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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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Pañcakeśvara temple

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Pañcakeśvara temple, also known as Dorānātha temple, is a temple in the village of Dhāreśvara. Dhāreśvara is near the town Kumata in the North Kanara district of Karnataka. The attractions of this temple can be described as:

  • It is a beautiful temple built in the Cālukyan style.
  • There is a nice tank just inside the main compound.
  • There are also two stone images of the hero who fought for the people[1] and a stone edict (A. D. 1083) containing the description of a gift by the local queen.
  • There are many beautiful images in the area around Dhāreśvara like those of Narasimha and Veṇugopāla.
  • There is a broad road in front of the temple for the rathotsava or temple-car festival.

Historical Significance of Dhāreśvara[edit]

According to mythological accounts, when Rāvaṇa, the demon king of Laṅkā, was bringing the ātmaliṅga (śivaliṅga) from Kailāsa, it got stuck on the ground at Gokarṇa .[2] Rāvaṇa could not dislodge the liṅga from the ground but succeeded in pulling out the cloth and thread from it. He threw it away. The thread fell at Dhāreśvara and became a liñga.


  1. Viragallu is a stone slab or pillar erected in honor of a hero who fought for the people.
  2. It is presently situated in North Kanara, Karnataka.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore