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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 that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, 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.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

In all the religions, centers of pilgrimage occupy an important place since they bring peace, solace and spiritual upliftment to the persons that visit them. Such pilgrim centers are innumerable. Sea-beaches, banks of rivers, hills, dales and forests are the most favored places for the location of such centers. They are, almost invariably, associated with some ancient legends concerned with gods or holy persons; or the resorts of saints and sages. And, of course, there must be some temples too.

One of the less known rivers is the Bhīmā. It is has it's origin from the Western Ghats from the summit of the Sahya mountain in Maharashtra. It flows towards the South-East and joins the river Kṛṣṇā situated towards a little North of Raichur in Karnataka. At the origin of this river is situated the famous Jyotirliṅga, Bhīmāśaṅkara. It is one of the twelve such liṅgas mentioned in the ancient and medieval works.

According to one of the legends, Lord Śiva, after vanquishing Tripurāsura, came to this place for rest. At that time, Bhimaka, a king of Ayodhyā, had been doing tapas or penance there to propitiate Śiva. Being pleased by his tapas Śiva revealed himself to the king and offered a boon. The king requested Śiva that the beads of perspiration on his forehead be discharged as a river for the purification of mankind. Thus was born the river Bhīmā.

The river Indrāyaṇī joins Bhīmā near Tulāpur. Phaṇḍarāpura, the well-known place of pilgrimage of Maharashtra is situated on the right bank of Bhimā. The river Bhīmā is also called Bhīma- rathī; and occasionally, as Mahānadī too.

The word Bhimā is sometimes used to denote Durgā.


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