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 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
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
Magnesian schist

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 13 Feb 2016 Sculpture

10th-11th century

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
Mineral pigments and gold on cotton cloth

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 13 Feb 2016 Sculpture
6th Century

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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
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

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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
 11 Dec 2015 Sculpture
Shiva as the Cosmic Pillar
India, Tamil Nadu, early 12th century
Granulite with traces of paint

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 9 Dec 2015 Sculpture
Krishna Rajamannar with His Wives, Rukmini and Satyabhama, and His Mount, Garuda
India, Tamil Nadu, late 12th-13th century
Copper alloy

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 9 Dec 2015

Chola period
940-950 (circa)

A bronze sculpture of a seated figure of the Hindu god Siva. He has four arms and carries a parasu (axe) in his proper right rear hand, a mrga (deer) in his proper left rear hand, a naga (cobra) in his proper left fore hand and he holds his proper rig... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs
ca. 1800
India (Rajasthan)
Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth

This devotional image of Hanuman celebrates his most famous heroic feat—carrying the Mount Sanjeevini to Rama and Lakshmana, who, gravely wounded in combat, were in desperate need o... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Watercolour of Europeans being entertained by dancers and musicians in a splendid Indian house during Durga puja by William Prinsep (1794-1874) dating from the 1830s-1840s.

The subject matter and treatment is rather unlike Prinsep's normal style, and it is possible that this is based on another... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Watercolour depicting a Durga Puja, by Sevak Ram (c.1770-c.1830) in the Patna style, c.1809.

Durga is a form of the Great Goddess Devi; she is considered to be one in a variety of personalities of the Hindu goddess. She is most well known as the goddess who killed the Buffalo Demon Mahisha. The ... Read More
 21 Oct 2015 Sculpture
Goddess Uma, 1000s
Nepal, 11th Century

Gilt bronze and semiprecious stones

Uma is a mother goddess, and she is depicted here as turning toward her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, a companion sculpture from which this image of Uma has been separated. The grace and femininity of this solid-cast fig... Read More
 21 Oct 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Book :
Saundarya Lahari
The Ocean of Beauty of Sri Sankara Bhagatvatpada
English translation by Pandit S.Subrahmanya Sastri and T.R.Srinivasa Ayyangar
Published by The Theosophical Publishing House, Madras - 1937

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 18 Oct 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book :
The Brahmans, Theists and Muslims of India.
Studies of Goddess-Worship in Bengal, Caste, Brahmaism and Social Reform, with Descriptive Sketches of Curious Festivals, Ceremonies, and Faquirs.
By John Campbell Oman
Published by T. Fisher Unwin, London - 1907

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