V. Balakrishnan

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Dr Venganoor Balakrishnan is the author of Thaliyola, a book on Hindu beliefs and rituals. He has also written books on the Vedas and Upanishads. The author can be reached at drvenganoor@yahoo.co.in

A mammoth blessing

Each religion has his favourite animal. Hinduism, which has a broad-minded ecological outlook, adores many animals. But still the elephant is one of the favourites since it is used in temples to carry the image of the deity. Also, the elephant is considered to be a symbol of Lord Ganapati. Elephants are a fixture in temples of Kerala.

The flames of life

Sarvasya agrima: srishta: agni:
(The one created before all is agni)
Agneyahothram Agnihothram
(That which is sacrificed for agni, the fire, is Agnihothram)

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