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LAKSHMI IN TAMIL LITERATURE – PART II

Kamban in his Ramayana describes Sita as the incarnation of Lakshmi. Apart from the usual information in the Ayodyakandam, Kamban describes Sita as being a step higher than Saraswati in knowledge.18

After the Alwars, another class of saints known as the acharyas nourished the Shrivaisnava sec

LAKSHMI IN TAMIL LITERATURE

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Hindu tradition is its amazing continuity. Many deities have their in remote antiquity and have undergone transformation and survived to this day. The cult of Sri Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Beauty, happens to be one of them.

The Goddess Sri, who is also known as Lakshmi or Tiru

GOUNDANKOLLI MEGALITHIC STONE CIRCLE IN THE NILGIRIS – A STUDY

Introduction

Earlier surveys of megalithic burial sites in the Nilgiris have revealed that there are three distinct tracts, viz., Upper Nilgiris, Sigur Plateau and Eastern Slopes. The recent exploratory survey of megalithic sites conducted in the Nilgiris by the author has brought to light the fact that megalithi

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