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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vishwaroopam!


There are many aspects of Hinduism that we overlook often and even if we don’t overlook it, we don’t come across it in our daily life here in India. To give you an example, I am sure most of us know about ‘Vishwaroopam’, the ultimate form of god in Hinduism. Lord Krishna also showed this form to Arjuna in the Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of Hinduism. But, how many of us have seen Vishwaroopam in even the form of a sculpture in our temples? We see all kinds of gods, but Vishwaroopam is few and far between.

Beautiful Vishwaroopam statue at Changgu Narayan Temple, Nepal
But, when I was at the Changgu Narayan temple near Bhaktapur in Nepal, I saw Vishwaroopam and it brought all my childhood mythology stories back into my head. Not only was I surprised at seeing a sculpture of Vishwaroopam, the images from Amar Chitra Katha and my childhood imagination came flooding back in. Nepal has a rich connection with ancient Hinduism and I came across many such instances during my travels in Nepal. If you feel like seeing Hindu mythology in beautiful carvings, go and explore the various temples of Nepal. You will be in for a treat.



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