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Seated on a parrot, Kamdev is often depicted in paintings carrying a bow  made of sugarcane stalk, strung by a line of bees. Each arrow causes the ‘target’ to swoon under a certain effect of love, and is tipped with a special fragrant flower. Wondering what the 5 arrows of Kamdev do to you? 🏹♥️ Aimed at the heart, it causes initial excitement and a youthful-cheerfulness. 🏹👄 Aimed at the lips, it causes one to cry out of this excitement…

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We’re completely egg-static and utterly egg-cited. What a time to be alive: an egg has broken all records on Instagram! Beating Kylie Jenner, the egg has emerged victorious with the highest number of likes on the social media platform. Finally, we can safely put an end to that eternal question- the egg did come first! https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOGulcndj-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Well, if it…

From the collection of:  National Museum, New Delhi What is it: A brass sculpture of a goddess holding a ladle in the right hand and a jewelled bowl full of rice in her left hand. Her bowl of grain represents the food and nourishment she offers. The iconography of Annapurna is given in the Agamas as a youthful goddess of…

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[dot_recommends] Visiting the Mahabalipuram group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was on my bucket list and I finally got to put a check against it.  The group of monuments have served as backdrop for classical dance videos, inspired some great photography and is a treat for archaeology enthusiasts. The monuments which were given the World Heritage Status as long back as…

Having been brought up in a Bengali household, the run up to Durga Puja & Dussehra would always be full of Mahisasur-Mardini stories, and it is only on Diwali that I would revise the little I knew of Ramayana.  Working in the crafts space for 8 years now, I’ve seen how different episodes and Rama stories inspire artists not only across India, but various South-east asian countries. And then, the other night I went for my first Ram-Leela. The story was told slightly differently from the one I kne

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