Friday, February 23, 2007

...and Shiva watched from lofty heights.

The beautiful image created in the serial electric light is a specialty from South India. This was more than 50 foot high and was specially brought over from Chennai in parts. Most of the times when a function that happens in South India, the artisans create various images of Idols in the serial small bulbs of different colors to create an impressive effect in the dark of the night. This particular image is called the Ardha Narishwar, where the lord Shiva is shown as both male and female combination of Shiva and Shakti. This is also very closely related to the Tantra Yoga where it is assumed that the mating of Shiva and Shakti provides the ground for enlightenment. The base chakra at the lower portion of the spine (Shakti) when rises up to meet Shiva (the crown chakra) at the top of our head, one realizes the most profound sensation of the enlightenment. This image stood over all the functions in the consecration of the Shiva Temple watching over all the ceremony with His benign eyes.

Om Namah Shivaya


Blogger Swahilya said...

It is interesting that the simple people of Chennai are able to come up with such interesting and impressive work with serial lights! I for one have always admired these giant images of Shiva and Parvathy, Shakthi and Ganesha that are erected this way!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Virtual said...

I know Swahilya.... and it was interesting to see the awe on the faces of simple village folks in remote village in Bihar...

Om Namah Shivaya

7:47 PM  

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