BHAIRAVA – CATTAINATHASVAMI CULT AND ICONOGRAPHY – PART III

Iconography of Bhairava-Cattainathasvami A general form of Bhairava in art is essential in this connection in order to understand the other form and explainable with the help of an artistic specimen that come from Hoysalesvara temple at Halebidu. He is nude carrying terrible weapons of attributes like the severed head and cup; long trisula, serpent, khatvanga (bone) in front right hands, khadga,....


BHAIRAVA – CATTAINATHASVAMI CULT AND ICONOGRAPHY – PART II

Tamil concept of Bhairava In Tamil tradition, Bhairava had not only suppressed the haughtiness of Brahma by plucking off his head, but also suppressed the insolent Nrsimha­-Visnu who became proud, out of his action of having killed demon Hiranyakasipu in the enumeration of Nrsimha incarnation of Visnu (Narayaniya section, Mahabharata; Bhagavata, Agni, Matsyapuranas). Sirkalisthalapuranam (v.5) o....

BHAIRAVA – CATTAINATHASVAMI CULT AND ICONOGRAPHY – PART I

Siva, one of the Hindu triad, is a popular god worshipped everywhere in avyakta 'aniconic' linga form. He is distinguished by his two main aspects viz. saumya or santa 'mild disposition' and ugra "fierce disposition". In his ugra manifestation, he tries to destroy the evil for bringing cosmic amity and maintain the balance of power and in his santa aspect he offers grace to devotees, guides humani....

KNOW YOUR PLANTS- MALABAR GLORY LILY

Distribution: The Glory Lily grows throughout India, upto an elevation of 1800m in low jungles. Description: It is a climbing lily, with tuberous roots, ascending by means of “finger tip” tendrils at the end of the smooth, green, lanceolate leaves. The flowers are very showy, waxy edged, crimson petaloid segments, which bend backwards to reveal their yellow bases and long extruding stamens.....