In response of weekly photo challenge : Transient, one set of Sunset photographs taken by me at Mount Abu, India, is shared with you! Hope you will like it.
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During our recent Kerala tour, we made a programm to witness Kathakali. Accordingly the tour operator one evening, took us to a dance performance at Kathakali Centre, Kumily, Thakkady, Kerala.
Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical Indian dance. It is another “story play” genre of art, but one distinguished by its elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face masks wearing actor-dancers, who have traditionally been all males. Kathakali primarily developed as a Hindu performance art in the southwestern region of India, Kerala.
Kathakali originated around the 17th century, but its roots are in temple and folk arts and religious drama of southwestern Indian peninsula. A Kathakali performance, like all classical dance arts of India, includes music, vocal performers, hand and facial gestures to express ideas, and footwork.Kathakali is also different in that the structure and details of its art developed in the courts and theatres of Hindu principalities, unlike other classical Indian dances which primarily developed in Hindu Temples.
The traditional themes of the Kathakali are folk mythologies, religious legends and spiritual ideas from the Hindu epics and the Puranas. The vocal performance has traditionally been Sanskritised Malayalam. In modern compositions, Indian Kathakali troupes have included women artists. Click here to enjoy the dance video
In response to this week’s photo challenge theme Morning, this is my submission. This shot was taken somewhere in Rajasthan on the way to Jodhpur in the early morning when the eastern sky was getting ready for the sunrise.
The Basilica of the Holy Rosary commonly known as Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian Churches in India, situated in a small town “Bandel”, in Hoogly district of West Bengal. Now, Bandel is a suburban town of Calcutta which is well connected by local as well as Express train services from Howrah. It takes about one hour by local train.
This church stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Founded in 1599, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It also serves as a Parish Church, ( means, in rural areas, the parish church may play a significant role in community activities, often allowing its premises to be used for non-religious community events.) It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal as well as in India.
Around the middle of the 16th century, the Portuguese began using Bandel as a port. During or around 1571, they were given permission by Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, to build a town in Hoogly. As they began settling around the area, their Priests began to baptise the natives – and by 1598, Catholics in Hooghly numbered around five thousand, including natives and mixed races.
In 1579, the Portuguese built a port on the banks of the River Hoogly, as well as a Fort. The following year, Captain Pedro Tavares obtained the emperor’s full permission to preach the Catholic faith publicly, and erect churches. Thus this Portuguese memorial was constructed in 1599, after a century of Vasco Da Gama landed in India, in 1498.
This first church was burnt down during the sacking of Hooghly by the Moors in 1632. A newer church, constructed by Gomez de Soto (also spelt John Comes de Soto), was built over the ruin in 1660. The key stone of the older church can still be seen on the eastern gate of the monastery, bearing the date 1599.
On November 25, 1988, Pope John Paul II declared the Bandel Church as a minor Basilica.
Iskcon Temple of Kolkata Centre
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement was founded in 1966 in New York City by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada (Below).
This movement of mercy has spread to all continents of the world. Iskcon has established centers in most countries and important cities. The objective of this organisation is to make Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement available to every town and village. Sri Caitanya, whom devotees recognize as a direct incarnation of Krishna, gave a powerful impetus for a massive bhakti (devotional) movement throughout India.
Kolkata Centre is located at 3C, Albert Road, Minto Park, Kolkata 700017
ISKCON follows the teachings of the Vedas and the Vedic scriptures, including Bhagavad-gita and the Bhagavata Purana; it teaches and practices Vaishnavism, or devotion to God in the supreme personal aspect of Radha Krishna.
ISKCON embraces the chanting of the holy name of Krishna as a primary practice and accepts the concepts of transmigration, karma, vegetarianism (ahimsa), worship of the deity (Shri Vigraha), and the preceptor-disciple (guru-shishya) relationship. Initiated members vow to refrain from gambling, illicit sex, intoxicants (including coffee, tea, and cigarettes), and non vegetarian food.
In this way ISKCON faithfully continues the core traditions of the Hindu faith. ISKCON’s teachings are not limited to any particular historical religion. Vaishnavism inculcates the essential and universal principle of all religion. That principle, called sanatana dharma, denotes the natural and eternal activity of all living beings, loving devotional service to the one Supreme Personality of Godhead.
An wall art image of God Ganesh at Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India (Popular image of God Ganesh is given below)
Ganesh is also goes by the names Ganesha, Ganapati and Vinayaka. He is a popular Hindu God in India. Ganesh is easy to recognize by his elephant head and large tummy. It is believed that Ganesh can bring wealth and prosperity. Ganesh is the God who will help you overcome all road blocks you may encounter and help bring success. Thats why he is known as Siddhidata.
In India Ganesh is worshiped by all, rich and poor. Everyone seems to consider him vitally important. In Thailand Buddhists have equally accepted this god and he has become a part of their rich inheritance.
Business people turn to Ganesh before starting a new enterprise. Ganesh is there to assist in financial matters and make sure the wind of wealth blows in their direction.People moving to new places make sure to have Ganesh with them. Ganesh is the god who helps with new beginnings ensuring success.
The image on the wall of the Palace at Udaipur, Rajasthan is not a surprise because the rulers were all Hindu Kings there. They must be worshiping God Ganesh before heading for fighting their enemies on the warfields or at peace.
Popular image of God Ganesh
The DILWARA TEMPLES of Mount Abu were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD and are world famous for their stunning use of marble. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Some consider them to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The marble temples have an opulent entrance way, the simplicity in architecture reflecting Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills. A high wall shrouds the temple complex.
Although the Jains built some beautiful temples at other places in Rajasthan, some believe that none come close to these in terms of architectural perfection. The ornamental detail spreading over the minutely carved ceilings, doorways, pillars and panels is simply marvelous. Please see the pics in full screen.