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Dr. Chaman Lal Raina

Born in Srinagar, Dr. C. L. Raina has studied the Shaiva and Shakta scriptures from the traditional system of Kadi-Vidya of Kashmir. He had his schooling and college education in the premier colleges of Kashmir. He did Honors in Urdu from Aligarh, Masters in Hindi & English, and a Phd in comparative religious philosophy. Presently he is teaching religions of India at Florida International University (USA).

Dr. Chaman Lal Raina

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Walnuts and Shiva Ratri
Walnuts as it is called Doon in Kashmiri language is an integral part of the Vedic injunction in the Kashmiri Pandit religious ethos. Walnut in any Homa is essential ingredient of the Samagri. >>>
About Soham
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Saivism in Prospect and Retrospect
The circuitous upper valley of Vitasta, is the famous Kashmir in the Himalayan region. There are Harimukh (Haramukta and Amarnath mounts, branches off from the great Himalayas a little further east, proceeds due south and encircling the sources of Vitasta, turns north west, where it is called Pir Pantsal or Panchaldhara now Banihal range). These lesser mountains of the Himalayas surround the valley of Kashmir on all sides; leaving only a narrow outlet for the Vitasta at Baramulla. >>>
Shiva Ratri
Shiva Ratri is the integrating force of the Sanatana Dharma, popularly known as Hinduism. Shiva Ratri is the essence of the Yajur Veda, where Shiva is adored as Rudra, Shambhava, Bhava and Hara. Shiva Ratri is a spiritual journey from Hara state of mind to the Bhava state of existence. It is a spiritual journey from Samsara to Moksha. Shiva Sankalpa Mantra helps a devotee to see the Vatuka Bhirava from the subjective existence to the objective realization in identifying one’s own self with the Universal consciousness of Bhagavan Shiva. >>>
The Significance of Navreh  - A Shakta Interpretation
Kashmiri Pandits celebrate their New Year's Day, Navreh, on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada or the first day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra. The word 'Navreh' is derived from Sanskrit 'Nava Varsha' meaning the New Year. On the eve of Navreh, which falls on Amavasya or the last night of the dark fortnight, they keep a thali filled with rice, a cup of curds, a bread, cooked rice, some walnuts, an inkpot and a pen, a silver coin and the Panchanga of the New Year, as the first thing to be seen at the Brahma Muhurta or the wee hours.  >>>
Lecture Profile: Images, Symbols, Art and Dress in Afro-Indian Diaspora
External Site. Religious concepts - images, icons, practices, and symbols are the quintessential of any human ethnicity. Ethnic expressions cannot be kept in isolation, as the age of information and technology brings human minds together to attain the higher values of life, and global understanding. Theses representations express aspects of the human psyche, providing image or symbol made of stone, wood, and containing geometrical representations in a particular manner related to socio-cultural/religious ethnicity. >>>

Facets of Shri Chandi-Nava Durga (Mystic Glory of Devi Mahatmya)/Chaman Lal Raina.Book by Chaman Lal Raina
Facets of Shri Chandi-Nava Durga (Mystic Glory of Devi Mahatmya) by Chaman Lal Raina. Delhi, Sharada, 2004, xxvi, 318 p., ills., ISBN 81-88934-00-3. >>>



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