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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Nandaka literally means ‘that which gives joy to the gods’.

All the deities of the pantheon have their āyudhas or weapons and other objects, normally held in their hands. Though Mahāviṣṇu or Viṣṇu is usually shown with his four hands, he has four more accessories:

They are:

  1. Nandaka - a sword
  2. Śārṅga - a bow
  3. Musala - mace
  4. Vanamālā - garland of wild flowers

All these eight are worshiped keeping them in the eight directions. The Agnipurāṇa[1] contains an interesting story with regard to the sword Nandaka.

Once the four-faced Brahmā, the creator, was performing a sacrifice on the bank of the river Gaṅgā. When he was sitting in deep meditation, a demon, Lohāsura by name, came there with the intention of disturbing the sacrifice. At once, a male deity emerged out of Brahmā’s body who was greeted by the gods assembled there, with cheers. He suddenly got transformed into an excellent sword and Mahāviṣṇu accepted it as a gift from the gods. He then cut Lohāsura into pieces each of which became a metal. Mahāviṣṇu then blessed the sword Nandaka[2] with a pure body and various boons.


  1. Agnipurāṇa chapter 245
  2. He was the presiding deity of the sword.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore