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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.

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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 (Naray

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 t

TEMPLES AS RECREATION CLUBS

Temples played an unique role in the socio-cultural and politico-economic life of the people of Tamilnadu. They preserved the rich heritage and were the traditional centres fostering the growth of civilization, in literature, art, music, dance, drama and other fine arts. As centres of worship, every temple of some prominence was busy with the incoming and outgoing d

MUSIC AND DANCE IN PRE- AND PROTO-HISTORIC ROCK PAINTINGS – PART II

T.B. Hospital Area

The paintings found here are the oldest in Bhopal. The human figures found here are linear having, circular or rectangular heads, sometimes wearing, an animal mask, busy either in hunting or dancing. The figures either hold a stick or a stone implement. In another rock shelter in the same place

MUSIC AND DANCE IN PRE- AND PROTO-HISTORIC ROCK PAINTINGS – PART I

Rock Art is a new and emerging field of studies in Indian archaeology and therefore it is to be viewed in the aesthetic value of the pre-historic people. During primitive times, man was a nomad wanderer hunting animals for food, clothing and shelter.

The history of the art of painting in India can be traced back to pre-historic a

A brief history of Kashmir Literature – Part II

Growth and Development of Literature in Kashmiri language

The Kashmiri language, also known as Koshur, belongs to the Dardic subgroup of Indo-Aryan (Iranian) languages. It is spoken approximately by around seven million people primarily in the Indian Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and also in parts of neighbou

A brief history of Kashmir Literature – Part I

Dr. V. Mohan Assistant Director and Head, Department of Classical Languages, C.P.R. Institute of Indological Research, Chennai.

The literature of Kashmir dates back to many centuries and it revolves mainly around three languages, Sanskrit, Persian and Kashmiri besides Urdu, Hindi and other languages.

The Ayyanar Trails : Terracotta Army of Tamil Nadu

Dr. Shan Eugene Palakkal Assistant Professor Department of History, Stella Maris College (Autonomous)

He is a god less in himself than in the role he maintains in the village pantheon. In oral tradition, he was born from Shiva who was seduced by the feminine form that Vishnu had assumed, in order to free him from a threatening As

MUSIC IN SCULPTURES AND PAINTING – Part II

 

Dr. M.B. Vedavalli

Head, Department of Indian Music

University of Madras.

Wind Instruments The flute has been represented in almost all the sculptures. It is found in Amaravati sculptures and Ajanta paintings. Usually in flutes, the finger holes will