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Hindu God Kaleshwar – Shiva as Kaleshwara

Kaleshwar is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. In the form of Kaleshwar, Shiva is Lord of arts – dance and music. It must be noted that Kaleshwara is different from Mahakala - the one with the power to annihilate all living and non-living.
As per Hindu tradition, inspired by the beauty of Goddess Parvati, Shiva created music and dance. The musical notes that made all the living beings dance, poured out from the mouth of Shiva. This was captured and taught by Rishis to their students; these students taught it to the next generation, finally it was written down for posterity.
The dance expressions were created by Shiva to express various emotions clearly. All these were part of the divine love making of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Rare Sanskrit Manuscripts to be restored by Cambridge University

2,000 rare Sanskrit manuscripts which belong to Cambridge University Library’s South Asian manuscript collection will be studied individually and digitised and put on the library’s new online service. The Sanskrit manuscripts detailing momentous political and economic events across south Asia are written on fragile birch bark, palm leaf and paper. The Hindu writes
The university said the collection included “the oldest dated and illustrated Sanskrit manuscript known worldwide”.

Dr Vincenzo Vergiani of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, who along with his colleague Dr Eivind Kahrs will study the manuscripts, described them as “an invaluable and untapped source for understanding the pre-colonial past of South Asia, and therefore its present”.

More than half of the library’s collection of south Asian manuscripts was in Sanskrit which dominated the literary culture of pre-modern South Asia for almost three millennia.

“The word Sanskrit means refined or perfected. From a very …

Chatti Amavasya

Chatti Amavasya is the no moon day in Kartik month as per traditional Kannada Calendar followed in Karnataka. The day is also significance to certain Hindu communities in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Chatti Amavasya 2018 date is December 7. The day is of importance to the Vishwakarma Samaj in Karnataka.
A festival dedicated to Hindu God Vishwakarma, the divine architect of the universe, is observed on the day by certain Hindu communities.
Those working in the field of carpentry, masonry and making a living with tools and machines observe the day.
Special rituals and puja are held at the famous ShriKalikaDeviTemple at Sirsangi near Belgaum in Karnataka.