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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
One-Faced Linga (Ekamukhalinga), 600s-700s

Eastern India, Bihar, Medieval Period, Pala Dynasty, 7th-8th Century
Chloritic schist

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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Triad, early 900s

Indonesia, Central Java, Prambanam, Temple of Loro Jonggrang, Early 10th Century
Volcanic stone

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 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Shiva as Slayer of the Elephant Demon, 1000s

South India, Tamil Nadu, early Chola Period, 11th century
Granite

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Shiva and Devi on Gajasura's Hide, c. 1675-1680

India, Pahari Hills, Basohli school, 17th century
Ink and color on paper

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Shiva Under Trees, c. 1780

India, Pahari, Kangra school, 18th century
Color on paper

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 7 Mar 2016 Rare Paintings
Panel fragment with the god Shiva/Oesho

Kushan
3rd century A.D.
Bactria
Kushan
Terracotta, gouache

This rare Central Asian votive panel depicts a deity (with nimbus) being approached by a worshiper, probably nonroyal but portrayed as of equal stature to the god. Compositionally, they follow sce... Read More
 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Linga Altar with Four Faces of Shiva

Thakuri period
ca.1045
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Copper alloy

Shiva linga are variously represented as an unadorned pillar or with one, four, or five heads of Shiva. This linga altar has a four-faced form (chaturmukha). It is banded, likely with munja grass h... Read More
 7 Mar 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Siva-Purana
Translated by a Board of Scholars
Edited by J.L.Shastri
Published by Motilal Banarsidass, Dehi - 1970

Read Book Online:

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Shiva Embracing His Consort, Uma (Alinganamurti)

Chola period (880–127... Read More
 7 Mar 2016 Sculpture
Shiva as Mrityunjaya, the Conquerer of Death

Pala period
12th century
Bangladesh or India (Bengal)
Black stone

This is an extremely rare representation of Shiva as Mrityunjaya, the destroyer of death and disease. He is shown deep in meditation in yogic form, as indicated by his interlocked legs... Read More
 20 Feb 2016 Video
Audio discussion:
The dating of Adi Shankaracharya

The dating of Adi Shankaracharya is a vital piece of Indian history. Did he live during 788 - 820CE? Or did he live during 509 - 477 BCE? If the latter is correct, then Buddha's lifetime gets pushed back further, making the Indian civilisation e... Read More
 14 Feb 2016 Sculpture
A sandstone figural relief of Surya
Central India, 10th/11th Century

The solar deity standing in a frontal hieratic pose with both hands raised and holding a stylized blossoms, a small figure of his consort standing between his boots and accompanied by his two sons Shani and Yama standing on the... Read More
 14 Feb 2016 Sculpture
Surya, The Sun God
Indonesia, Central Java or Shrivijaya, 9th century
Sculpture
Copper alloy with traces of gilding

Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Read More
 14 Feb 2016 Sculpture
Surya, The Sun God
India, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh, circa 1100-1150
Sculpture
Magnesian schist

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 13 Feb 2016 Sculpture
Sarasvati

10th-11th century
Sandstone
Sculpture
India

Sarasvati, goddess of speech, learning, and the arts, is revered by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists alike. Associated especially with music and knowledge, she plays the vina (a stringed instrument) and holds a palm-leaf manuscript. Here, she a... Read More
 13 Feb 2016 Rare Paintings
The Goddess Sarasvati
Eastern Tibet, Kham region, 18th century
Painting
Mineral pigments and gold on cotton cloth

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 13 Feb 2016 Sculpture
Sarasvati
6th Century
Sandstone
India

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 12 Jan 2016 Rare Paintings
Arjuna as a Victor
Abdur Rahman Chughtai
Watercolor on paper

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is remembered today as possibly the most distinguished Pakistani artist of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and he was one of the few Pakistani artists to be recognize... Read More
 20 Dec 2015 Article/Essay
Article:
Vedic Cosmology: Integrating God and Physics
By Mauricio Garrido, Ph.D.
Physicist and Hindu Monk
Huffington Post - March 2014

In 2012, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, called for a debate between scientists, philosophers and theologians to find common ground between... Read More
 17 Dec 2015 Rare BOOKS
New Book:
Siva Temples of South India
Compiled by R.K.Periwal
Published by Moorlidhar Mohanlal Saraf Charitable Trust, Calcutta - 1995

Read Book Online:

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http://bit.ly/1O9wiOE

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Drawing by F. Swain Ward in c.1762 of the temple at Chidambaram in T... Read More
 17 Dec 2015 New Books
New Book:
The Presence of Siva
By Stella Kramrisch
Published by Princeton University Press - 1992

One of the three great gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, The Rg Veda, evokes his presence in its hymns; Vedic myths, rituals, and even astronomy... Read More