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…

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…

Vanity Killer

This is one of the gorgeous sculptures that grace the outer periphery of the temple at Hallebidu. Here is a statue of Bhima killing elephants from the infantry of the enemy. Although slow, elephants were known to be the strongest animals in the stable, the structure depicts a very popular Tamil phase vaaranam aaiyram, meaning…

Hidden Treasures

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. ~A. P. J. Abdul…

Naga Nrithya

  The story of nag nrithya is very popular in Indian scriptures. Kaliya was said to be a multi-headed poisonous snake that had made Yamuna river in Vrindavan his home. The snake had spread its venom and poisoned the river, ensuring no living creature could use the water. Garuda, the foe of all serpents was cursed out of Vrindavana and…

Mahishasura

Mahishasura is a combination of mahisha or a buffalo and asura or demon. Mahishasura was partly-immortal; no man could kill him. Mahishasura beat the god in a battle between Asuras and Devas, when the gods were led by Indra. Dejected, the Devas then combined divine energies bring goddess Durga to life. Riding a lion she…

The Commoners

If you have walked the roads of Dadar and locations nearby, you would pass many old souls with two baskets full of vegetables loaded on a balance on their shoulders cheerfully. You will usually spot them in typical half-pants and a Gandhi topi as they cheerfully carry the heavy loads carefully maintaining their stability, pace in a jolly…