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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Gaurī literally means ‘The white one’.


‘Gauri is another name of Pārvatī, the consort of Śiva. She may be worshiped along with Śiva as Candraśekhara or as an independent deity.

Pārvatī was referred to as Gauri when she was ten year old.

With Śiva[edit]

When she is worshiped with Śiva, she is shown standing on a lotus seat to his left.

Iconographic Representation[edit]

She is dark-blue in complexion, three-eyed and two-armed. She holds a blue-lotus in her right hand.

As per Aparājitāsutra[edit]

It mentions several forms of Gaurī such as:

  1. Umā
  2. Pārvatī
  3. Lalitā
  4. Kṛṣṇā
  5. Śrī

Forms of Gaurī[edit]

The number of forms of Gaurī varies from 12 to 24.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore