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Vishnu Steps Out to Take the Cosmos in a Stride ( or more) by Anoop Negi

Badami – Vishnu takes large steps to stride over the universe

This is a sculpted panel from Badami caves.

Cave 3 is supposed to have been made in the 6th century and is dedicated to various incarnations of Vishnu, the Hindu God.

The facade of the cave is about 70 feet and it is one of the most intricately and aesthetically sculpted by the artists. Vishnu appears as Trivikarma in the famous tale where he traverses the universe in giant steps to mark the realms of what he could take from Bali, another demon King who had become way too powerful. He is seen here striding forth with his left leg. The frieze also shows the various stages of the fable.

First, at the bottom of the main panel, Vishnu disguised as Vamana ( a dwarf) visits the demon King Bali and is offered land equal to three steps that the dwarf can take. Vishnu then takes two steps to stride over the whole universe and since there is no place to put the third step, he puts it on the forehead of King Bali and puts him into the deep recesses of ambiguity of hell.

The sculpture seems to have been damaged recently as the figurine under the umbrella does not exist any more. The king and his courtiers are shown standing.

You see the demon king upside down near the striding feet of Lord Vishnu and as a part of the final story you see the king holding on to the right leg of Vishnu in surrender.

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via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/26aR8h1

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Vishnu Steps Out to Take the Cosmos in a Stride ( or more) by Anoop Negi

Badami – Vishnu takes large steps to stride over the universe

This is a sculpted panel from Badami caves.

Cave 3 is supposed to have been made in the 6th century and is dedicated to various incarnations of Vishnu, the Hindu God.

The facade of the cave is about 70 feet and it is one of the most intricately and aesthetically sculpted by the artists. Vishnu appears as Trivikarma in the famous tale where he traverses the universe in giant steps to mark the realms of what he could take from Bali, another demon King who had become way too powerful. He is seen here striding forth with his left leg. The frieze also shows the various stages of the fable.

First, at the bottom of the main panel, Vishnu disguised as Vamana ( a dwarf) visits the demon King Bali and is offered land equal to three steps that the dwarf can take. Vishnu then takes two steps to stride over the whole universe and since there is no place to put the third step, he puts it on the forehead of King Bali and puts him into the deep recesses of ambiguity of hell.

The sculpture seems to have been damaged recently as the figurine under the umbrella does not exist any more. The king and his courtiers are shown standing.

You see the demon king upside down near the striding feet of Lord Vishnu and as a part of the final story you see the king holding on to the right leg of Vishnu in surrender.

_DSC5619 jpeg

via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/26aR8h1

Vishnu Steps Out to Take the Cosmos in a Stride ( or more) by Anoop Negi

Badami – Vishnu takes large steps to stride over the universe

This is a sculpted panel from Badami caves.

Cave 3 is supposed to have been made in the 6th century and is dedicated to various incarnations of Vishnu, the Hindu God.

The facade of the cave is about 70 feet and it is one of the most intricately and aesthetically sculpted by the artists. Vishnu appears as Trivikarma in the famous tale where he traverses the universe in giant steps to mark the realms of what he could take from Bali, another demon King who had become way too powerful. He is seen here striding forth with his left leg. The frieze also shows the various stages of the fable.

First, at the bottom of the main panel, Vishnu disguised as Vamana ( a dwarf) visits the demon King Bali and is offered land equal to three steps that the dwarf can take. Vishnu then takes two steps to stride over the whole universe and since there is no place to put the third step, he puts it on the forehead of King Bali and puts him into the deep recesses of ambiguity of hell.

The sculpture seems to have been damaged recently as the figurine under the umbrella does not exist any more. The king and his courtiers are shown standing.

You see the demon king upside down near the striding feet of Lord Vishnu and as a part of the final story you see the king holding on to the right leg of Vishnu in surrender.

_DSC5619 jpeg

via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/26aR8h1

Vishnu Steps Out to Take the Cosmos in a Stride ( or more) by Anoop Negi

Badami – Vishnu takes large steps to stride over the universe

This is a sculpted panel from Badami caves.

Cave 3 is supposed to have been made in the 6th century and is dedicated to various incarnations of Vishnu, the Hindu God.

The facade of the cave is about 70 feet and it is one of the most intricately and aesthetically sculpted by the artists. Vishnu appears as Trivikarma in the famous tale where he traverses the universe in giant steps to mark the realms of what he could take from Bali, another demon King who had become way too powerful. He is seen here striding forth with his left leg. The frieze also shows the various stages of the fable.

First, at the bottom of the main panel, Vishnu disguised as Vamana ( a dwarf) visits the demon King Bali and is offered land equal to three steps that the dwarf can take. Vishnu then takes two steps to stride over the whole universe and since there is no place to put the third step, he puts it on the forehead of King Bali and puts him into the deep recesses of ambiguity of hell.

The sculpture seems to have been damaged recently as the figurine under the umbrella does not exist any more. The king and his courtiers are shown standing.

You see the demon king upside down near the striding feet of Lord Vishnu and as a part of the final story you see the king holding on to the right leg of Vishnu in surrender.

_DSC5619 jpeg

via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/26aR8h1

Vishnu Steps Out to Take the Cosmos in a Stride ( or more) by Anoop Negi

Badami – Vishnu takes large steps to stride over the universe

This is a sculpted panel from Badami caves.

Cave 3 is supposed to have been made in the 6th century and is dedicated to various incarnations of Vishnu, the Hindu God.

The facade of the cave is about 70 feet and it is one of the most intricately and aesthetically sculpted by the artists. Vishnu appears as Trivikarma in the famous tale where he traverses the universe in giant steps to mark the realms of what he could take from Bali, another demon King who had become way too powerful. He is seen here striding forth with his left leg. The frieze also shows the various stages of the fable.

First, at the bottom of the main panel, Vishnu disguised as Vamana ( a dwarf) visits the demon King Bali and is offered land equal to three steps that the dwarf can take. Vishnu then takes two steps to stride over the whole universe and since there is no place to put the third step, he puts it on the forehead of King Bali and puts him into the deep recesses of ambiguity of hell.

The sculpture seems to have been damaged recently as the figurine under the umbrella does not exist any more. The king and his courtiers are shown standing.

You see the demon king upside down near the striding feet of Lord Vishnu and as a part of the final story you see the king holding on to the right leg of Vishnu in surrender.

_DSC5619 jpeg

via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/26aR8h1

At the Temple Pond of Bhoga Nandeeshwara, of which you may not have heard much.. by Anoop Negi

Most temples in South India and I guess elsewhere in India have a sacred water pond where ritual cleansing for the devotees or the priests or the deity itself would take place.

Some lying at higher elevations would be the alleged source of rivers and have some mythical tales of epic Hindu deities etc. figuring prominently in some fable or the other.

The "Shringi Theertha" – the temple pond is large and has steps on all four sides. The Bhoginandishwara temple is situated not too far from Bangalore and it was initially built in the 9th century AD.

This pond as per popular legend is supposed to be the source of the South Pennar river and was made when the divine bull Nandi plunged his horn into the earth here.

The day I was there, not too many seekers of divine bliss and fertility were to be found at the temple complex. In the pond area a mother from Andhra Pradesh was bathing her daughter in the holy water after getting her hair shaved off as a part of routine Hindu tradition.

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A Gujjar Family at Jamunda between Narkanda and Hatu by Anoop Negi

Narkanda is located on the old Tibet Road before it used to climb up to Thanedhar. . The circuit house is beautifully maintained and located on a hill top away from the road now called NH22.

Hatu Peak is the highest point and you can drive up the narrow 7kms long road. The peak has a temple in the making and the statue is yet to be installed.
The top has a small hut in white and another larger room maintined by the PWD and the HPTDC respectively.

In the middle of the narrow 7 kms long road is a large oblong mud hut that houses a Gujjar family comprising of Mohammed Kasim, his wife, brother and mother and lots of milch cattle.

This place is caled Jamunda.

I spoke to him about the economics of the nomad cattle industry and we exchanged notes on cheese making. He prefers to use Tartaric Acid to curdle the milk,- surely fast and easy way. I guess Rennet will be making its appearance pretty soon in the Gujjar world.

How long the nomadic activity of the Gujjars continue? I seriously doubt the economic well being of this way of life and I think that it may soon vanish.

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