A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 15

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 51 (5), May 2020, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 14 When Young India Awakes CHAPTER XIV – Continued Yuvaan was now really looking forward to being at the Somnāth temple at Prabhas Patan.  He had just received a... Continue Reading →

Bhoga Nandishwara Temple – A Celebration of Life – Part 1 (Video)

Photos and video by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo Mehra Situated in the beautiful Nandi village at the foothills of the Nandi Hills, about 60 kms from Bengaluru, Bhoga Nandishwara temple presents a unique synthesis of architectural influences from several dynasties who ruled the area from 9th century onward. The temple's deeper significance exists in... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 13b

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 51 (2 & 3), February-March 2020, pp. 16-21 CONTINUED FROM Part 13a (The February-March 2020 issue was a double issue, so Yuvaan’s story also ran longer than earlier issues. The whole story published in Feb-March 2020 issue is... Continue Reading →

Chikka Mahakuteshwara Temple, Mahakuta (with photos and a few short videos)

Photos and videos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra After experiencing the splendour of the magnificent rock cut cave-temples at Badami, before heading back to Hampi, we stopped at Mahakuta group of temples. Chikka Mahakuteshwara Temple complex or Mahakuta temple as it is known in short, is a group of living temples,... Continue Reading →

Excerpts from ‘Abhyuday, a Ram-Kathā for Modern Times’

On the auspicious occasion of Ramnavami... With increasing rationalism in the humanity we not only witness greater disillusionment and confusion as to what is Good, Right, and Dharmic, but also about what is Evil, False and Adharmic. On one extreme we see a postmodernistic moral-ethical relativism which eventually leads one down the path of nihilism where nothing really matters... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 6

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 5 After visiting the Pāpanātha temple we headed back to the main temple complex. The sun was setting now, it was the golden hour, the banyan tree on the bank of river Malaprabha seemed to glow with a natural golden hue. A... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 5

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 4 "Man's seeking after beauty reaches its most intense and satisfying expression in the great creative arts, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, but in its full extension there is no activity of his nature or his life from which it need or ought... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 4

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 3 "To use the terms of Indian philosophy, most art expresses the play of Prakriti; Buddhistic art in its most characteristic creations expresses the absolute repose of the Purusha; Hindu art tends to combine the Purusha and Prakriti in one image." (Sri... Continue Reading →

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 →

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