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...
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, ...
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...
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...
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.
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on wate...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
Sarasvati, the Goddess of knowledge, learning, and music, is identified in the inscription on the base of this work. It states that the nobleman Parasuruma commissioned the piece in 1156 from the master builder Jagadeva to replace o...