handiwork that goes into it. Out of the many Indian art forms that are practiced by hand Mysore wood inlay work remains the most exquisite. A product of many days of precision and patience of the most skilled artisans, wood inlay work involves carving out a particular design on a wooden base using a very sharp tool and filling the hollowed-out part with new material which can be wood of contrasting colors, brass, resin, and even gold and silver. The base is usually of Mysore rosewood but other types of wood can also be used. For instance, Sheesham wood is used to make furniture with inlay work.
Published in Feb 2024
Ethnic Dresses: A Classic and Contemporary Style Statement
Picking the perfect look for an occasion, be it a beach picnic or a bride’s bachelorette is something we all love. Arranging the accessories, getting just the right balance of nonchalance and gorgeous, and picking the correct fabric might seem like a tedious task to many, but for the fashionista inside every one of us, it is a way to express our beauty, grace, power, and happiness. Among the few styles that we can rely on no matter what the occasion might be, are Indian wear. With a lovely feel and timeless appeal, Indian wear is what lovers of classic fashion swear by. Thanks to the experiments in style, tailoring, fabric, and color, Indian fashion has been keeping up with the changing trends of the time, a perfect example of which is ethnic dresses.
Published in Feb 2024
Types of Dupatta: Find Beauty in Simplicity
From the Chunri offered to the goddesses during Navaratri and Pooja at home, to the beautiful red veil of the newlywed bride, the Dupatta- literally “two” (do), “cloths” (patta) is a traditional Indian wear that belongs to all, from the deities to the devotees. The history of this simple piece of clothing goes back to the Vedic age when women wore an item of clothing called “uttariya”, described by the Sanskrit and Buddhist Pali texts. At its inception, the Dupatta is believed to be a favorite accessory in the fashion of men and women. During the Mughal times, the dupatta became a part of the regal wardrobe of Begums, queens, and elite women, and grew into a statement of luxury and grace.
Published in Jan 2024
Classic Winter Wears: Style with a Touch of Warmth
Layering it up- putting on multiple layers of clothing is the simple trick to protect ourselves from the chilly winter air. Shawls, jackets, socks, gloves, and coats become our weapons to brave the days and nights, but who said we can not put on one more layer- style? Traditional Indian fashion has a vast variety of winter wear, made with locally available fabrics, adorned by ethnic motifs and embroidery, and crafted with love to ensure warmth and appeal that will last for decades. Treat this blog as your personal stylist for this winter, and take a look at a wardrobe curated for you, offering a snug charm of winter wear that strikes the balance between coziness and beauty.
Published in Jan 2024
Choosing the Best Fabrics for Cold Weather: Indian Winter Wardrobe
As the mercury drops and the days grow shorter, the quest for the coziest, most comfortable fabrics becomes paramount in our daily lives. While wearables of these fabrics are in abundance, few winter styles dramatically add to the charm of Indian Ethnic wear. There are numerous options to choose from the lot of these cozy comforts that make winter a season of pure bliss. Some of the most sorted-after fabrics of these and their unique characteristics are discussed in this blog to guide you in making the most informed and suitable choice for your winter comfort.
Published in Jan 2024
The Metal Tree Wall Art: Serendipity in Aesthetics
The Metal Tree is a unique and magnificent piece of wall decor that plays with the concept of flora and its symbolism. It has been in tradition to portray trees on walls and canvases to not only bring forth the beauty of flora but also start a conversation regarding the concept of regeneration and growth. Here in this blog, we discuss and delve upon the thought of placing the metal tree art in homes and welcoming the auspiciousness of the symbol.
Published in Jan 2024
The Lohri Festival and a Glance at Its Significance and Traditions
India is a culture and tradition-rich country and can also be called the land of festivals. Throughout the year, numerous auspicious days are observed in the country. Out of the many festivals that are celebrated in India, the Lohri festival is the first. It is a very vibrant festival that arrives on the 13th of January every year. Lohri is celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus in North India but mainly by the farming communities. They thank the Sun God, Surya Dev for a good harvest and pray for a lush crop in the coming year. The festival marks the beginning of a new financial year for the farmers. It is a festival that stands as a symbol of unity, faith, and togetherness. It is a reminder of the fact that light always prevails in darkness. As you travel down South, it takes the form of Pongal in the state of Tamil Nadu. There is a lot more to know about the Lohri festival. Let’s find out.
Published in Jan 2024
World Showers Love on Ram Mandir with Unique Gifts
The inauguration of the Ram Mandir is a special and monumental occasion for everyone. It holds a very dear place in the hearts of Hindus not only in India but all over the world. The world is excited for this moment and is expressing its joy by sending presents that hold a lot of significance in their own unique way. Every gift is a symbol of devotion and marks the faith they have in Lord Ram. While some have been crafted by hand, some have been procured from the remotest corners of the world. But all of them have required great effort from devotees.
Published in Jan 2024
All Hindu Festivals of 2024 - Hindu Calendar
India is the land of many festivals and each of them holds a special place in the heart of its citizens. Out of the many cultures that coexist here, Hinduism is one and the most major. Let’s take a look at all the important festivals of the Hindu religion throughout the year.
Published in Dec 2023
The Journey of a Chiffon Saree : From a Yarn to the Whole Nine Yards
Chiffon has been a favorite in the textile industry for a long time now because of its high demand among people. From dresses to tunics, chiffon is used to make a lot of garments including sarees. Their sheer and transparent fabric makes Chiffon sarees a favorite among saree lovers. People usually believe that chiffon sarees come only in prints. However, they also come with exquisite embroidery, sequin work, and gota patti work which make a chiffon saree party wear perfect. People can style these sarees according to their personal preferences and mood.
Published in Dec 2023
Tulasi Devi’s Significance in Hindu Religion and Households
Hindu households across the country have certain common features, one of them being the Tulsi plant. Revered as a deity, the Tulsi plant has held the status of a symbol of devotion and purity for ages. She is believed to be the physical manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi Devi, the consort of Lord Vishnu who is worshiped as the preserver of the universe in Hinduism. That is why Tulasi Devi is considered to be very dear to Lord Vishnu. She is known by names like Vrinda, Vaishnavi, Hari Priya, Vrindavan among many others. Every part of the plant is considered auspicious. Even the soil in which it grows is considered to be pious. It is believed that all the deities reside at the top of the Tulsi plant while the middle houses the vedas and the roots house the important pilgrimage sites.
Published in Dec 2023
The Creation of Kalamkari Sarees : Exploring the Process and Tools
Kalamkari has its roots in South India in the state of Andhra Pradesh and dates back to at least 3000 years ago. Generations of craftsmen have spent their lives practicing and perfecting it and making this art what it is today. It is mainly done in Machilipatnam and Srikalahasti with the processes adopted in both the places being slightly different from one another. While wooden pens are used in Srikalahasti to create the outline of designs, hand-carved wooden blocks are used to print the outlines by Machilipatnam artisans. Breathtaking patterns of flowers, vines, trees, peacocks, parrots, etc are created on cotton and even silk fabrics by using natural dyes.
Published in Dec 2023
Indian Bridal Lehengas: Types of Embroidery Works To Adore
The art of embroidery of Indian Lehenga is a mesmerizing craft reflective of the country's majestic cultural heritage. The selection of embroidery reflects the rich traditional elements and the modern forms the brides face together on the path toward their one unique day. This inquiry takes us into the rich, complex world of embroidery, tracing the stories behind each stitch and the sources giving rise to the luxurious splendor of Indian bridal lehengas. Sheer wrapping, lazy allure In timeless splendor the life of handwork from the luxury of zardozi to the delicate allure of chikankari.
Published in Dec 2023
Traditional Christmas Decorations for Your Home
As the air gets chillier by the day and we get closer to the arrival of Christmas, the pressure of putting decorations builds up. However, picking out the right ones becomes easier when you know the tradition behind them. Over the years, some things have become staples, such as Christmas decorations, and each has an exciting story.
Published in Dec 2023
Colors of Clarity: How Gemstone Hues Influence Chakras
This field of wellness and healing has recently gained so much popularity that it has, in a way, shaped the concept of spirituality. It is mainly concerned with the state of harmony between the aspects of the mind, body and soul that sustain an individual and seeks to keep this harmony at all times within each of these spheres. The concept of seven chakras inside the human body constitutes one of the fundamental notions about the essence of energy flow. Because of this, these centres contribute greatly towards our physical, mental, and spiritual health; therefore, the appropriate balance must be ensured to maintain good health. Interestingly enough, gemstones were used thousands of years ago to restore the balance or equilibrium of chakras. Every stone corresponds to the color of each Chakra, thus helping to unblock the energy flow and bringing healing. In this article, we shall dive into the world of gemstones and their mysterious relation with our chakras. This article will explore various colors linked to each Chakra and the stones you can use to balance them.
Published in Dec 2023
10 Most Significant Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in India
Lord Buddha’s life has always been a subject of fascination for the followers of Buddhism. To dive into how his life was and learn all about Buddhism, devotees visit many Buddhist sites with great enthusiasm. From Lumbini to Gaya, there are many sites all over the country that are important for Buddhists and form an important part of Buddhism. While some have famous Buddhist temples and stupas, some are home to the most iconic monasteries. Let’s learn about 10 of these.
Published in Dec 2023
Beyond the Sparkle: What Hidden Stories Do Our Birthstones Whisper?
Gems have also been used as symbols, inspirations, and storytellers in art and popular culture. They have often appeared in royal crowns, classic paintings, and modern-day media, with each stone symbolizing specific traits and values. For example, pearls are associated with purity, and topaz is linked with resilience. It's incredible how these stones have become an essential part of our collective culture and continue to fascinate us.
Published in Dec 2023
Yoginis: The Lesser Known Divine
Across northern, central and eastern parts of India are found the temples of intrigue, awe and abandon. What unifies them into our visual narratives are their peculiar architectural designs - mostly a simple circular pattern with no roof under the high canopy of open skies, as the elements of nature from stark sunlight to heavy rains pour in - the absence of a Garbha Griha is as puzzling. These are the temples of Yoginis!
Published in Dec 2023
Understanding Vaishnavism and its History, Principles, and Practices
Hinduism comprises many sects, and one of them is Vaishnavism, along with others such as Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smartism. Vaishnavism states that Lord Vishnu is the Supreme Power. Vaishnavas are the followers of Vaishnavism. They devote themselves to Lord Vishnu and his avatars like Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Narayana, and Lord Venkateswara. Vaishnavism principles state that Lord Vishnu is the only true manifestation of the divine i.e., God. Sacred texts of Hinduism - Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Vishnu Purana, and the Bhagavata Purana are revered, and their teachings are followed in Vaishnavism. Some important Vaishnava pilgrimage sites include Vrindavan, Badrinath, Dwaraka, Nathdwara, Udupi, Mathura, Ayodhya, Tirupati, Mayapur, Pandharpur, Puri, Srirangam, Kancheepuram among many others,
Published in Dec 2023
What is Dopamine Decor?
From the moment we open our eyes, we see the world in terms of its colors. The Sun is yellow, the sky blue, the earth is green, and an orange is orange! In ancient civilizations all over the world, certain colors became synonymous with virtue and remained so for centuries. Thus red is universally symbolic of strength, life, power, and passion. Black conveys mysteries, death, the eternal void, and unparalleled strength, and white as its complementing half is light, life, and purity.
Published in Dec 2023
Understanding the Powers and Historical Significance of the Swastika
The Hindu Swastika is a significant symbol, with its roots running deep in the Hindu religion and other cultures worldwide. In Buddhism, it is the symbol of the footsteps of Lord Buddha, and for the Jains, the holy sign of Swastika symbolizes Suparshavanatha, i.e., the seventh Tirthankar out of twenty-four. The Swastika is associated with the Norse mythology Gods Odin and Thor as well. However, the Hindu religion reveres the Swastika the most and considers it the symbol of peace, good luck, prosperity, and happiness. This auspicious sign is associated with Lord Ganesha. A red Swastika symbol is considered immensely divine and necessary for a life full of happiness and peace.
Published in Dec 2023
Unearthing the Remnants of the Indus Valley Civilisation
One of the first and oldest civilizations, along with the ones in Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley Civilization emerged between 2500 and 1750 BC and plays an important role in giving us a peek into important facts about Indian history. Despite being buried for thousands of years, the remains of this ancient settlement managed to surface and grab the attention of archaeologists in India.
Published in Dec 2023
Trimurti - Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and the Numerous Beliefs of Hinduism
33 crore Hindu Gods and Goddesses are worshiped in the various temples of the Hindu religion, but it is only the Holy Trinity that is revered as the supreme power. Lord Brahma is the creator of the universe, Lord Vishnu is the preserver, and Lord Shiva or Mahesh is the destroyer. The Trimurti - Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh (Lord Shiva), is the epitome of divinity and the most powerful Gods in Hinduism. Lord Brahma has four heads and four arms. In one hand, he holds the Vedas, while in the other three, he holds a bow, a scepter, and a goblet. He sits on a lotus flower and is the creator of the four varnas in the Hindu religion.
Published in Nov 2023
How Dussehra is Celebrated in Different States of India
It was Treta Yuga when Supreme Lord Ram descended on the Earth to protect His devotees, kill the miscreants, and re-establish the Dharmic principles. Ravana was the king of Lanka but the kingdom did not seem to flourish. He was full of pride, envy, ego, anger, and greed. He looked down upon everyone and considered himself their master. Later, captivated by the beauty of Mother Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, he kidnapped Her and took Her to Lanka. Shri Ram then sent Hanuman Ji and Sugriva in all directions to search for Mother Sita. Hanuman Ji took the mission of crossing the great Indian Ocean and finding Sita Mata. He burnt various places in Lanka and delivered Lord Ram’s message to Mother Sita. But Ravana was so engrossed in his pitiful actions that he did not care to take Hanuman’s warning seriously. In the end, Lord Ram came to Lanka and attacked Ravana with His powerful bow. As He released His Brahmastra, it sped like air and stroked the chest of the wicked Ravana taking his life air along with it.
Published in Nov 2023
Decoding the Nataraja Statue and Divine Dance of Lord Shiva
Standing poised on a lotus pedestal and encircled in the ring of the cosmic fire, the Nataraja statue is the perfect depiction of the amalgamation of spirituality and art. Over the years, it has amassed much popularity and can often be seen gracing a myriad of venues. One of the most remarkable Nataraja statues is installed at the prestigious CERN. While Nata means dance, Raja translates to king or lord. Hence, Nataraja means the Lord of Dance. By depicting him in a dancing pose, the Nataraja statue represents Lord Shiva as the controller of every movement in the universe. This representation of Lord Shiva gained popularity during the reign of the Chola rulers, and this is when many Nataraja bronze statues were created. Glimpses of the legacy they left behind can be seen in almost every part of the world today.
Published in Nov 2023
Unlocking Feng Shui Secrets to Design Harmonious Spaces
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that believes that human existence must be in harmonious alignment with nature, and doing so can enhance the quality of our lives. Feng Shui harnesses the power of natural elements to fetch success, prosperity, and happiness for those who practice it. Many Feng Shui products attract positive energy. Some manifest as crystals and vastu wind chimes, while others form as plants and animal figurines. Each of these good luck symbols has a purpose and significance.
Published in Nov 2023
Lord Shiva Trishul and Its Spiritual Significance
The Hindu religion is known for the honor and worship of many deities along with their numerous holy symbols with each of them holding significance. Among them, Shiva trishul is the most widely worshiped and one of the most sacred symbols of the religion, especially the Shaivite sect. It is in this form that Mahadeva is seen in possession of his trident. While there are many other deities like Goddess Durga and some forms of Devi Lakshmi, who are also seen with the trident, it is nobody else but Lord Shiva who is considered to be the master and the supreme owner of the trishul. Tri means three, and shool means stake. Hence, the meaning of trishul is a weapon that has three stakes. According to Hindu belief, Lord Shiva used this very trishul to sever the human head of Lord Ganesha.
Published in Nov 2023
Top 10 Unique Facts About Modern Art You Should Know
The world of modern art is an extremely rich and vibrant field of creativity, which has challenged many of the conventional art forms. Modern art ranges from abstract expressionism to groundbreaking movements and iconic artists, and it has changed the way we see and experience art. This article will discuss the 10 most interesting facts about modern art to make you understand this field more.
Published in Nov 2023
The Benefits of Shree Durga Saptashati and the Correct Way of Vidhi
Goddess Durga symbolizes power, courage, and all that the female energy is. She is the manifestation of the Adi Shakti and the protector of the universe from all evil. When the universe became burdened with the nuisance created by demons, the devas prayed to the Holy Trinity, i.e., Lord Brahma (the creator of the universe), Lord Vishnu (the preserver of the universe, and Lord Shiva (the destroyer of the universe).
Published in Nov 2023
Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam: A Thousand Names of the Preserver and Their Benefits
The stotra of a divinity is essentially a collection of their many names. The most popular among these are 108 names or ashttotarshatanam and 1000 names or Sahastranamas, chanted with reverence. Within the many sahastranamas, Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam reigns supreme in the Puja-vidhi of Hindus, who repeat the thousand names of the mighty preserver god to attain goals ranging from success in business to spiritual upliftment.
Published in Nov 2023
A Timeless Diwali Ritual: The Significance of Lakshmi-Ganesh Puja
Illuminated with the glow of numerous diya’s, adorned with rangolis gracing their entrances, and fragrant from the decoration of flowers, every house is a sight to behold on Diwali. Seeking to dispel darkness and celebrating the prevalence of god over evil, Hindus worldwide celebrate this auspicious festival with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. While Diwali is synonymous with diyas and rangolis, the festival of lights is never complete without performing the Lakshmi-Ganesh puja. Devotees clean their houses, decorate them, dress in their finest attires, and pray to Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi for good luck, prosperity, and financial success.
Published in Nov 2023
8 Avatars (Forms) of Devi Lakshmi: Divine Manifestations of the Goddess
Poised in her posture and calmness on her face, one of the most revered Hindu deities, Goddess Lakshmi, is the epitome of grace. While she is usually associated with wealth and success, divine power has taken many avatars, with each incarnation representing a different necessity required for living a happy and prosperous life. There are eight avatars of Goddess Lakshmi, and we shall explore all of them.
Published in Nov 2023
10 Inspiring Kalamkari Painting Designs for Your Home
Kalamkari, a traditional painting method, pertains to freehand sketching. This bygone-year process of hand painting directs the artists to draw the portraits with a tamarind pen and color them using natural dyes. Kalamkari means an art that needs a kalam, which is a pen for drawing, whereas the word kari, which is a Parsi word, refers to craftsmanship. Flowers, peacocks, paisleys, and mythological characters from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are some excellent motifs used in the Kalamkari art.
Published in Nov 2023
What Does Bhaiya Dooj Symbolize for Brother-Sister Bonds?
Bhaiya Dooj also known as Bhai Dooj is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the eternal love that brothers and sisters share. It is a part of the Diwali festivities and is celebrated two days after the festival of lights.
Published in Nov 2023
7 Facts You Must Know about Madhubani Painting
Madhubani painting is an exemplary form of folk art of the Mithila Region of Bihar. It has a 2500-year-old rich history and is not a mere art form but a great way of spiritual practice and nature worship. This traditional painting has five distinct types and gained global recognition in recent years.
Published in Oct 2023
Top 9 Traditional Navratri Outfits Ideas for a Festive Look
As we embark on this enchanting journey, our aim is clear: to inspire, enlighten, and elevate your Navaratri fashion game. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur of ethnic attire or just beginning your voyage into the intricate world of traditional fashion, this blog is your answer to what to wear this Navratri.
Published in Oct 2023
The Story of Krishna’s Birth from Srimad Bhagavata Purana
Krishna- the name that turned Queen Meera into a Bhaktin and transformed Sudama into Kubera on Earth, in Indian culture is synonymous with Prema (love) and Bhakti (devotion). Established in Hindu households as Baal-Gopal, Laddu-Gopala, Thakurji, and Jugal Jodi (with Sri Radha), Krishna to his Bhakta is a friend in childhood, son in adulthood, and salvager in old age.
Published in Aug 2023
Introduction to Tantra: Unveiling the Mystical Path
Tantra can have multiple definitions and meanings. These depend on its purpose of use and how people approach it individually. This is because tantra encompasses a wide range of beliefs and traditions. Hence, different people and cultures interpret it in different ways. The tantric practices developed gradually over several centuries. They first began to be practiced in the 5th and 6th centuries BCE. Many of these complex practices can be traced back to ancient Vedic and non-Vedic traditions.
Published in Aug 2023
Ethnic Men's Wear Fashion Guide: Tradition and Comfort
In the heart of India’s rich cultural fabric lies the significance of ethnic wear. Traditional clothing is not merely a fashion choice, but a potent means of expressing One’s cultural identity. Men’s ethnic wear connects to the rich heritage and reflects the vast diversity of the country.
Published in Aug 2023
Celebrating Onam – Learning About the History, Traditions, And Customs
This colorful and vibrant harvest festival is celebrated during the Malayalam month of Chingam. It is one of the longest harvest festivals celebrated in India and lasts for 10 days. The various traditions and customs that form an integral part of the celebrations reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region. Some important aspects related to the celebration of Thiruvonam 2023 are explained briefly as follows.
Published in Aug 2023
Hindu Vrats and katha – The Key to Embrace Devotion, Nurture the Soul
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions practiced across the globe and is known for its different philosophies and practices. However, despite the diversity of philosophies and customs, some practices are followed by all Hindus unanimously. Observing vrat and upvas on specific days and occasions is one such practice that is common across all sects of Hinduism. To observe a vrat, the followers of Hinduism keep a fast and avoid certain foods for a specific period. Reading religious and spiritual books in vrat is also to enhance their spirituality and stay focused. In most cases, the vrat commences with the sunrise and ends when the sun sets. However, sometimes the upvas may last for a couple of days or even more.
Published in Aug 2023
India's Path to Freedom And The Importance Of Independence Day
Explore India's remarkable journey to freedom and the profound significance of Independence Day. Celebrating the 76th Independence Day, delve into history, speeches, and the meaning behind 15th August. Commemorating the end of British rule, this day pays tribute to countless sacrifices. Discover the heroes and unsung champions who paved the way for a sovereign nation. From inspiring speeches to festive celebrations, learn about the essence of Swatantrata Diwas. Reflect on India's resilience, unity, and progress, while understanding the sacrifices that led to this milestone. Join the joyful observance of Independence Day, honoring the past and embracing the future.
Published in Aug 2023
Top 10 Mysterious Temples Of India
Every year thousands of devotees and curious people visit these temples to gain a first-hand experience of their unique phenomena. Given below are the details of the top 10 mysterious temples in India which often leave the visitors surprised.
Published in Jul 2023