Srinivas Sistla

The Navagunjara motif of Odisha

The Sarala Mahabharata narrates many myths, including that of Navagunjara, which were not present in the original Sanskrit version by Vyasa Muni.

16 Feb 2022

Ekapada, The Single-footed Divinity

In many temples in Odisha, north-coastal Andhra and Tamil Nadu, and also in Nepal, various images of Ekapada Siva have been placed in one of the external niches of the central shrine

28 Jan 2022

The killing of Jatayu by Ravana in paintings

In the Thiruvananthapuram work, Ravana slashes, with a sword in his right hand, one wing of Jatayu, while the bird is attacking him from his right side.

13 Jan 2022

Aliya Rama Raya, a patron of art and literature

After the restoration, according to the grant, Aliya Rama Raja had constructed a mantapa (pillared pavilion) in the temple.

13 Dec 2021

The earliest rock-cut monuments in India

All the caves of the Barabar and Nagarjuni hills were donated as dwellings to Ajivika ascetics. It was an ancient Indian religion that however completely vanished after the 14th century.

30 Nov 2021

Kanhadasa’s Yaksha of Pitalkhora - Kubera

A unique exception to this common phenomena of the artist unknown is the so-called ‘Yaksha from Pitalkhora’, now in New Delhi’s National Museum.

13 Nov 2021

Rare portrayal of Ravana's funeral in Andhra art

According to scholars, Indian dramaturgy prohibits enacting on the stage the death of main characters in a drama and in art too, though several battle-related deaths were shown.

27 Oct 2021

Fables & a search for the duck in South Indian art

‘The Goose with the Golden Eggs’, attributed to Aesop, the Greek fabulist, became popular worldwide. A man possesses a goose that lays a golden egg each day.

12 Oct 2021

Temple that is Telangana’s hidden treasure

The outer walls of the jagati as well as the main temple contain exquisitely carved reliefs of various divinities, elephants, the mithuna couples, mother and child, etc.

03 Sep 2021

Rhymes and verses from classics on monsoon rains

All such children’s rhymes in many Indian languages are now disappearing, though their message is very much apt to the soil and conditions in which Indians by and large depend on even today

18 Aug 2021

Aatma-stuti: A didactic tale on self-praise

In the Sanskrit Panchatantra of Vishnu Sharma, The Turtle and the Swans narrates how fatal it would be if one indulges in self-praise, even when a situation demands it.

20 Jul 2021

The crane in Indian literature and art

Sarasa and baka, which in Sanskrit mean the crane, figure prominently in ancient Indian literature and art.

02 Jul 2021

Lunar eclipse and the intelligent rabbit in Hampi

In ancient Indian coins, inscriptions and the emblems of various dynasties, the sun and moon were shown together to indicate eternity, which coincides with an idiom

15 May 2021

A fresh look at Vrishabha-Kunjara of yore

As pointed out by Jan Gonda in a study, no Vedic god or goddess possesses any animal as their vehicle.

04 Mar 2021