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The juggernaut’s kitchen, patenting yoga, the thousand names of Vishnu, and the strange chain reaction that led from anti-inflammatory drug use on cattle to a leopard invasion.

Vishnu
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The Vishnu Sahasranāma lists a thousand names for the god, including “the supremely gross” and “sorrowless.”


Basmati
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In response to spurious patent attempts, the government of India created a database of food, traditional medicine, and yoga poses.


The Shree Jagannath Temple is home to the original juggernaut, and the world’s largest kitchen.


The introduction of the anti-inflammatory drug Diclofenac to cattle in India set off a chain of events that killed most of the country’s vultures, leading to a rise of wild dogs and then leopards.

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