Who is goddess Manikarnika in Hinduism?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Actually the word ‘manikarnika’ translates to earring (Mani: Beads, Karnam: Ear, Angad: Ornament). The main cremation ghat of Kashi is named Manikarnika, as it is believed that it was here that the ear ornament of Goddess Sati fell after Her body was cut into several pieces by the Sudarshan Chakra…

What are your favourite shlokas?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Ah! Time to share some of my all time favorites 🙂 I haven’t studied Sanskrit, and so my knowledge of shlokas is limited to the prayers, chants that I have grown up listening to, reciting and loving. Sources to the shlokas can be seen the footnotes below. Here are my…

Was Duryodhana a bad or a good king to his people?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Technically speaking, Duryodhana was never ‘king’. He remained self-proclaimed heir apparent until his death. Dhritarashtra was still King of Hastinapur before, during and immediately after the Kurukshetra war…at least until he renounced the throne and retired to the forests. Yes, Duryodhana wielded immense influence over his doting blind father, so…

Do Hindus in Kerala eat beef?

So the answer seems to be “yes” – curious to know the reason of this deviation of Kerala Hindus from the mainstream Hindu tradition in rest of India – can anyone tell the reason behind this? (FYI: no offence intended) Since many people here have answered this question, could you people answer the below question…