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 11 May 2021 New Books
New Book:
Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America
By Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas, Aditi Banerjee

Book review:

Nearly a century ago, some believed that Indian art constituted multiheaded monsters and horrendous sculpture with multi arms. An animated and w... Read More
 26 Nov 2020 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Vedic Chronology And Vedanga Jyotisha
By Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Published by Tilak Brothers, Poona - 1925

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Introduction

The ancient Indian literature is divided into tw... Read More
 20 Nov 2020 Sculpture
The Goddess Durga Slaying the Demon Buffalo Mahishasura
12th century
India (Himachal Pradesh, probably Chamba Valley)

Functioning as an altar shrine, complete with a lustration basin, this icon depicts the goddess Durga in the act of conquering the demon buffalo Mahisha. Durga crushes the b... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Article/Essay
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Essay:
Navaratri Reflection On 2,000-Year-Old Tamil Verses In Praise Of Durga
by Dr Kanniks Kannikeswaran
Published in Swarajya - Oct 24, 2020

If you wish to know how Tamil culture richly contributed to Devi worship, then a stud... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
The Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahisasura Mardini)
10th century
India (Rajasthan)

The multi-armed Durga tramples the slain buffalo with her raised leg while plunging her trident into the human form of the demon Mahisha seen emerging from the neck of the beast. Her vehicle, the... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
Plaque with the Goddess Durga Standing on a Lotus
1st century B.C.
India (West Bengal)

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 19 Nov 2020 Rare Paintings
Durga holding the infant Krishna (Deva Gostha)
ca. 1885–95
India

Durga is seen here in her maternal aspect, offering the infant Krishna sweets from a bowl. The divine pair sit on her lion vehicle (vahana) set on marble paved floor and against a golden aureole (prabha) which has forest lan... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Meaning Of Durga
By David Frawley
Published in Swarajya - Oct 9, 2016

No country in the world demonstrates such enduring reverence for the Great Mother Goddess, as does India. The Goddess is celebrated in every form, aspect and quality, through music, art, ritual, mantra and m... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Article/Essay
Article:
Ramayana is real, say experts
By Amar Tejaswi
Published in Deccan Chronicle - 2019

New research carried out by anthropological scientists from the Estonian Biocentre and the University of Delhi claims that events of the mythological epic Ramayana occurred in reality thousands of y... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Rare BOOKS


Digital Rare Book:
The Matsya Purana
By V.R. Ramachandra Dikshitar
Published by University of Madras - 1935

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The Matsya Purana is one of the eighteen major Puranas (Mahapurana), and among the o... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Rare Paintings
Matsya Avatar of Vishnu
India, Himachal Pradesh, Chamba
circa 1700-1725 or later
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper

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 19 Nov 2020 Rare Paintings
Matsya Avatar : The fish incarnation of Vishnu slaying the demon Shankhasura
Pahari, ca 1830
Gouache on paper

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 19 Nov 2020 Rare Paintings
A SCENE FROM A BHAVAGATA PURANA: MATSYA PREPARING TO SLAY SHANKHASURA
Kashmir, 19th century

Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper; Matsya, the first avatar of Vishnu, rises from the waters to vanquish the demon Shankhasura emerging from a conch, four men seated on a lotus symbolizing t... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Rare Paintings
MATSYA AVATAR, THE FISH INCARNATION OF VISHNU, ARISING FROM THE WATERS TO KILL A CONCH DEMON, SURROUNDED BY A GROUP OF DEVOTEES
CHAMBA, CIRCA 1730
Gouache and gold on paper,

The ruling family of Chamba, according to tradition, were directly descended from Vishnu through Rama. Hence miniatur... Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
Shiva Nataraja
18th century
Bronze

Credit: Brooklyn Museum Read More
 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
Parvati
10th century
Bronze, with base: 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
Chola

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 19 Nov 2020 Sculpture
hiva as Chandrashekhara

Bronze
Tamil Nadu, India
ca. 970 C.E.
Chola dynasty

Shiva is one of Hinduism’s most powerful and charismatic deities. He builds up great reserves of energy through the practice of yoga and then uses that energy to propel the cosmos. This sculpture shows the god ... Read More
 5 Jul 2019 Article/Essay
Essay:
Legacy Of Kashmir, The Forgotten Land Of Beauty And Knowledge — Part I
By Professor Subhash Kak
Published in Swarajya - August 06, 2016

This is the first essay in a four-part series about the important contributions of Kashmir to Indian culture. It throws light on the early history of t... Read More
 3 Jul 2019 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Abhinava Gupta
By G.T. Deshpande
Published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi - 1989

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Abhinavagupta (c. 950 – 1016 AD[1][2]) was a philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir. He was also c... Read More
 17 Jun 2019 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Speaking of Siva
Edited and translated by A.K. Ramanujan
Published by Pengiun Books, England - 1973

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Book extract:

Speaking of Siva is a book of vacanas. A vacana is a religious lyric in Kanna... Read More