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 14 Jan 2017
Surya

Opaque watercolour painting of the red-complexioned, four-armed and magnificently attired S?rya. 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 K???a 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 rocky lan... 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.

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

The ... Read More
 13 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
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.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on watermarked pa... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
The shrine of Vishnu in the form of Viraraghavaswami, reclining on the serpent of eternity, the form in which he is worhipped at the shrine of Tiravallur in Chingleput district. To the right stands Lakshmi and to the left a Vaishnava priest.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on wate... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Vishnu

Painting
Gouache on watermarked paper
Trichinopoly, ca. 1825

Vishnu as Vaikuntha-natha seated on the coils of the serpent Sesha between his two shaktis, Shri and Bhumi Devi; a third, Nila Devi, supports his right foot. From a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
A History of the Holy Shrine of Sri Venkatesa in Tirupati
By Sakkottai Krishnasvami Aiyangar
Printed at Ananda Press, Madras - 1939

Read Book Online:
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Author's Preface:
The cluster of hills which goes by the name ... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Illustration depicting Sub-castes

Faizabad - ca. 1774
Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among other things an atlas ... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Offerings for different types of disease and ailments.

Faizabad - ca. 1774
Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among o... Read More
 27 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Different types of puja, for the Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas.

Faizabad - ca. 1774

Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from ... Read More
 27 Dec 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Rites of the Twice-born
By Mrs. Sinclair Stevenson (1875-1957)
Published by Humphrey Milford, London - 1920

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http://bit.ly/2iACMhP

Image:
From Mrs. S. C. Belnos's celebrated work "Sundhya," published in London, ... Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Sculpture
Bust of Vishnu

Gupta period
5th?6th century
India (Bengal)
Terracotta

Image credit:
? 2000?2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More
 26 Oct 2016 New Books
New Book Lauch:
The Mewar Ramayana
The finest surviving illustrated manuscript in India
By J.P.Losty and Sumedha Verma Ojha
Published by Roli Books - 26 October 2016

Buy this book:

http://amzn.to/2f6AdHi

Welcome to one of the world's most beautiful Ramayana manuscripts. The original was prepar... Read More
 22 Oct 2016 Rare Photographs
Shrine at Haripur, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan - 1865

Photograph of a small shrine at Haripur, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. This temple has two cat-like stone figures guarding the steps. The town of Haripur was founded in 1822 ... Read More
 22 Oct 2016 Rare Paintings
Temple at Shivganga in the Salt Range of the Punjab, now in Pakistan - 1860

Pencil drawing of a temple at Shivganga in the Salt Range of the Punjab, now in Pakistan, by Sir Henry Yule, dated March 1860. The image is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Ancient Buddhist portion of a Temple at Sheog... Read More
 7 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
The Goddesses Of The Mauryans
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - October 07, 2016

This is the time of the year, the Sharad Navratri, when we awaken the goddess inside us; Durga, Kali, Saraswati and the myriad forms of Devi which reflect her different aspects, a tradition whose beginnings a... Read More