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Happy Ganesh Chatrurthi

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

 

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“On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period.
Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha.
Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding.
Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path.
Worship Him at home, too.
You can get the assistance of a pundit.
Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your
house.
Feel His Presence in it.

Don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day; remember that it behaved unbecomingly towards the Lord.
This really means avoid the company of all those who have no faith in God, and who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day.

Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your undertakings.

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all!
May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path!
May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation!”
(Swami Sivananda – Hindu spiritual teacher, 1887 – 1963)

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival.
It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods, barring Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Parvati.
Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.

This picture of Lord Ganesha was shot in a temple of Khajuraho located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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A Work of Women

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by designldg

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“Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a ”work” of man.”
(Mary McCarthy – American novelist,1912-1989)

This picture was shot in the temple complex of Khajuraho which is a village in in the center of India in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture.
Those ladies were bringing back into existence some of the splendor of those temples which was once the original capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries.
The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050.
There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation.
After their abandonment, a number of them survived and were rediscovered during the late 19th century while the jungles had taken a toll on some of the monuments.
Those women asked me to take a few pictures, they were proud and happy that I gave them some time.

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Petal by Petal

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by designldg

“Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose
From out night’s gray and cloudy sheath;
Softly and still it grows and grows,
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.”
(Susan Coolidge – American author, 1835-1905)

This apsara ( celestial nymph) statue was originally carved in one of the Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh before resting at Musée Guimet in Paris.
Mentioned for the first time in the Rig Veda Apsaras find mention in Indian scriptures, epics, Puranas, dramas, poetry and numerous literary works.
As a creation of ancient water cosmology she is described as a exceedingly beautiful and charming person adept in dancing, singing as well as art of seduction and amorous sports.

Plucking her Petals

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by designldg

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This sensuous maiden from Khajuraho was sculpted during the the golden age and is now standing in a room of the Bharat Kala Bhavan, the Art and Archaeological Museum of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi (Benaras).
It is a model of timeless indian beauty.

The Land of Mowgli

Posted in Ethereal Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by designldg

The Land of Mowgli

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“As the moon came up behind the hill it shone through the openwork, casting shadows on the ground like black-velvet embroidery.”
– Rudyard Kipling, “The Jungle Book” (Kaa’s Hunting).

As far as I can remember The Jungle Book must certainly be one of the first book I ever heard about.
It never left me, it’s always in a corner of my mind ready to overpower my dreams.
I took this picture during monsoon in the temple complex of Khajuraho in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
It is surrounded by a dense jungle which inspired Rudyard Kipling and it is not too far from the village where the real Mowgli leaved.
Don’t get amazed when you read this little piece of information, it is even possible to visit his house near Katni where he died when he was very old.

This is indeed the land of Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo and of course the harrowing Sher Khan.

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