How do Hindus feel about tattoos?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I think they’re pretty cool! Though I’m too chicken to get one myself Did you know that Hindus sported tattoos way before they go so popular the world over? They were all green in color and made with some natural permanent ink. They didn’t have those fancy guns back then…

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…

What made you pissed off today?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: It’s something that has been building up over the past week. Today, I just lost my temper and decided to write about it, which seems to be the best way to get it out of my system. Yeah, that’s how I’ve been lately. So I wrote an answer last week…

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…

What is the significance of the Mahabharata War to Hindus?

If Lord Krishna had raised weapon, the war could have ended in a moment. But then, why did he let the war happen? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I have a little theory for all of the events that transpired and eventually led to the great war at Kurukshetra. Yes, it is true that Lord…