Dancing the Night Away

In Tamil mythology, Nataraja is the cosmic ecstatic dancer form of Shiva. The dance form is either referred to as Tandavamor Nadanta, based on the context of the dance. Narataja (which means the lord of dance) is usually performing nadanta inside a ring of fire, which standsfor the recurring cycle of death and rebirth and…

Ram Leela

Ram Leela is a folk play that shows parts of Lord Rama’s life. The climax of the play ends with the legendary war between Good and Evil, Dussehra where effigies of King Ravana are burnt, typically with fireworks. Ram Leela is a part of Dusshera celebrations in North India, and typlically based on the 16th…

Rama’s Dilemma

The story of Rama Killing Vali, Sugreeva’s brother is quite a famous moral dilemma. This gorgeous sculpture explains how Rama devised a plan to kill the Monkey king, who was invincible, from behind seven palm trees. Vali had a boon that he couldn’t be killed directly, and hence wrecked havoc. On a request from Vali’s…

Shabari Ke Ber

  Meera Bai’s love for Krishna is epic and the devotion of Shabari for Lord Rama is just as popular. Shabari was a tribal girl, looking for her spiritual calling. After days of hunting, she met Sage Matanga at the foot of the Mountain Rishyamukha and accepted him as her¬†guru. As she grew old, the…

Bursting Crackers

When the King and Queen of Ayodhya return to their kingdom, walking through lanes lit by clap lamps, people shower their joy by illuminating the skies with fireworks. Although today it amounts to noise and wind pollution, inflation and eco-friendliness has ensured that my spirits have surely dampened. But I can’t see that as a…

Lights Galore

Finally the Festival of lights is here! Diwali holds a lot of importance across various religious¬†communities in India for a number of reasons. While the festivities run into 4-days for some communities, for us it’s just for a day. The night before Lakshmi Pooja is the nigh before the new moon. That is the day…