I visited the Central Museum Indore, India, earlier this
week. One of the most stunning sculptures I noticed in the compound was of
Goddess Parvati. Though partly broken, it shows the amazing talent and devotion
with which the craftsman chiseled it out of a piece of stone. The information tablet put up by the Museum informs that it is the statue of Goddess Parvati,
circa 12th century A.D., belonging to Hingalajgarh, in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Goddess Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love,
fertility and devotion. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu
She is the mother goddess in Hinduism and has many attributes and aspects. Each
of her aspects is expressed with a different name, giving her over 100 names. Along
with Goddess Lakshmi
(goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Goddess Saraswati
(goddess of knowledge and learning), she forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses.
Parvati is the wife of the Hindu deity Shiva - the destroyer,
recycler and regenerator of universe and all life. She is the daughter of the
mountain king Himavan and mother Mena. Parvati is the mother of
Hindu deities Ganesha
Her elder sister is the goddess Ganga (Ganges).
This Museum is located near the General Post Office in Indore.There are two
galleries in the Museum.The artefacts exhibited in the museum range from
the prehistoric to the modern era. It was established in 1929.
A painting showing Chinsura during Dutch presence (Source: Wikipedia)
Wanting to learn more about the multi-faceted Indian heritage, I am planning to visit the Victoria Memorial
& Park Street cemetery in Kolkata, Chandernagore (erstwhile French settlement),
Serampore (erstwhile Danish India) and Chinsura (erstwhile Dutch settlement) in the first week of February.
I seek guidance and inputs about these places from friends.
This is perhaps the only place in the Khjuraho temples where camels have been depicted. Terry Feuerborn,
in his post ‘Camel Carvings, Laksmana Temple, Khajuraho, India, 2010’ points
out that ‘these camels seem to have horses heads and hooves. Perhaps the artist
was not too familiar with camels?’ https://www.flickr.com/photos/travfotos/4475312456