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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Digital Book :
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
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
A blue-skinned Indian goddess, holding a snake in her right hand and a man with a trident on her left elbow; she treads on another snake with her right foot, and on a lotus with her left foot
"Raksha Kali or Durga - Deity of Epdemics"