The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temples are famous for their nagara style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Historical records note that Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometres. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometres. (more…)
The Tapasvin practises celibacy, refuses to have se with woman and father children. Thus he destroys his family tree voluntary. No other living creature can do this. Plants are bound by nature to bear fruit and seed. Animals are bound by nature to mate. Humans are the only creatures for whom reproduction is a choice. The male gender of Lakulesh is thus indicative of choice. Shiva strings the seeds of rudraksha around his neck, instead of sowing them under the ground. Thus he prevents germination. Chain of rudraksha beads represents celibacy. (more…)
Linga means phallus. Yoni means womb. A Shiva temple, and by extension the whole world, is the yoni of the Goddess.
The ‘swastika’ is potent symbol that has radically different meanings depending upon the mythosphere in which it is viewed. It might suprice you, but the world’s oldest symbol of swastika was found in Mezine, in Ukraine and being dated as early as about 10.000 BC! In Asia, the swastika symbol first appears in the archaeological record around 3.000 BC in the Indus Valley Civilization. (more…)
THE POINT OF SHIVA & SHAKTI – The Soul
The dot represents the soul, the formless divine within us. Without the point no circle (symbol of universe) can not be drawn and no square (symbol of culture) constructed. Just as the existence of the circle presupposes the existence of the central point, the existence of the world presupposes the existence of a witness of the world – the soul (‘Atma’). (more…)