Viṣṇu

A sculpture of the supreme viṣṇu from 10th century Punjab presently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here viṣṇu is depicted with his chakra (sudarśana), śaṅkha (pāñcajany) and gadā (kaumadaki), with his hand in abhaya mudrā – dispelling all fears. He wears a long garland of flowers and his head is decorated with ornate nimbus having bands of lotus petals, flames, and abstracted triangular floral … Continue reading Viṣṇu

Naga Devata

Naga-s are also considered in Hinduism as deities, not as universal as the gods, but certainly having stupendous occult powers. They were born from the union of Kadrū and Rishi Kashyapa. Of the various Naga-s 12 in particular were feared and revered, and among them Ananta or Śeṣa was the most superlative and the king among Naga-s, being the cushion on which Mahavishnu rests during … Continue reading Naga Devata

Muchalinda and Buddha

Mucalinda, Muchalinda or Mucilinda is the name of a nāga who protected the Sakyamuni from the fury of the elements. When the future #Buddha started meditating under the #Bodhi tree, four weeks before he attained the state of Tathagata, it is said the skies darkened and rain poured for 7 days continuously. That is when Mucalinda came out of the earth and spread his hood … Continue reading Muchalinda and Buddha

Ambubachi

Just like the Kumbha Mela is the great Hindu religious congregation open for all, Ambubachi is regarded as the biggest religious festival for those who have taken to the path of Tantra sadhana. Kamakhya is one of the 4 greatest śakti pīṭha-s in the Indian subcontient of ancient times. By some accounts this is the place where vāmācāra sadhana orginated, not only for Hindus but … Continue reading Ambubachi

Brief Note on Adisesha

A sculpture of Adisesha from the Dasavatara temple in Deoghar, build around 500 CE. The Mahabharata states that unlike his brother Vasuki, and Takshaka, Sesha did not suffer from jealousy and pettiness. Infact, he became so disgusted with his brothers that he left his family and started performing ghora tapashya in places like Gandhamadhana, Badrikashrama, Gokarna, Pushkara and Himalayas – surviving only on air, vayuahari. … Continue reading Brief Note on Adisesha

Manasā

Apart from the more famous #Naga-s there was also #Manasā Devi, the sister of #Vasuki, who was popularly worshiped for protection from snakes and to provide miraclulous cures for snake-bites. The #Mahabharata mentions her as the wife of sage Jagatkāru, and the mother of #Astīka, who was instrumental in stopped the famous #sarpa satra of king Janamejaya organized to finish off all Naga-s, in order … Continue reading Manasā

Kāmākhyā and Tantra

In 1337 Muhammd Shah send 1,00,000 horsemen well equipped to Assam, but the whole Army perished in the land of witchcraft and not a trace of it was left. – A History of Assam by E.A.Gait, quoting Tabaqat-i-Nasiri. For long Assam and the kāmākhyā pitha has been known to outsiders as the place for ‘black magic.’ However, black or white is just a matter of … Continue reading Kāmākhyā and Tantra