Many Hindi words are explained here to clearly
understand the texts given in scriptures.
Here are given the
stories of some important Avataar (incarnations) of various gods.
Many names which appear while reading scriptures, are
given here with brief description for ready reference purpose. Some of them have
detailed description which are given under
Biographies. There are some
other names also which are also of some importance they are given under
Here are given the main
genealogies of Soorya Vansh, Chandra Vansh, Ikshwaaku Vansh etc as given in
various Puraan. They have been brought here in condensed form to understand
them easily with some extra notes for their easy identification.
Brief description about
2,000 names has been given in the Names
section above. This section has been created for the elaborated description
about the characters. Names are arranged in alphabetical order. These names
may or may not appear anywhere in any religious book. The list consists of
normally - names, parentage, wife, children, maybe brothers and sisters,
and any other important worth to know information about the person. One may find some contradictory information at some places because of collecting
it from different sources. Wherever it is possible the source is given, but
sometimes it is not possible, because these are not review articles and it is
not possible to give all references for all tiny bits of information. I apologize
There are 5 lists of
sketches - General, Bhakt (devotees), Sant (saints),
These sketches contain the names of
Religious saints, some
Foreign characters and some other
Names of many
mountains are given here with their references.
This section gives lots
of background information and many historical facts about India since
ancient times, Bauddh Dharm, Jain Dharm,
This section provides
with a bird's
eye view of India's Hindi, Sanskrit, plus a little bit (selected)
English and Foreign literature. Some great authors and some great books
have also been described.
Do You Know
||This section gives
many interesting information written in and about our scriptures and culture
Index to Rel-Dictionary
Sources Consulted to Compose this Dictionary
(1) The Aangiras Dictionary of the Hindu Religion and Culture. Sacred Books, 1999.
Although this book is written scientifically, still
wherever the ancient dates are given, they create doubts in one's mind,
as they do not match our religious Time Division of Yug etc.
(2) All Puraan. Published by Gita Press, Gorakhpur
(3) Raam Charit Maanas by Tulasee
(4) Vaalmeeki Raamaayam by Vaalmeeki Jee
(5) Tantra of the Great Liberation: Mahaanirvaan Tantra. by Arthur Avalon. Dover Publications. 1972.
(6) India Handbook
Some interesting sites
about Hindu religion are given below. One may like to visit them often
to increase his knowledge and reference.
- is a site for 108 Upanishad, Geetaa, Brahm Sootra, Aadi Shankar Stotra etc.
(2) www.urday.org - is a site for many things - 18 Puraan
(3) www.sacred-texts.org - for MBH translation by KMG
www.ibiblio.org/sripedia/ebooks/mw/index.html - is a site for Monier-Williams
There are some other materials
worth reading on Hindu religious information --