Sites I Recommend!

Why Am I promoting Others’ Websites?

My endeavor is to provide you, the spiritual aspirants, with the finest information available on the net. Internet is so vast that we may not have accessed many of the finest works by fellow Hindus, and we can grow together in our common objective of self-realization only through sharing knowledge.

Therefore I would like to list down all the greatest blogs or website that i have seen so far. You might already be knowing them, and it might so happen that my knowledge might be recent, however for the new-comers into the field of spirituality, who might be searching for vital spiritual information newly; for such freshers, it might be helpful.

With this humble though, I’m listing below all the greatest works I have come across so far. The contents are classified as per the genre they belong to. Happy reading! 🙂

 Best Shaivite Blogs

1. Satyam Shivam Advaitam (http://hara-hara-mahadev.blogspot.com)

My Rating: Super-Excellent
Testimonial: This is the BEST Shaivite blog one would have ever seen in one’s lifetime. This is my friend’s blog (unfortunately he has become inactive and not posting any more for the past couple of years). In fact the author of this blog is more than a friend to me, that author is my guru, my god, my Atman (my very own self). If i ever get a chance to meet that author in person, i would probably fall on that person’s feet. My prostrations on the lotus feet of this friend’s parents who gave birth to such a knowledgeable friend of mine. My dear friend – may you live long, may your tribe florish, may your knowledge shine in all of us. you are my lord Shiva, you are my mother Bhavani, you are my everything, you don’t know how much respect I have for you, I can even write a hymn on your praise, but considering the fact that it’s impossible to return your favours (of illuminating this world with your blogs which i consider as having no parallel) by doing anything, I would better keep quiet. “eka twaM dwitiyO nAsti na bhUtO na bhavishyati” (you are the only one without a second, neither there was anyone like you in the past (in knowledge of lord shiva) nor will anyone be there in future). I am just a dust particle of your lotus feet in comparison with your knowledge of Shiva-tatwam, and I have no hesitation to say that!

2. Shiva Darshana (http://shivadarshana.blogspot.com)

My Rating: Excellent
Testimonial: This author viz. “Agni Deva” is one of the foremost scholars of today’s era who has a vast knowledge on Shaivism. His knowledge on all the sects of shaivism is beggared description. I didn’t get a chance to interact with him anytime, may be that fortunate time is yet to come. However, I would definitely like to connect with this person of knowledge as deep as an ocean. Agni deva – you are really agni deva incarnated here to illuminate all of us with your knowledge.

3. Shaivam Website (http://www.shaivam.org)

My Rating: Great
Testimonial: This website is a great resource on Shaivism. Highly informative! Only caveat is that around 20% of articles are in Tamil script hence cannot be understood by non-Tamil-speaking Hindus. Rest of the content is superb!

 Best Shakta Blogs / Websites

4. Kamakoti Mandali [(Blog URL): http://www.kamakotimandali.com/blog/index.php || (Website URL): http://www.kamakotimandali.com/]

My rating: Super-Excellent
Testimonial: This revolves around Vedanta and Shakta worship. Especially for the devotees of Shakti (Durga, Kali, Tripurasundari etc…mother goddesses) this is the MOST authoritative resource to read from. These group of authors are highly evolved sadhakas and experts in mantra-shastra hailing from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetha and other such elegant Mutts. Their works are authoritative and authentic. If anything is not known to them in Shaktism, then that is not known anywhere else – As simple as that!

 

 Best Advaitic Blogs / Websites

5. Adbhutam Blog (http://adbhutam.wordpress.com)

My Rating: Super-Excellent
Testimonial: This blog is true to its name “Adbhutam”! This blog is run by a very renowned and respected Advaitin and Sanskrit scholar, Sri V. Subrahmanian-Ji. He hails from Sringeri Mutt’s tradition and is a very popular figure in Advaitin groups and circles for his erudition in the Adi Shankara’s philosophy and Sanskrit knowledge..He teaches Vedanta in Advaita-Academy.org website through articles and video lectures. His blog is not for children (i.e.,beginners) because the topics analyzed there are usually advanced topics with advanced levels of reasoning. However every Advaita Vedanta student must read his articles; because, from his works many long standing misconceptions would get clarified. One who has a background of Vedanta can appreciate his works.

6. ProfVK’s Website (http://www.krishnamurthys.com/profvk/)

My rating: Super-Excellent
Testimonial: This retired professor is a renowned Sanskrit and Vedanta scholar. His name is Sri. V. Krishnamurty but he is called as “ProfVK” fondly by everyone. He was a professor in BITS Pilani and worked in other highly reputed institutions and retired. This elderly gentleman’s erudition in Hinduism scriptures is par excellence. He conducts video lectures and talks on advanced topics like Vedanta and is a teacher in Advaita Academy website. His website is a mix of all genres of Hinduism and you’ll find Puranas to Vedas to Vedanta to hymns and everything.

7. Advaita-Vedanta.in (http://www.advaita-vedanta.in/)

My Rating: Super-Excellent
Testimonial: This website is run by my brotherly friend who is a very humble gentleman. This website focusses on erasing false understanding of Advaita Vedanta, incorrect opinions about Shankara and his works and many more. This is a place where lot many misconceptions would get cleared.

Best Blogs / Websites of Mixed Genre

8. Kanfusion (http://kanfusion.blogspot.com)

My Rating: Super-Excellent
Testimonial: Blog-name is “Kanfusion” but it gives clarity on various matters of Hinduism. This blog has 1000+ articles and is not specific to a single genre. It is a blog where Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, short stories, folk lores, subhAshitA-s, works of great poets like Kalidasa, Bharavi etc., and many other things are discussed in short posts. Good resource to gain 360-degree knowledge of Hinduism from all sources. He is a retired Income Tax officer and is a Sanskrit scholar and a great and selfless devotee of lord Krishna.

9. Sri P.R. Ramachander’s translation of 743+ Stotras (Hymns) into English (http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org)

My Rating: Great
Testimonial: This website belongs to an elderly gentleman, a retired scientist, who is 75+ years old and despite his old age and health problems still continues to translate Sanskrit scriptures and hymns into English for everyone’s benefit. He has translated 743+ hymns into English. If you go to www.celextel.com, almost 80% translations of the scriptures available there are done by this person of majestic intelligence. He is a kalpavruksha on this earth! I bow down to his intelligence.

10. Indiaspirituality Blog (http://indiaspirituality.blogspot.in/)

My Rating: Excellent
Testimonial: This blog is also owned by the author of Advaita-Vedanta.in website (refer to Point 7 above). This is a wonderful one stop spiritual ocean for all the seekers of knowledge. This site is a huge database of spiritual quotes from the masters of Hinduism like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sarada Ma, and many other saints. This is one of the rarest places on web where a disturbed mind also can find tranquility. What more could I say?

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24 Comments

  1. Sudipta

    I feel blessed to have visited your site which has helped me a lot in healing my wounds that were created by ISKCON’s continuous Anti-Shiva hatred speeches. I would like to ask you for a little more help.As you must be well aware of the fact that ISKCON has mistranslated the word “Deva” as “Demigod” in their texts to propagate their philosophy.I have found several references which clearly indicates that this is completely wrong if not a sin.But still it disturbs me a little.As you are very well versed in Sanskrit and Shastras, I am sure you will be able to counter ISKCON’s claim more efficiently and correctly and help me to find mental peace in the Holy Feet of Lord Mahadeva.

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      Dear friend,

      Glad to learna bout your happiness. well, ISKCON’s translations are wrong totally. Their Gita is another crap. So, I don’t take ISKCON very seriously nowadays (once upon a time I used to). Well, if ‘deva’ is always ‘demi-god’ then in Bhagawad Gita also Arjuna uses ‘deva’ word for Krishna somewhere. And if I recollect corrctly, Prabhupada has translated deva there as ‘supreme personality fo god head’. This double standard 🙂

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      1. Sudipta

        Can’t thank u enough for your reply and clearing my doubt…my sincere gratitude to u….May Lord Shiva be always with you…Har Har Mahadeva…

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        1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

          Thank you.

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  2. Gowtham

    Sir please write something about Shiva mahapurana Iam very much thankful to you for clearing my doubts and giving good explanations

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      Dear Gowtham,

      Writing an article on Shivamahapurana is already there in my mind. But it would take time as I am a bit busy with work and also some other articles are in my mind before I take up writing something on Shivamahapurana

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  3. Gowtham

    Thank you sir I couldn’t tolerate the false preachings of some vaishnavites It was from your blog that I got the answers for many of my doubts Again my heartful thanks to you

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  4. Gowtham

    Thank you sir Iam thankful to you because your posts cleared my doubts I cant tolerate the false preachings of iskonites and some vaishnavas Thank you sir

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  5. Subhasis Dey

    Sir, the name of one of the most valuable Shaivite site has been missing in your given List of Blogs. It is : http://www.sivapurana.blogspot.in which I believe, must be Super-Excellent according to you. So, please make necessary arrangements for inclusion of this site in you List of Blogs so that a number of Siva devotees may get enriced.

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      Subhasis ji,

      Thanks for the link suggestion. Had a cursory glance at that blog. The theme (title) and the content do not match. should I consider it as a blog focussing on Shiva Purana or a blog focussing on refuting ISKCON? Had it been posting Shiva Purana stories only, it would have been a valuable resource for us to link.

      I know few more such blogs which too indulge in ISKCON and miscellaneous refutations. But I want to include only those websites/blogs where we can find seriously well researched content. If you go through the list of sites that I have posted here in this page, you would find each of them to be containing well researched content sometimes going beyond our brains. So, quality is important for me.

      For the time being I’m keeping this suggestion on hold. I would have to think more and decide later if I would add it here or exclude. But anyway, through your above comment that blog’s URL is already linked for the readers to visit and follow 🙂

      At this point of time this reply might have offended you, I know; but as and when your learnings progress, one fine day you would yourself be able to judge why I said what I said.

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  6. I.Banerjee

    ISKCON is misleading people, especially the foreigners . They have introduced a nasty culture of calling all manifestations of supreme godhead ( like Lord Shiva, Ma Bhagavati, Lord Kartikeya, Lord Ganesha) as demigods. An insult to Hinduism. This must be stopped immediately .

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  7. I.Banerjee

    I would request the Administrator to include the Website of Ramakrishna Math , Belur ( established by Great Swami Vivekananda ) , as well .

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      Please understand, the title of the page is “Sites I recommend” and not ‘Sites I seek recommendations from others”. No doubt Sri Ramakrishna’s teachings and websites are very good and informative, but those are already known to everyone. Only when a site or a work blows my mind, I consider such a website for inclusion here.

      Please don’t take it otherwise. _/|\_

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  8. Kalyan

    Can you please redirect me to a mentor/teacher or Guru who can initiate me and guide me in Kali krama upasana… i regularly do kriya yoga but i am drawn to mother kali’s lotus feet and want to pursue devotional path along with kriya..

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      I have no contacts of any gurus whom I can refer. I suggest you sincerely cry in front of Kali ma’s photo asking for a guru. if your prayers are sincere, Kali ma would send a guru to you. This is very much a valid method prescribed and tested in Srividya path.

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    2. In my opinion, you must contact the Sevait preists of Tārāpīțh and/or Kāmākhyā temple directly. Till then, propitiate Mahişamardinī through Vaidikācāra.

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  9. Kruthi N

    Hello sir, Could you please recommend a reliable website where I can download all 4 Vedas with English translation.

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

      Hi,
      The recommended would be Sayana’s commentary. But, that is not easily available in English translation online. May be somewhere they would be available in print.

      However, here is the website from where you can read online, the English translation of all Vedas. These translations are done by Western profeesors, but to a large extent their work is commendable, at least better than the bigoted, cunning Indian acharyas who would twist the meaning to drive their point. So, I rank these western translations by Max Muller to be a good resource. Here is the link (LINK)

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      1. Kruthi N

        Thank you for your recommendation. I found sayanacharya’s english commentary online ☺.

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        1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

          That’s nice to know. Pls share that link with me too.

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  10. Karthick

    Share the link with me too.

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  11. Nik

    Iskcon / Gaudiyas have cancelled all of Adi-Shankaracharya’s works as ‘mayawad’. Stating that Shiva in Padma Puran said he will come as Shanakracharya to mislead and misguide people with Mayawad philosophy. What rubbish!!! For this they quote apparently their own concocted shlokas. Any refuting commentaries that I can find somewhere? Kindly comment. Thanks. Har har Mahadev!!!

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

      Hi Nik, I haven’t come across a refutation of ISKCON by advaitins so far in my readings. But that is not because of incompetence rather ISKCON is such a weak group that advaitins don’t think they should respond to ISKCON’s attacks. if advaitins want they can easily dismantle the ISKCONite verses.

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      1. Nik

        Santosh Kumar, thank you for your reply. I have been doing that in various groups. They usually use their so called “veda Base” copy paste. But I think Advaitins should do that at times, so that distorted philosophy is not circulated. Otherwise the real conclusions will not be available to next generation. From this perspective I think this site is doing a great job. Iskcon and Gaudiyas have re edited Bhagwatam, Gita and other commentaries as per their imaginations. I often challenge then whenever possible on their positioning Lord Shiva and Hinduism. But it would be good to know more. Thank you.

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