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Hindu Rites, Rituals, Customs and Traditions: A to Z on the Hindu Way of Life

Prem P. Bhalla (Author)
Synopsis Rites, rituals and customs play a major role in the life of every person, irrespective of religious affiliations.  This is more prominent in the case of Hindus.  Right from the time of conception and birth, up to a person's passing away and even after it, rites and rituals follow a Hindu at all times, much like a shadow.  How? Why? What? This book answers it all.  Why do Hindus offer prayers to Ganesh before a special occasion?  What is the significance of the many incarnations of Gods? Why do Hindus consider Tulsi the most sacred plant?  Why do married women wear a mangalsutra around the neck? Why is care of parents the best service?  Traditionally, family ties among the Hindus have remained strong, no matter where they live - America, England, Russia or Japan.  Rites and rituals have passed down the generations.  Unmindful of the rationale behind a particular occasion, the youth of today continue to observe them scrupulously, quite often in a truncated form.  21st century youth want facts to decide what they can accept or reject.  Effort has been made to research the authoritative texts and put together into a small compendium the origins of 145 How's, Why's and What’s of rites, rituals, customs and traditions that enliven the Hindus' daily existence.
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About the author

Prem P. Bhalla

Educated in Dehradun and New Delhi, Prem P Bhall enjoys photography and travel having traveled widely in India and abroad.  Besides running his own business, he is deeply involved with several social welfare and educational institutions.  The author has also been involved with the Rotary movement for over 40 years.  Mr. Bhalla has written several self-improvement books and is particularly interested in the welfare of youngsters.  The author gives group lectures on personality and career development too.  He has also authored It's time to live-up Smart, The portrait of a Complete Man, Hello! Just Married or About to Marry, 7 Mantras to Excel in Exams and 50 Moral Tales, as well as co-authored The Book of Etiquette and Manners, all published by Pustak Mahal.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hindu Rites, Rituals, Customs and Traditions: A to Z on the Hindu Way of Life
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.05.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pustak Mahal
Language: English
isbn 8122309027
length 326p., Figures; 26cm.