INTERACTION WITH MYTHOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY…..

Elephanta caves had been introduced in my wish list since the day I gathered a bit of it in my school course books.There had always been an itch to know more about it. Basically, the name itself is more captivating and being a kid the childish imaginations were more adventurous. Years passed but it was still in my imaginations. But when I finally shifted to Mumbai I can’t hold my excitement to visit this heritage.

It was an almost two-hour journey through the deep waters of Arabian sea. But upon reaching the entrance, I was astonished to see the massive structures. The splendid rock-cut architecture of the caves whose creator and origin is still unknown and a subject of mystery definitely deserves all the admiration and attention. Although these are said to be caves but to me, it seemed adobe of lord Shiva. This adobe houses various statues of lord Shiva which depict several significant instances from Indian mythology and Scriptures. Although most of these statues had been damaged several centuries ago but it’s not easy to destroy the admiration of the travelers who still find it more impressive, massive and subjective. Several legends and archaeological facts are linked regarding the originator and as well as the origin of these huge caves, residing sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist sect. Well, it could ever be revealed or not we can’t say but whoever has created it several centuries ago  has indeed built a masterpiece.

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LORD SHIVA IN MEDITATION – ” YOGISHVARA”
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LORD AS SLAYER OF NEGATIVITY
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NATARAJA – THE COSMIC DANCER
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“YOGISHVARA” DOING PENANCE
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LORD AT HIS ADOBE “MT. KAILASH” WITH HIS DEVOTEE ” RAVANA” SHAKING THE MOUNTAIN TO TAKE  HIS LORD WITH HIM
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LORD SHIVA AND HIS CONSORT GODDESS “PARVATI”
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LORD IN THE FORM OF “ARDHANARISHVARA”
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“TRIMURTI”  ( TRINITY OF LORD BRAHMA, VISHNU AND MAHESH )

BOOKS & READING- PRICELESS TREASURE

“There is no friend as loyal as a book” – Ernest Hemingway.
Recently on my birthday, I was gifted with books and it feels special and privileged when people find you worthy of this. I don’t clearly remember when I developed the habit of reading but I seriously enjoy the world of books and find myself blessed that god gifted me with this trait. I personally believe that once we enter into the beautiful world of stories either fiction or non-fiction and get attached to it, then we are living in a different world. It’s the world which author has created and it’s not easy to come out of it until or unless we find the next one in our hand. We feel the happiness and pain in words of the writer. We create those faces in our own imagination and reading seems like travelling with them in their world. It is well said that “A Reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.”
I just wish the magic of books and spirit of reading remain alive in me forever that will always keep the zest for life unbeatable.