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…

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.

Chakraveyu Ka Chakkar

The chakraveyu or human maze was a very difficult war strategy to crack. It is believed that Arjun was one of the few men who could enter the maze and exit it alive. He explained the same to his wife Subhadra who was then carrying his son Abhimanu . But as Abhimanyu was listening intently…

Dancing Queen

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey

Listen Up!

“The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book “I shouldn’t have eavesdropped, but sometimes, that’s the only way to find out the truth.” ~ Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Divine Lessons

No, this is not a miniature from my collection. Earlier this week, I celebrated a personal milestone, which I choose not to describe in detail. I found myself at Shravanbelgola, a Jain pilgrimage spot. Dedicated to Bahubali, the first Jain Tirthankara (spiritual leader or saint), the statue is the largest monolithic sculpture in India. Outside…

Immortally & Ornately Blessed

Having friends who are proud of their birth land is a blessing for wanderers. This is what the inside dome of Somnathpur  in Mysore looks like. The last major temple of Hoysala dynasty,  it was constructed in 1268 A.D. in the reign of King Narsimha III by his army general Somnatha. Hence, this Kesava temple…