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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


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By Swami Harshananda

Balavikarani, Balavikaranikā literally means ‘that which augments strength’.

It is one of the several aspects of the Mother Goddess whose worship will endow the votary with strength and peace. She is also classed, sometimes, among the parivāradevatās or attendant deities of the Divine Mother.

She is described as

Occasionally she is stated to be the personification of the principle of the moon (candratattva), responsible for the vigorous growth of oṣadhis or medical herbs. In this aspect, she is considered to be the consort of Mahādeva (Śiva).


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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