Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 3

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 2 "The further you go back in time the greater the grandeur you meet in the conception. The nearer you come to our time the more the art becomes great in detail. Even up to the time of the Delvada Temples something... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 2

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 1 “The temple means religious feeling, worship, adoration, consecration.”(Sri Aurobindo, CWSA 30:181) Virupaksha Temple - Meeting the Gods on the Outside Walls We are still outside the Virupaksha temple, also known as Lokeswara Mahasila Prasada named after Lokamahadevi, the queen who commissioned... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 1

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra “…everyone who has at all the Indian spirit and feeling, can at least give some account of the main, the central things which constitute for him the appeal of Indian painting, sculpture and architecture.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, 20: 261) Pattadakal Temple Complex After Aihole and... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 11

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (12), December 2019, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 10 When Young India Awakes CHAPTER X – continued “A day may come, must surely come, we will say, when humanity will be ready spiritually, morally, socially for the... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 10

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (11), November 2019, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 9 When Young India Awakes CHAPTER IX - continued Yuvaan and Rishi had been chatting about this and that for more than an hour when Rishi’s host, one middle-aged... Continue Reading →

‘The New Creator’

An offering for August 15, 2020 The Divine is what you adore in Sri Aurobindo.(The Mother, CWM 13: 27) Of the significance of his date of birth, Sri Aurobindo himself spoke thus: "August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 9

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (10), October 2019, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 8b When Young India Awakes CHAPTER VIII – continued Yuvaan spent the morning hours arranging for the taxi which would take his mother and her friend back to Delhi,... Continue Reading →

Devaki and Krishna in Goa

The Avatar "The crisis in which the Avatar appears, though apparent to the outward eye only as a crisis of events and great material changes, is always in its source and real meaning a crisis in the consciousness of humanity when it has to undergo some grand modification and effect some new development. For this... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 1

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra   After Aihole (see three parts - 1, 2, 3), we now travel to Badami for a completely different aesthetic experience.  Badami was the capital of the early Chalukyas who ruled much of Karnataka during the 6th to 8th centuries. Situated on the banks of... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 8b

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (8-9), August-September 2019, pp. 16-19 CONTINUED FROM Part 8a (The August-September issue of Sri Aurobindo's Action journal is a double issue. For the ease of online reading, the full Chapter VII published in the print-version is reproduced... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 8a

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (8-9), August-September 2019, pp. 16-19 CONTINUED FROM Part 7 (The August-September issue of Sri Aurobindo's Action journal is a double issue. For the ease of online reading, the full Chapter VII published in the print-version is reproduced... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Aihole 3

Continued from Part 2 Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra After Pulakeshin I established the Chalukya kingdom making Badami its capital in 543 CE, a great phase of experimentation and innovation in temple architecture began in the southern region of Karnataka. In parts 1 and 2 we explored various temples at... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Aihole 2

Continued from Part 1 Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra "...everyone who has at all the Indian spirit and feeling, can at least give some account of the main, the central things which constitute for him the appeal of Indian painting, sculpture and architecture." (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA 20: 261) Aihole, a... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Aihole 1

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Aihole, also known as Aivalli, Ahivolal, Ilavalapura or Aryapura, is a sleepy village about 140 km from Hampi, or about 450 km from Bangalore. The story goes that after killing the decadent Kshatriyas who had been abusing their power, Lord Parasurama, the sixth avatār of... Continue Reading →

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