Festival of Light: Diwali
http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/dday.htm

WEB RESOURCE This British website for children has a slide show of a Diwali celebration in Jaipur. There are also five simplified chapters from the Ramayana.

Hindu Temple Dedication
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.hindutem/

WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows Hindus in the state of Maryland worshiping two highly revered deities, Vishnu and Shiva, in the same temple. Generally, Shiva, the creator and destroyer, and Vishnu, the preserver, are worshiped and adored in separate temples. Maryland's Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple is constructed in the shape of a reclining human being to highlight the Hindu concept of unity in diversity. A background essay is also included.

Hindu Perspectives on the Arts
http://faithandthearts.com/uncategorized/hindu-perspectives-on-the-arts

WEB RESOURCE The Faith and the Arts project commissioned two pieces of research to explore the relationship between Hinduism and the arts. Both explore the religious and creative aspects of culture and arts within the Hindu faith.

Devi: The Great Goddess
http://www.asia.si.edu/devi/index.htm

WEB RESOURCE This article by the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian provides a detailed, hyperlinked overview of the aspects and interpretations of the Hindu goddess Devi.

Faces of the Divine: Ancient Indian Art
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/01/india-ancient-art/oneill-text

WEB RESOURCE In 1,500-year-old temples, Indian artists portrayed their gods as visions of perfection.Fifth-century painters created stunning murals in dim man-made caves. A gifted photographer brings them to light.This site features photos of these murals by Benoy Behl.

What You Will See Inside a Hindu Temple by Mahendra and Vandana Jani and Neirah Bhargava

CHILDREN'S BOOK Young readers are introduced to the sites within a Hindu temple. The authors explain how the art, artifacts, and structures relate to Hindu beliefs, worship practices, scriptures, celebrations, blessing ceremonies, and family shrines in homes. There are many photographs, each focused on some aspect of the temple supported by several paragraphs describing it and its role in worship. Skylight Paths Pub., 2005. Elem. - MS

Indian Religions
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/Religions/religions.html

WEB RESOURCE Although this website has resources related to a range of religious practices in India, the majority has to do with practices loosely organized as Hinduism.

BBC: Hinduism
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/

WEB RESOURCE This BBC site provides and overview of Hinduism and has links to other resources. In some ways Hinduism is the oldest living religion in the world, or at least elements within it stretch back many thousands of years. Yet Hinduism resists easy definition partly because of the vast array of practices and beliefs found within it. It is also closely associated conceptually and historically with the other Indian religions Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

Religion Facts - Hinduism
http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/index.htm

WEB RESOURCES This Religion Facts site provides a balanced overview of Hinduism with information about the beliefs, history, holidays, symbols, and more.

Fireworks, Lights Brighten Diwali Hindu Festival
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1028_051028_diwali_2.html

WEB RESOURCE This National Geographic news article features Diwali, one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the world, being a national holiday in India, Fiji, Nepal, and Trinidad. This article has basic information

The Broken Tusk: Stories of the Hindu God Ganesha by Uma Krishnaswami

BOOK This collection of Hindu folktales for features stories about the god, Ganesha, who is easily recognized because of his elephant head. Krishnaswami introduces the stories and offers a mythological context for the tales. Included among the tales are Ganesha's Head, The Broken Tusk, and 'Why Ganesha Never Married. MS

Ancient World Cultures: India
http://eawc.evansville.edu/inpage.htm

WEB RESOURCE In the Bhagavad Gita, the great Hindu religious poem, is the record of the main character Arjuna's questions and the god Krishna's provocative responses. In addition this Exploring Ancient World Cultures site has an essay about eh context of the Bhagavad Gita and its relation to Indian religious doctrines, a timeline, and links to essays, images, texts, and other sites.

Hinduism and Modern India
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/?p=5510

WEB RESOURCE This Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly site looks at the place of Hinduism in a modernizing contemporary India through the experience of the Gupta family that has seen much prosperity in recent years. As is common in Hindu households, this one has an altar but other aspects of religious life is changing.

India's Sacred Cows
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2014/02/07/february-7-2014-indias-sacred-cows/21993/

WEB RESOURCES This short Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly video features a discussion of cows in India. Cows are considered sacred by Hindus in India. They were the favorite animal of Lord Krishna, and they serve as a symbol of wealth, strength, and abundance.

Story of India
http://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/

WEB VIDEO This PDS video looks at the ancient and modern history of India with an emphasis on how the beliefs and culture of the people have evolved and influenced events. The narrator is Michael Wood and has a FAQ section answering questions from people who have viewed the program.

Hindus in America

WEB RESOURCE This Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly interview site is a little dated but still very relevant. Census figures in 2000 show a sharp rise in the number of Asian-Indian immigrants to America. The vast majority of them are Hindus. At close to 1.5 million, they now form the fifth largest religious group, after Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. Recently, the increased attention to Hinduism has come from a clash with an American icon -- McDonald's.