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Ganesha In Tantrism – Tantra Ganapati

Ganesha is an important deity in Tantrism. Ganapati is worshipped by Tantrics according to their left handed rituals, Vamachara. Information about Tantra Ganapati is found in Kularnava Tantra and Mahanirvana Tantra. In Kularnava Tantra, Ganesha is called Gajamukha. The Mahanirvana Tantra says that Ganesha should be meditated upon as one having red complexion, three eyes, and crescent of moon on the head and pot of honey in his trunk. He has four hands, one in abhaya-hasta-mudra and in other three he is holding conch, noose and hook. Left-handed shaktas (vamacharis) have given more importance to Ganapati than Shiva-Parvati. Lakshmi is the Shakti or consort of Tantra Ganesha. There are five forms of Shakta or Tantra Ganesha. They are Ucchista Ganpati, Urdhva Ganpati, Pingal Ganpati, Maha Ganpati and Lakshmi Ganpati. Navanita Ganpati, Santan Ganpati, Swarna Ganapathi and Haridra Ganpati are mentioned in some Tantric texts. In Shankara Digvijaya of Anandatirth

Lekhana Sundari Sculpture – Proof Of Women Education In Ancient India

Lekhana Sundari sculpture belonging to the 10 th century AD is a classic proof of women education in ancient India. The tradition of women education in Sanatana Dharma goes back to the Vedic age. Lekhana Sundari sculpture is part of the Ishwara temple at Jalasangvi or Jalasangi, in Bidar District in Karnataka. It is an important place of Kalyan Chalukya art and architecture. The Jalasangvi Ishwara temple (1110 AD) was built during the reign of Vikramaditya VI (1076 - 1226 AD). Lekhana Sundari sculpture is depicted as writing on a slate-like. It has been composed in a vertical space of the wall. Lekhana Sundari holds a slate-like rectangular object, which represents the Burjwa Patra, a leaf used for writing. It is beautifully rendered and there is a stick-like hand grip. She holds it in her left hand tilts her face up and writes on it with a pen. The artist has carved the sculpture with such grace and details. The standing posture, bodily flexion and stance of the

Madhava Kandali – Author Of Assamese Valmiki Ramayana

Madhava Kandali is the author of the Assamese version of the Valmiki Ramayana. Madhava Kandali was patronized by the Barahi king Mahamanikya of Jayantapura. The poet was regarded as a powerful and sensitive poet and for this reason he was known as Kaviraja Kandali, the king of poets.. Among the translations of Valmiki’s Ramayana, the Assamese version of   Madhava Kandali was the earliest – 14th century AD. The Ramayana of Krittivasa was composed in the 15th century AD, while Ramacharitamanasa by Tulsidas was composed in the 16th century AD. The translations of Madhava Kandali are written in graceful Assamese verse, without deviating from the original, however adding local flavor with commendable ability. …the Madhava Kandali version of Ramayana undergoes almost a generic transformation. An idyllic beauty replaces the heroic tone of the original. Where there was martial atmosphere and heroism, we now have the charm of the sweet domestic life of an ideal father, mother, so

Subramania Bharati Quotes

A collection of quotes of Subramania Bharati Let us dream of a service so pure, so vast, so daring that in all our life, from the first moment to the last, there shall not be found a single thread of self ! In every question that comes before you, make it your rule to assume that India has the essential. She has only to learn how to use it. She has unity, must organize and direct it. Has passionate love of country, must avail herself of it. Has abundance of democratic sense and method, must discover how to make use of it. (November 1907 Bala Bharata) Nivedita, Mother, You, temple consecrated to love, You, Sun dispelling my Soul’s darkness, You, rain to the parched land of our lives, You, helper of the helpless and lost, You, offering to grace, You, divine spark of Truth, My salutations to thee. (Swadesha Gitangal) ….. But Mother, know you not your child? Can the mother sleep when the child awakes her? Is the mother’s heart unmoved by the cries