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

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