Goddess Durga

Durga is the original manifested form of Mother Parvati or Adi-Parashakti. The meaning of Durga is  “the inaccessible” or “the invincible”, is the most popular incarnation of Devi and one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti in the Hindu pantheon. Parvati took the form of Durga to kill the demon Durgamasur. Goddess Durga and festivals In Nepal, Goddess Durga is worshiped during Dashain festival. Durga is worshipped in ten forms with one form for each day in Nepal and celebrated across .

Chinnamasta Shivashakti

Chinnamasta is the Hindu Goddess of transformation. She is one of the Mahavidyas, the wisdom Goddesses, and is probably the most terrifying of them. She is depicted holding her own head, which she has just cut off. Origin Stories of her origin vary, but one relates that Parvati was bathing with two attendants, Jaya and Vijaya when the attendants asked the Goddess to satisfy their hunger. After putting them off several times, Parvati looked .

The divine living goddess in Nepal – Kumari

Nepal is a land of real divinity. Nepal is the land of living goddesses known as Kumari. The practice Kumari dates back to centuries, probably from the Malla Kingdom. The spirit of goddesses Taleju Vawani has been residing in form of pre-pubescent virgin girls. Kumari – A brief introduction Kumari is derived from the Sanskrit word Kaumarya which means princess. Kumari is worshipped both by Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Most of the traditional kumari .

Himalayan Masks From The Land Of Mountain

Himalayan masks are used in Hinduism, Buddhism, by the tribal group of Mountain and Himalayan Region of Nepal. Masks are generally used for reaching the altered state of the consciousness called Shamanism and for exorcism practice. These handcrafted masks represent the unique culture and traditions of the people residing in the Himalayan people. Walking along the Art Galleries around Thamel, Kathmandu, one can find the wide variety of the Himalayan masks. These masks are originally made .

What Tattoo Artists say about Tibetan Thangka Art?

The art of Thangka painting and the tattoo seems to be parallel. As a thangka painting tells a thousand-year-old story, so does the tattoo. Both have pretty artistic expression. These days most of the tattoo artists have been referring Thangka paintings to make tattoos so that they might give some life lessons to the viewers. Here’s an article by Heidi Minx that portrays the connection between Thangka and tattoo, and what other young artists have to say .

Situation of Temples After Earthquake

The earthquake of April 25, 2015, did not only harm the lives of Nepalese people but also did a serious damage to the historical and the religious monuments. It has already been more than two years but many temples are not still renovated. There is a number of donations coming from national and international level still temples are not repaired. Let’s have a glimpse of temples destructed during the devastating earthquake and their condition .

DHANUSA | BOW

Dhanusha also called Pinaka or Shiva Dhanush is the bow of Lord Shiva. It is generally carried in the left hand. Lord Shiva uses Dhanusha for the destruction of the “Pralaya.” There is an epic story behind the Dhanusa. As mentioned in Ramayana, Lord Vishwakarma (The principal architect of the universe) crafted two divine Dhanush. The first one was named “Sharanga” and was given to  Lord Vishnu. The second one was named “Pinaka” and .

Dhyani Buddhas | Pancha Buddhas

Dhyani Buddhas are believed to have taken birth after Adibuddha. There are five Dhyani Buddhas namely,  Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Amogasiddhi. The word Dhyani is originated from the Sanskrit root word Dhyana, meaning meditation. They are not separate figures like Gautam Buddha, or other gods but are derived from the Sanskrit dhyana, meaning “meditation.” The Dhyani Buddhas are also called Jinas (“Victors” or “Conquerors”). They are not historical figures, like Gautama Buddha, but abstract figures that symbolizes .

Yamantaka, The Conqueror Of Death

Yamantaka, the conqueror of the Death is the ferocious emanation of Manjushree. Yamantaka is derived from Yama and anataka. Yama meaning “Death” and antaka meaning “The one who puts an end to.” Yamantaka has very dreadful form and has Manjushree is his heart. Therefore, has a very peaceful, calm, and the wide understanding of reality. Among various appearances, the simplest form of Yamantaka has one bullhead and two arms. He sees the reality of .

Saraswati, The Goddesses and Her Significance

Saraswati is the goddesses of knowledge and the wisdom. She is also the goddesses of music and the poetry. She is believed to be the consort of the Lord Brahma. Considered as the mother of Sanskrit language she is identified in different forms, Bharati (eloquence), Shatarupa (existence), Vedamata (mother of the Vedas), Brahmi, Sarada, Vagisvari, and Putkari. Saraswati first appeared in the Rigveda and, in later religious texts. Goddesses of Wisdom Sanskrit word Sara means ‘essence’ and .