Category Archives: Gods

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 These masks are originally made .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 .

Manjushree, The God and The Temples

Manjushree – “God of Divine Wisdom”  whose worship confers mastery of the Dharma, retentive memory, mental perfection, and eloquence. He is one of the forms of Bodhistawas and symbolizes the wisdom. Manjushree is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Kathmandu Valley. According to the tradition, he was a Chinese Saint. His intuition told him of the blue flame (symbolizing Adibuddha or Swayamnhu) on a lotus in the big lake of Nepal. His .

Bajrayogini, The God and The Temple

Bajrayogini is an eldest tantric goddess. The goddesses have three forms. In one form her head is absent and carries it in her hand. In another form, her head is intact. The former form is similar in appearance to the Hindu goddesses Chhinamasta. She is always attended by two yoginis on either side of her. Appearing in yellow color, she carries her own head in her left hand and Katari in her right hand. Stretching the .