Aug 152005
 

Tomorrow on Dial One aur Jeeto – made by Cogito TV (my little bit of branding for my company) – is special guest Sanjay Jumani – the world famous nnuummerologgistt.

If you want to call the great man himself to find out if you need double alphabets in your name – call the numbers that are plastered everywhere :) . Now that the plug for the show is done, the real reason for the post.

I was sitting at home getting bored out of my skull. Neena saved from a fate worse than boredom by asking me do do some research online for a few questions regarding numerology. The questions were done in a jiffy, but what was interesting was the set of sites I ended up discovering.

In my wanderings through cyberspace I came across this great site. It is called Godchecker. It introduces its’ services as:

We have more Gods than you can shake a stick at. Godchecker’s Mythology Encyclopedia currently features almost 2,500 deities.

Godchecker is 100% non-denominational. All Gods are welcome, whether Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Slavonic, or of No Fixed Abode. Polytheism is much more fun than monotonous monotheism. The Gods are queuing up to get in! And Terry Pratchett fans, Tolkien afficiandos, Douglas Adams devotees and Harry Potter nuts will love our selection of Goddities!

The Godchecker database aims to cover all Gods of mythology, literature and legend. Pagan culture is covered with Celtic deities and more Earth Mother Goddesses than you can shake a willow stick at. And if you’re seeking knowledge, wealth or immortality, you may pick up some tips. Our current research has led to some very promising ideas involving snails, beetroot and cunningly-shaped sticks…

And there was this completely brilliant and totally irreverent section here called Mythmatics – the Mythology of Numbers. . It looks at various numbers claimed by various cultures as being important to their Gods.

Ever since the human race began to count on the Gods, their numbers have increased. It is even possible the Gods are counting on mankind – using us for multiplication or dividing us into fractions.

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Read more here.

I think that the next week is looking very promising indeed :)

Aug 152005
 

Many moons ago, my great grandmother – Bala Chitti as she was popularly known – had composed an incredible song in the praise of Nataraja. The lyrics went:
Ananda Tirunatanam, Aranudanai Parvatiyum
Arputhamay Aadi Nindral, Anay varam Kondada
Shobhaa ne..

(And it continues in the same vein describing the dance. essentially celebrating the Beauty & Joy of the Celestial Dance. i could translate it, but it ends up sounding so bland and contrived that the beauty of the description is lost.)

This was traditionally sung in the family during oil baths. What is the connection – i know not. But, it was one of those songs that has been with me since childhood. Shiva as Nataraja – needless to say – is one of the forms of God for whom I have tremendous affection. The following is a Tanjore painting of Nataraja -accompanied by Vishnu, Parvati and the rest of the pantheon. A different kind of representation from the Chola bronzes that we are all used to seeing.

Tanjore Nataraja

Today, i came across this lovely drawing of the Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram. It is part of the British Museum Collection and was sketched in 1762.
Chidambaram

Do visit the site it is a treasure trove of images of India from a long time ago.