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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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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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The Gateway to Farrukhnagar by Anoop Negi

Farrukhnagar is a small town in the inner morbidity of Haryana. Well in the middle of nowhere, really.

It is a dusty town in the backyard of Delhi. Quaint would describe this place beautifully. Grunge, filth and decrepitude has taken over the walls and streets and no photograph canmake it look beautiful if it is not.

The township houses a few monuments of some vintage, none better than the Sheesh Mahal that belonged to the erstwhile Nawab whose fiefdom this was. There are no Nawabs anymore, the British Raj promptly got rid of the last one from Farrukhnagar on some convenient excuse of sabotage to hang him in Delhi. That was much before India was given its independence in 1947.

The Nawabs must have done a mighty fine job of the town and pictured here is the bastion and the gateway to the older part of the town. The bastion is crumbling as you can see with the plaster all but gone from the bottom girdle. The ever present advent of petty commerce at every nook and corner has taken its toll of the view and a tomato seller vies with an ugly water booth to obscure the gateway.

The situation is much the same inside the actual bastion with hawkers aggrandizing parts of it for their wares.

This town was important a long time ago. It was the centre of salt trade and famous for "sultanpur "salt which was extracted from saline wells. That also was shut down as Rajasthan open pan salt took over the entire North Indian plains.

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