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Chola Period Shiva Nataraja Bronze Auction To Fetch More Than A Million Dollars

Christie’s, one of world’s leading art business and a fine arts auction house, is auctioning a Chola Period Shiva Nataraja Bronze idol in New York on September 16, 2008 and the estimated auction price is more than one million dollars. The Nataraja statue from Tamil Nadu in South India belongs to the Chola Period – 975 AD. In the idol, Lord Shiva as Nataraja is dancing over the dwarf Apasmara with his left leg raised, his principal right hand in abhaya mudra and his principal left hand pointed towards his raised foot, holding a damaru and flaming oil lamp in his other hands, the snake coiled about his waist and the goddess Ganga reclining on his flying tresses, surrounded by an aureole of flames.
The height of the idol is 73.7 cm. Estimated price is $1,000,000 - $1,500,00. This idol is an early example where the flaming halo forms an arch as opposed to a circle in middle to late Chola. Only very few such idols are in private or public collections.Apart from Shiva Natara…

Durga Puja Mahalaya Ritual in 2008

Mahalaya day marks the beginning of the Durga Puja rituals in Bengal and Eastern parts of India. Mahalaya falls on the new moon day in the Bengali month Aashin. Mahalaya heralds the advent of Goddess Durga to earth along with her four children Ganesh, Kartikeya, Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi. In 2008, the Mahalaya day begins at 1315 hrs on September 28 and ends at 1255 hrs on September 29 (noon). Mahalaya is also the last day of Pitru Paksha Shraddh fortnight. Prayers are offered to dead parents, relatives and ancestors at early morning on Mahalaya day through the Tarpan ritual. On Mahalaya day, invitation is given to Goddess Durga to descend on to the earth along with her family. In Bengal, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi are considered part of the family of Durga. Chanting mantras and singing bhajans dedicated to Goddess Durga is the main event on Mahalaya day. The most famous bhajans is the – ‘Jago Tumi Jago.’ The Chandi Kavya or Chandi Stotram is also recited on…

Words of Wisdom – Swami Sivananda

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship; he who plants kindness reaps love.
Do all the good that you can, in all the ways you can, to all people you can, at all times, with all zeal, strength and love.
Practice non-injury. If you injure any creature, you really injure yourself, because only one Soul dwells in all beings. Swami Sivananda