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Showing posts from June 2, 2009

Sculptures of Varadaraja Perumal Temple at Kanchipuram to be Restored – Thanks to REACH

Rural Education and Conservation of Heritage (REACH) is involved in the restoration and preservation of the sculptural heritage of India. Popularly known as REACH Foundation, the organization is currently involved in the restoration of the exquisite sculptures in the 100-pillar mandapa of the VaradarajaPerumalTemple at Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, is also involved in the project.VaradarajaPerumalTemple at Kancheepuram is more than 1200 years old and became famous during the Chola period (11th Century AD). The present sanctum sanctorum and the vimana were constructed during the 16th century by Vijayanagara rulers.The beautiful sculptures at the temple are covered by thick layers of lime plaster and the REACH Foundation is in the process of removing it. Sculptures include those of Hindu gods, other personalities from Hindu scriptures, aspects of daily life and animals.The Hindu ReportsThe instruments for the removal of plaster were specially made, …

Rukmini Vivah – Rukmini Haran Festival

Rukmini Vivah, also known as Rukmini Haran, is the festival dedicated to the marriage of Lord Krishna and Rukmini Devi. In 2018, the date of Rukmini Vivah is June 23. Rukmini Vivaha is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Jyeshta month (May – June). The marriage of Lord Krishna and Rukmini is one of the most celebrated events in the life of Lord Krishna and is a favorite theme of artists and musicians.

Rukmini Devi is believed to be an avatar (incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi). Rukmini was in love with Lord Krishna but her brother, Rukmi, who was a close associate of Kamsa, objected to the relationship. Rukmi decided give Rukmini in marriage to Shishupala.

Rukmini sends a messenger to Krishna stating that her marriage has been fixed and he should come and rescue her. Lord Krishna comes and rescues Rukmini; while escaping with Rukmini, Krishna engages in a battle with Rukmi and defeats him.

This romantic escapade is a favorite them for painters, artists and music…

Words of Wisdom – Ramana Maharshi

All the scriptures are meant only to make a man retrace his steps to his original source. He need not acquire anything new. He only has to give up false ideas and useless accretions. Instead of doing this, however, he tries to grasp something strange and mysterious because he believes his happiness lies elsewhere. That is the mistake.

Mouna (silence) is the best and the most potent diksha. That was practiced by Sri Dakshinamurti. Initiation by touch, look, etc., are all of a lower order. Silent initiation changes the hearts of all. Ramana Maharshi