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 25 Feb 2017 New Books
Digital Rare Book:
Cultural Data in the Kurma Purana
By Dr.Harinarayan Dubey and Lakshminarayana Tripathi
Published by University of Allahabad - 2002
In Hindi

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Painting, Kurma, the tortoise incarnation of Vishnu, in opaque watercolour on paper, Te... Read More
 25 Feb 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Kurma Purana
A System of Hindu Mythology and Tradition
By Nilmani Mukhopadhyaya
Published by Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta - 1890

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'Vistnoo appeared partly as a Tortoise and partly as a man to afford his assistance to... Read More
 25 Feb 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Purana text of the dynasties of the Kali Age
By Frederick Eden Pargiter
Published by Humphrey Milford, London - 1918

"Accounts of the dynasties that reigned in India during the Kali age are found in the Matsya, Vayu, Brahmanda, Visnu, Bhagavata, Garuda, and Bhavisya Purana... Read More
 25 Feb 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Markandeya Purana
Translated by F. Eden Pargiter
Published by The Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta - 1904

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Kali slaying the demons Chanda and Munda, Markandeya Purana, opaque wat... Read More
 25 Feb 2017 Sculpture
Shiva and Parvati
900 AD
Sandstone sculpture

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 24 Feb 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Markandeya Puranam
Translated into English by Manmatha Nath Dutt
Published by H.C.Dass, Calcutta - 1896

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The Markandeya Purana (मार्कण्डेय à... Read More
 24 Feb 2017 Rare Paintings
Shiva protecting Markandeya from Yama, the god of Death.
Painting, 1810, India

One legend relates the story of how Shiva protected Markandeya from the clutches of death, personified as Yama.

Mrikandu rishi and his wife Marudmati worshipped Shiva and sought from him the boon of begetting a son. ... Read More
 24 Feb 2017 Rare Paintings
A lady prays in a Shiva shrine - 1770
Bhairavi Ragini

Ragamala Paintings are a series of illustrative paintings from medieval India based on Ragamala or the "Garland of Ragas", depicting various Indian musical modes called Ragas. They stand as a classical example of the amalgamation of art... Read More
 24 Feb 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Select Kakatiya Temples
By Dr. M. Rama Rao
Published by Sri Venkatesvara University, Tirupati - 1966

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The Thousand pillar temple, at Hanumkonda - 1885

Photograph of the Thousand Pillared Temple, at Hanumkonda in Andhra Pradesh,... Read More
 24 Feb 2017 Video
Chaya Somalingeshwara Temple at Panagal in Telengana. Read More
 16 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Earth in the form of a cow appeals to Brahma
An illustration to the 'Large' Guler-Basohli Bhagavata Purana
Attributed to Fattu, circa 1760-65

Gouache and gold on paper, red border with narrow black margin and double white rules, cover paper with inscriptions comprising two lines of text from th... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Video
Video lecture:

Dating of the Ramayana and Mahabharata
By Nilesh Nilakanth Oak

Let Mahabharata & Ramayana data-set, change your mindset!

While there are more than 130 attempts to date Mahabharata and more than dozen attempts to date Ramayana, all of them have lead to different proposals based o... Read More
 14 Jan 2017

Opaque watercolour painting of the red-complexioned, four-armed and magnificently attired Sūrya. He stands in samabhanga on a low dais at the centre of an oval frame. He carries in each of his upper hands a dagger, while his lower right hand is in abhaya and his lower left in varada mudra... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 4 depicting a scene from the Mahabharata. Bhisma is lying on a bed of arrows with Arjuna standing next to him with bow drawn and pointed at earth to bring out water for Bhisma, who is pierced by numerous arrows.

1895 (circa)
Printed in: Calcutt... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Painting illustrating the death of Kṛṣṇa and the Pandavas visiting the dying Bhishma from the epic Razmnameh. Originally from manuscript Bhishma lies in the centre of the scene surrounded immediately by kneeling attendants, while warriors and horsemen stand in the near distance amidst a roc... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper,illustration to the Razm-nama (a Persian translation of the Mahabharata), the last hours of Bhisma. He lies on a bed of arrows discoursing to Yudhisthira.

1598 ca.
Artist: 'Ali, Husain
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

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 13 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
When Did We First Celebrate Makar Sankranti?
By Raj Vedam
Swarajya - Jan 13, 2017

The widespread celebration of the Makar Sankranti festival and its many regional variations hint great antiquity. In this article, we will take a journey through time, weaving together history, astronomy, c... Read More
 11 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Winged Shaivite? figure riding composite bull, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1760

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, a Shaivite figure with angel's wings and pale white skin, with a cobra entwined on either arm, riding a composite bull, made up of hares, ... Read More
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Photographs
Nandi in the Temple grounds, Tanjore - 1895

Photograph from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II' of the pavilion with the monolithic bull Nandi in the Brihadishvara Temple complex at Thanjavur, taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s. The Brihadishvara Temple built by the Chola ki... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Garuda, the 'vahana' of Vishnu, returning with the vase of Amrita, which he had stolen from the gods in order to free his mother from Kadru, mother of serpents. The 'vahana' is the animal mount or vehicle of a Hindu god or goddess.

ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on watermarked pa... Read More