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2 responses to “289

  1. ramalingaraju@jail.home

    is that chota vakils namesake or bhagiratha?

  2. Arjuna’s Penance –

    There is a controversy as to the origins of this bas-relief. While some believe that it shows Arjuna undertaking a penance to obtain a rare weapon against his enemies, others believe that it depicts Bhagiratha in penance to bring River Ganges to earth. According to the latter, cleft appeared in the rock dividing the canvas in two, symbolizing the Shiva’s response to Bhagiratha’s penance. According to Ferguson and Burgess, the sculptured ‘Nagas’ on the cleft suggests that this bas-relief represents ‘Serpent Worship’ prevalent in ancient India and that in the cleft, there has been a statue of the great Nagaraja. It was in his honor that the great bas-relief was designed.

    http://www.india-travel-agents.com/southindia/tamilnadu/monuments/arjunas-penance.html

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