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Idol worship & Idolatry: A meta-psychology for transcendence
tantricpagans.com/idol-worship/


Collection of Essays
Short Speeches & Short Paragraphs
Brief Information about our Freedom Fighters
Articles on cultural diversity & History of India
studytoday.net/

Smartivity S.T.E.(A).M. Learning D.I.Y. Kits for 6 to 14-year old children to learn fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through playful engagement.

Based on Theory of Successful Intelligence, every Smartivity S.T.E.(A).M. Kit enhances Creative, Practical and Analytical Intelligences of a child and prepares them for success in real life. Each kit is designed around a core scientific principle.
smartivity.in/

The Infinity Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Princeton, New Jersey engaged in making grants in the areas of compassion and wisdom.
infinityfoundation.com/

A Video-On-Demand Service that showcases a 5000 -Year-old civilisation where Centuries Co-exist, where Fact and Fiction, Dream and Reality, Science and Spirituality, Art and Industry merge.
indianimprints.com

heritageonline.in - an e-magazine documenting some of the rare artefacts and natural resources - NATURE for natural heritage and CREATIONS for man-made heritage maintained by C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation and C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre
cprfoundation.org / ecoheritage.cpreec.org / cpreecenvis.nic.in

exploration of Indian Heritage and Culture in various aspects by Dokka Srinivasu
indian-heritage-and-culture...

Panchangam for the World
mypanchang.com/

5th Pillar
An organisation that strives to get remedy for citizens particularly the common man by use of the Right to Information Act & fight corruption at all levels.

A monthly magazine on Anti-Corruption issues, for private circulation only for 3 months called "MAATTRAM" (Tamil) was launched on 9th May 2009, 5.30 pm at Kamaraj hall, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai. Starting 15th August 2009, both "MAATTRAM" (in Tamil) and "CHANGE" (in English) will be distributed through stands and can be subscribed.

Contact:
Vijay Anand
President- 5th Pillar
Cell : 98406 18948
Off: 044 65273056
Fax: 044 42133677
E-mail: vijay@5thpillar.org
5thpillar.org
zerocurrency.org


Sites featuring images of the original Bamiyan Buddhas statues

The AIIS slide show of the Bamiyan Buddhas
dsal.uchicago.edu/images/...
Videos
youtu.be/kNYLTWCPkvQ
youtu.be/RDbrZaoXh4I

Heritage India is a history, culture and heritage magazine that will be published as a Quarterly. Every issue will be of universal appeal with its engaging narratives accompanied with sketches, illustrations, maps, photographs and paintings of premier quality.
heritage-india.com

National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, registered in Chennai dedicated to the promotion of Indian folklore research, education, training, networking, and publications. The aim of the Centre is to integrate scholarship with activism, aesthetic appreciation with community development, comparative folklore studies with cultural diversities and identities, dissemination of information with multi-disciplinary dialogues, folklore fieldwork with developmental issues and folklore advocacy with public programming events. Folklore is a tradition based on any expressive behaviour that brings a group together, creates a convention and commits it to cultural memory. NFSC aims to achieve its goals through cooperative and experimental activities at various levels. NFSC is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the Tata Education Trust
indianfolklore.org/home.htm

British School Makes Sanskrit Compulsory
Article in Sunday Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Feb 10, 2008
 
In the heart of London, a British school has made Sanskrit compulsory subject for its junior division because it helps students grasp math, science and other languages better.

"This is the most perfect and logical language in the world, the only one that is not named after the people who speak it. Indeed the word itself means 'perfected language." --Warwick Jessup, Head, Sanskrit department.

"The Devnagri script and spoken Sanskrit are two of the best ways for a child to overcome stiffness of fingers and the tongue," says Moss. "Today's European languages do not use many parts of the tongue and mouth while speaking or many finger movements while writing, whereas Sanskrit helps immensely to develop cerebral dexterity through its phonetics."

The Ancient Indus Civilisation
harappa.com/har/har0.html
Illustrated pages by leading scholars of ancient India and Pakistan and the ancient Indus Valley Civilization - including the very latest discoveries.

harappa.com/photo3/index.html
photographs, postcards, lithographs, engravings, and archival film of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka before 1947.


'The Sarasvati was more sacred than Ganga'
news.rediff.com/report/...
Michel Danino has devoted his life to studying Indian culture/heritage and history, authoring several books both in French and English on India. His books examine key Indian historical issues or wrestle with the cultural concerns present-day India faces. The Invasion That Never Was (1996) looks at the theories about the arrival/existence of the Aryans while The Indian Mind Then and Now (2000), Is Indian Culture Obsolete? are more sociological studies.

His latest book, The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (2010) focuses on the importance of this once key river and its connection with Vedic culture and Harappan civilizations. In addition to writing, teaching and lecturing, Danino is interested in conserving nature and was able to jumpstart a movement to protect the Shola forest he lives by the side of.


India News
a portal meant for the average Indian...daily updated India news and metro specific news to business news, many Maps of India, free ads for Indians, online games, jokes, film reviews, astrology and numerology, shopping, free ecards, children section, Forum.
thisismyindia.com

A Monthly Web Magazine for South Asian History
varalaaru.com

Rural Education and Conservation of Heritage Foundation
The fundamental objective of R.E.A.C.H. is increasing the awareness about our villages and the rich heritage. R.E.A.C.H visualizes that the built heritage at present is fast threatened by the sheer negligence about heritage and symbolic value. R.E.A.C.H will canalize its resources in this area.
conserveheritage.org
templesrevival.blogspot.com
reachhistory.blogspot.com

Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation
conducts & comperes many cultural programmes and workshops. They celebrate all poojas & festivals in a grand manner and excel in Navarathri Golu.
srimylaporetrio.in

culturalindia.net
Provides information on various aspects of Indian culture - Art, Crafts, Music, Dance, Folktales, Religions, Pilgrimage, National Symbols, History, Clothing, Food, Architecture, Monuments, Forts, Cinema

A spectrum of Indian festivals
festivals.awesomeji.com

About Indian Weddings
weddings.iloveindia.com

An online south asian website for indians abroad
confluence.org.uk

Established in 1997, Nirvana Adventures, an adventure sport company is famous for its pioneering paragliding activity in the western region as well as across the country and has been running India's first full time paragliding school at Kamshet since its inception.
flynirvana.com

Book
Karaikkalammaiyar
Part 1: An iconographical and textual study
Part 2: Poems for Siva
By Peter de Bruijn
ISBN 978-90-811564-1-7
148 pp. 19 colour plates, 13 B/W plates
Published February 2007
Price: 40

An iconographical and textual study on the most famous Indian female poet Karaikkalammaiyar, one of the 63 nayanmar or Saiva saints. This work is based on research done in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia during 1994-2006.
This work is interesting for scholars and specialists of South Indian art and is the first complete publication of this saint in English.
It describes the dwelling place of Siva Nataraja, the forest at Tiruvalangadu in South India where Siva performed his famous dance.
As mythology tells us, Karaikkalammaiyar formerly known as the beautiful Punitavati, literally gave up her life in this world to worship Siva and to accompany him in his dance on the cremation fields in Tiruvalangadu.


vedic astrology portal
astrogyan.com

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, Singapore
The organisation teaches free meditation and also offers free courses on positive-thinking, stress management, leadership seminars and various other topics for self-development.
brahmakumaris.org.sg/