Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mahalaya, tarpan and the eldest Pandava

I had a eureka moment on Sunday the 11th of October on the eve of this year’s Mahalaya, as I suddenly realised that the word Tarpan came from the same root as the word Tripti which means satisfaction and fulfillment. … Continue reading

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The Ashura villages of Bengal

There is a village in Coochbehar about twelve kilometres from Mathabhanga where people do not celebrate the coming of Durga to her earthly home. These families of Shukanukuti village claim their origins from the Ashuras or demons of mythology. Durga … Continue reading

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