Draupadi’s Dilemma

There is no shortage of dilemmas in the Mahābhārata. A very poignant question, always, remains of Yudhisthira choices. Did Yudhiṣṭhira have the right to stake Draupadī after he lost himself? As the story goes, a menstruating Draupadī was dragged into the sabhā by her hair, weeping, bleeding, clad in a single garment. She berates the elders…

In Divine Peace

A very common yoga mudra is the gyaana mudra. The tips of the thumb and index finger form an O and the other three are fingers together, lightly stretched. It signifies the unity of universal and individual consciousness; it symbolizes knowledge. The open hand is the dhyaana mudra, which is usually the mudra for meditation….

Retrograde

In grammar, the word retrograde means ‘moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction’ or ‘going from better to worse’. In terms of technology, there is no fun in being regressive. Then why do we reminisce fondly with these silly, outdated things of  yesteryears? Because we tend to…

Good Ol’ Days

The term “good ol’ days” is a sore point for me these days. I picked up a book to understand the history of the city I currently call home. What I expected to find was a way to connect with the culture of the city, and why people are the way they are, and what…

Up In The Air

I’ll be out of my mind and you’ll be out of ideas pretty soon. So let’s spend the afternoon in a cold hot air balloon. Leave your jacket behind. Lean out and touch the tree tops over town. I can’t wait to kiss the ground wherever we touch back down. ~Owl City, Ocean Eyes

Love Ain’t Easy

This classic sculpture of Shiva and Parvathi shows us how love is hard work. As the Lord lifts his wife to life and love, he’s struggling to keep his balance and breath. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

Sibling Rivalry

Karna and Arjuna were the most prolific archers in battle. Both had access to several Divyaastra (devine arrows) including Brahmastra, Naga astra and others, which could destroy the whole universe. Both were biological brothers, but fate pit them against each other. This epic sculpture shows the two warriors in action in the Mahabharata battle that lasted…

The Onam Story

King Bali (Mahabali) was born to Devamba. The asura king was trained by was mentored by his grandfather, Prahlada and eventually succeeded him to the throne. As an asura king, Mahabali was revered for his morality and administrative prowess. He was known to be the most generous kings alive. Being overtly ambitious, he wanted to…

Meaning of GOD

So during my recent trip to Halibeedu, I had the good fortune to meet with a wonderful guide, Uma, who helped us decode the mystery of the ruined temple of the Hoysala dynasty. She told us, pointing at this statue, that this the Hindu meaning if the the word GOD: the Generator or creator (lord…

Makara, The Hoysala Mascot

Makara is a mythical animal, which was the mascot of the Hoysala dynasty and is featured prominently across all Hoysala temples. The animal has the mouth of a crocodile, ears of a cow, eyes of a monkey, body of a pig, feet of a lion and tail of a peacock.