A Mandala is a Cosmic Diagram that is Symbolic of the Universe

A mandala is a ritual diagram that serves as an object of meditation in Tantra and Vajrayana Buddhism. It is symbolic of the universe. Around the eleventh century, mandala meditation was initiated in Tibet from India and even today, lamas pass on their knowledge to initiates in the same way. Mandalas are fabricated at the […]

The Tallest Free-standing Stone Sculpture of Gommateshwara in Shravanabelagola

The statue of Gommateshvara at Shravanabelagola, the tallest free standing stone sculpture in the world has given a unique and international cultural status to Karnataka. Shravanabelagola is the most sacred religious centre of the Jains. It has a hoary antiquity dating back to the third century B.C., when Bhadrabahu along with the Maurya king Chandragupta […]

Of Nagas and Naginis: Serpent Figures in Hinduism and Buddhism

Nagas and the feminine Naginis are serpent figures who play a role in the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. The source of the Nagas may possibly be attributed to the pre-Aryan fertility cults of ancient India. In the Hindu mythology, the nagas reside within the earth in an aquatic underworld. They are embodiments of terrestrial waters […]