Chamunda – Brief Conceptual Resonancies For The Storm Facing Of Wrathful Sky Divinity

It is Friday - Devi's Day - And so therefore, as has become our custom, we present a brief commentary to go with a beautiful work of (A)Arti-fice ... In this case, a fine sandstone sculpture, about a thousand years old. Something which manages to convey a sense of Her 'Forcefulness', Her 'Essence' ... even … Continue reading Chamunda – Brief Conceptual Resonancies For The Storm Facing Of Wrathful Sky Divinity

On The True Meaning Of Kali Standing Above Shiva – The ‘Dark’ Devi Uber Alles

This style of Kali depiction is probably one of the most familiar forms of Hindu deific representation to many of us here in the West. It's remarkably prevalent - and along with it comes a curiously insistent similarly 'pop-culture' perspective as to what's represented there within. To paraphrase the sort of thing I'm referring to … Continue reading On The True Meaning Of Kali Standing Above Shiva – The ‘Dark’ Devi Uber Alles

On This Week’s Claims Of Kali Somehow Not Being A Hindu Goddess

There's currently a rather loud contratemps going on in the online Hindusphere over an (Indian) art-film creator's attempt to co-opt Kali.  Now, by this I do not really mean the initial photograph which caused all the furore - but rather, the artist's (Leena Manimekalai) frankly bizarre claims in reply to criticism she'd received for how she'd … Continue reading On This Week’s Claims Of Kali Somehow Not Being A Hindu Goddess

KalaRatri for Chaitra Navratri – The Black Night of Unveiling, The Night of Death

The Seventh Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Kalaratri - The Night of Death, the Blackest Night, the Darkness at the End of Time Herself ! And yet, as has become something of our theme whenever we discuss the Devi - we are vehement in pointing out that this is only one side to Her, … Continue reading KalaRatri for Chaitra Navratri – The Black Night of Unveiling, The Night of Death

RudraGanika – A Study In Eternal Return As Manifested Through The Sky Father’s Female Retinue Across The Indo-European World

[Author's Note: This work brings together several (my)themes close and dear to my heart. It had been intended to be published upon MahaShivRatri - the 1st of March in 2022 - however, Time waits for no man (other than Her Husband); and my continuing to find further elements which cried out to be included resulted … Continue reading RudraGanika – A Study In Eternal Return As Manifested Through The Sky Father’s Female Retinue Across The Indo-European World

Kali As Fire Of Time – Glorious Modern Hindu Art For Devi’s Day

JAI MATA DI !Further art from Ravi Zupa We also note, with regard to the lower portion of the text, the Vedic mention of 'KaalAgniRudra' - quite directly, the (Black) Fire of Time, and with the specific Rudra involvement (rendered in the relevant text as 'KaalAgniRudraya', because it is in the Sri Rudram of the … Continue reading Kali As Fire Of Time – Glorious Modern Hindu Art For Devi’s Day