The Speech of Angels

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”
(Thomas Carlyle – Scottish writer & historian, 1795-1881)

In Varanasi (Benaras) there is a temple between Scindia ghat and Manikarnika ghat which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
This temple doesn’t look like any other in the city because of its amazing sculptures with angels which are all around the shrine.
Those angels are musicians and they all play a different instrument.
Each time I come, there is no one, then I am alone in this dreamy atmosphere.
I know it is a kind of gate to after death as just nearby funeral pyres burn day and night at the cremation ghat which is underneath.
However this is not the reason why there are angels here.
Hinduism has many different types of spiritual beings who act in a similar capacity to Judeo-Christian-Islamic equivalent Angels, like devas, however they normally don’t have the same iconography.
The wings that virtually always adorn angels are not a necessary part of their anatomy.
Therefore I wonder why do I see those winged figures here and why do they also appear sometimes on the top of doors in the old Kashi.

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