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Book – Sri Soundaryalahari and Anandalahari in Visuals

Soundaryalahari and Anandalahari of Adi Shankaracharya are two brilliant expositions on Vedanta. In the book titled ‘Sri Soundaryalahari – 1 and Anandalahari,’ Hunasagahalli Jayadeva has brought these shlokas to life by creating 41 paintings. The book also contains trilingual translation of each shloka. The Hindu writes  “My father was a philosopher and teacher and my childhood was filled with discussions on philosophy, from the life of Adi Shankara to the Upanishads. So when I realised I could paint, I though why not make visuals on these thoughts,” says Jayadeva, a retired art teacher. He has previously painted on sections of the Upanishads, recently exhibited at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. “The Anandalahari talks about self-realisation through the yogic chakras, in order to realise universal parenthood,” says Jayadeva.  And the universal parenthood, as he shows in the painting of the first shloka, is the union of Shiva and Shakti, primordial cosmic energies that are