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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

Tārā, Wife of Vālī[edit]

Tārā was the wife and queen of Vālī, the vānara king of Kiṣkindhā.


Tārā, Wife of Bṛhaspati[edit]

The wife of Bṛhaspati, the preceptor of the gods, was also Tārā. She bore him six sons and one daughter named Svāhā. Once she was abducted by Candra.[1] Budha[2] was born as their son. She was restored to Bṛhaspati by Brahmā, the creator.

Tārā, as per Tantras[edit]

In the tantras, Tārā is mentioned as an aspect of the Divine Mother or Śakti. Eight forms like Tārā, Ugratārā, Vajrā and Kāmeśvarī are also described. Her image has a face with three eyes and two hands. She is dark-green in color. She holds lotus flowers in her hands. Her mantra has ten akṣaras.[3]


  1. Candra means Moon.
  2. Budha is the planet Mercury.
  3. Akṣaras are letters or syllables.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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