VGI Collection 5

 A Selection of Picture Stories About Vishwaguru India.



 Extremely detailed anklets at Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka.




 Long chain carved out of stone hanging.

Varadaraja Perumal Temple Kanchipuram TN.
One can find this chain at all the four corners of this mantapa. Amazing that rings can move freely within even though the entire chain is made of a single stone.



 Prambanan Temple Unesco World Heritage Site, on the Bank notes of Indonesia.

10000 Rupiah-c.1979 & 5 Rupiah- c.1959.
Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. Dedicated to the Trimurti of Hinduism -- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.




 In one of the walls of Kundadam Vadakkunatha swamy temple there are sculptures of baby in mother's womb (1000s of year before x Ray's were invented). The temple has various positions of babies at different months.

Ancient texts like Yajnavalkya Smriti details of the growth of embryo within womb.




 Ram Sarcophagus

A coffin discovered from Tamil Nadu with animal head in front, associated with ancient Megalithic culture of Dravida Desha. People used to bury their dead in such decorated coffins in ancient times.

At the entrance to the Adichanallur Gallery is a very large earthenware Sarcophagus dug up at Sankavaram in Cuddapah district. This unique zoomorphic or animal-like sarcophagus depicts the head and body of a ram though it has six legs. This was obtained from an excavation conducted by this Museum and had a number of megalithic pottery specimens and a few iron implements disposed around it, besides, the usual collection of excavated human bones. The legs are in two rows, are higher and the dome is built in sections with a separate attachment for the head.




 The Kakatiya Ramappa Temple (1213 CE) in Telangana has statues with high heels.

But, some say they are platform पादुका or खडाऊं that both men and women wore all over India.




 Czech stamp showing Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha.




 Some women in the Harappan Sarasvati Civilization wore skirts.

The image from National Museum, Delhi. Labeled -- Standing figure of the Mother Goddess
C. 2700-2100 BCE




 A humped bull with gold horns, made of banded agate and gold from the Harappan period, about 1800 BCE. Found in Pur village, Bhiwani Khera, Haryana, India.

Photo courtesy: Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Haryana State, Government of Haryana



 1300 years old Ganesha idol

7th century A.D, Kashmir.




 Vasco da Gama visiting the court of Samuthiri of Calicut. Stamp issued by Portugal.




 Shrine of Gurunanak Dev Ji in Baghdad , Iraq , Gurunanak Dev Ji visited Baghdad with disciple Bhai Mardana.




 Nose Reconstruction in 1790s !

Cowasjee, a Mahratta & a bullock driver with the British army in Third Anglo-Mysore War, whose nose & one hand were cut off while prisoner of Tipu Sultan the nose then being reconstructed using a flap of skin from the forehead,




 Gupta Period Sculpture:

“Churidar Pajama” millennium + before Mughals/Islam touched our land.




 4000 Years old seal made of stone at Mohenjodaro depicting bull baiting / bull fighting. (Jallikattu)

( National Museum, Delhi)




 Relic Casket : 3rd Century B.C ( 2300 Years Old)

Bones of Mahatma Buddha Were Found In This Casket.
Piprahwa ( U.P)




 Large Ganesha Statue Unearthed In Central Java.

The site in Dieng Wetan Village of Wonosobo District, Central Java.
The Ganesha statue made of andesite was recovered by a farmer when he was ploughing his paddy field at a depth of 50 centimeters in December 2019. The statue, 140 cm in height and 120 cm in width, was found without a head and arms.
The institute had previously found small-sized Ganesha statues around the temple. On average, the statues are 80 cm in height and 90 cm in width.




 The Great Banyan Tree Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden near Kolkata.

It is over two hundred and fifty years old and covers about 14,500 square meters of land (3.5 acres) making it the widest tree in the world.

From a distance, the tree has the appearance of a forest, but what appear to be individual trees are actually aerial roots- around 3,600 of them.


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