Monday, January 15, 2018

Image: Death of Vali



Death of Vali

Tara holds her dying husband while their son Angada holds his feet and Hanuman kneels beside them; Sugriva speaks with Rama and Lakshmana.

(Philadelphia Museum)

More about Angada and his father Vali at Wikipedia.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Image: Churning of the Ocean



Churning of the Ocean
19th century
(Raja Ravi Varma)

You can see a list of the things produced at the churning of the Ocean at Wikipedia: Samudra Manthan.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Image: Ravana



Ravana.
Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
(Wikimedia)

Where is the tenth head? (Ravana traditionally has ten heads and twenty arms.) Well, while Ravana often holds a veena, here the veena is made of a Ravana-head-and-arm, which is a motif you can see elsewhere in Ravana iconography.




Image: Panchakanya



Panchakanya:
Ahalya, Tara, Mandodari, Sita Kunti, Draupadi.

(Raja Ravi Varma)

You can read more about the Panchakanya at Wikipedia.