An Australian in India – Part I

An Australian in India – Part I Professor Vaughan Carr, Head of Mental Health of Hunter region, in the State of New South Wales in Australia, was recently on his first visit to India. Born on Christmas eve of 1948, at Adelaide, he was the only child of his parents. Incidentally, his mother was also […]
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South Indian Brahmins – The Iyengars – Part II

South Indian Brahmins – The Iyengars – Part II The philosophical, devotional cult propounded by Ramanujam can be called the pre-runner of the medieval Bhakti (devotional) movements in North and South India. Following Ramanujam, a spate of Bhakti schools and saints continued to attract the masses towards the God almighty through their devotional, philosophical writings. […]
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Kaliyur Iyengars – Part II

Kaliyur has been a great centre of Vedic Astrology. The Brahmins of Kaliyur have been uniformly well versed in astrology and are keepers of the most ancient astrological knowledge in the world. Almost all of them have been treated like the religious leaders and the astrological guides from time immemorial. Many Kaliyur Brahmin families have […]
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Iyengar Marriage Rituals – Part Three

There are many interesting rituals, which take place during the Iyengar weddings. I have mentioned some of them here: Metti Metti is the silver toe ring worn traditionally by married women. It is one more outer symbol to signify that the woman is married apart from the ‘Thali’ the thread of marriage. During the ritual […]
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Iyengar Marriage – Part 1

The marriage rituals of the South Indian Brahmins are very interesting. Basically all the Brahmins in India perform Vedic Marriage Rites, which are similar throughout India. However, there are regional and local flavours. Kashmiri Pandit marriages are very elaborate and used to last a month with a lot of singing and rejoicing. Shorter versions of […]
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