“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~ Aristotle
Lord Shiva is one of the most peculiar God of the Indian Philosophy. He is a Destroyer and a transformer, a Passionate lover, a Ferocious warrior, the Lord of the Cosmic Dance and the very personification of the dynamism of our universe!
At the same time, Shiva is also regarded as formless, limitless and unchanging absolute Brahman (Ultimate Reality) and the primal Atman (soul, self) of the universe. Shiva is the name given to consciousness that dwells in us all, our true identity, our soul!
What a day it was! Along with my regular job as a Researcher and a Content Writer, I do teach History to 12th Std students at an arts academy. And today we visited Kanheri caves as a field trip. Here’s a little something about Kanheri:
“Civilisations aren’t remembered by their business people, Bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by their art.” – Eli Broad.
And where’s the best place to obverse these arts than at a museum! Museums, a place where the dead comes to life, are repositories of artistic, cultural, tangible and intangible heritage of a country. India being a country of much celebrated history and past, has innumerable artefacts of beauty and importance and hence has a lot of museums too.
I never get tired of talking about the Indian culture and heritage. And this weeks’ photo challenge has given me yet another reason to flaunt about this wonderful country. There are so many Indian things that resonate with the word Heritage. I had a difficult time choosing from loads of images of different food items, monuments, dresses and so much more.
India, a spiritual hub of the world since ancient times, is loosing touch with its deeply rooted philosophical and religious traditions. A country whose religion and philosophy evolved as an enquiry into the mysteries that lay beyond life and death, is quickly descending into the abyss of materialistic superstitions.
Indian Miniature Paintings
Indian miniature painting started off as an illustration of sacred texts written on long narrow strips of palm leaves bound together in form of bundle. Due to size of the palm leaf that was usually one foot long and less than 3 inches wide, the area available for painting the illustrations was limited. The illustrations therefore are miniature in size and hence came to be known as “Miniature Painting”. These manuscripts were meant to be held in one’s hands and viewed from a close distance.
Most popular gold coins of world, the Venetian Ducats, are also found in India! Let’s trace their journey into India, imitations and their use in jewelry!