India, Kannur, South

Gulikan Theyyam

This was the only Theyyam that did not have the traditional colours of red, orange and black, but was covered in white, almost the colour of ash.  Stripes of black lines ran through his bare body and he wore a waist adornment made of nimble palm strands.  His eyes were covered in patches of black… Continue reading Gulikan Theyyam

India, North, Slice of Life, Varanasi

Postcards From Varanasi

Kashi, or Varanasi/Banaras as it is known today, is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world.  The history of the place is writ amongst its charming ghats to its maze-like by-lanes.  Life here is bodacious, vivid and gives you a sense as old as time itself. The Ghats This place is an important site… Continue reading Postcards From Varanasi

Bangalore, India, South

Stages of Life: Bhoganandeeshwara Temple

On the outskirts of Bangalore, sits a complex of shrines dating back to the early 9th century.  This temple with its distinct Dravidian style of architecture is said to have been constructed by the Nolamba and Rashtrakuta dynasties.  Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) classifies this complex dedicated to Lord Shiva as one of the oldest… Continue reading Stages of Life: Bhoganandeeshwara Temple

Bangalore, E-Samskriti, India, Publications, South

ESamskriti – Nandi Bull: The Mysterious And Unknown Temple

I get down from the auto rickshaw at the Temple Road in Malleshwaram – one of the oldest settlements of Bangalore.  I take a seat outside the ornate compound wall of the ancient Nandi Bull temple – Sri Dakshina Mukha Nandi Thirtha Kalyani Devasthana – and wait for Renu, who is running a few minutes… Continue reading ESamskriti – Nandi Bull: The Mysterious And Unknown Temple