Icons depicting Shiva as the Lord of Dance (Nataraja) seem to have originated in the North in Gupta times, and developed in the South under the post-Gupta Vishnukundin dynasty early in the seventh century.
The Skanda Purana, one of the 18 Puranas paints a word picture for the devotee and the seeker – of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. As a part of the Hindu marriage ceremony, Lord Shiva was asked to name his lineage.
The embodiment of sacrifice and the savior of Earth, Vishnu’s third avatar, Varaha, is presented in a highly charged form in this ‘panchaloha’ bronze sculptural image, along with his consort Varahi, or the Earth goddess Bhudevi.
Nataraja, Lord of the Dance, who sweeps away ignorance and illusion, is the Hindu god, Shiva, in his form as the cosmic dancer. He is also known as Brahman, the ‘supreme universal consciousness, and as the ‘auspicious one’.
Garuda ‘the devourer’ is the mythical ‘Lord of birds’ in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In the Hindu Puranic legends, Garuda is the son of Kashyapa and Vinata. He is said to have emerged, fully grown, from an egg, after incubating for five hundred years.
Lord Krishna is the god of compassion, love, and tenderness and is revered as one of the prominent avatars of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism. Krishna is interpreted as ‘all-attractive’, as the aura of his charm and purity captivates the eyes of the viewer.
Lord Gautama Buddha is believed to be the sole founder of Buddhism and his teachings are entirely concerned with defining a path free of worldly pleasures and liberating sentient beings from suffering.
Much has been written about Ganesha. As Hindu dharma’s most adorable boy-deity, He has inspired countless artisans and painters, and poets across the subcontinent since time immemorial; and how could He not?