I travelled to India and enjoyed ……

Many years ago I traveled to India on a business trip.

Sightseeing in India
Aurangabad sightseeing

UNIDO invited me to attend a Petrochemical Conference in Baroda (or Vadodara).

Organized by UNIDO (1991)
In front of the Petrochemical Development Institute

There was an opening party and there I saw a beautiful performance of  the DANCE of  SHIVA

The starting position
Dance of SHIVA (1)
Dance of SHIVA
Dance of SHIVA (2)
Dance of Shiva
Dance of Shiva (3)
Dance of Shiva
Dance of Shiva (4)
Dance of SHIVA
Dance of SHIVA (5)

More about the DANCE of LORD SHIVA

Aurangabad
Aurangabad

From Wikipedia:

Dance of Lord Shiva
Dance of Lord Shiva

Characteristics

Nataraja, Lord Shiva as the Cosmic Dancer representing the rhythmic movement of the entire cosmos.

  • A cobra uncoils from his lower right forearm, and the crescent moon and a skull are on his crest. He dances within an arch of flames. This dance is called the Dance of Bliss, ananda tandava.
  • The upper right hand holds a small drum shaped like an hourglass that is called a amaru in Sanskrit.[4][5][6]. A specific hand gesture (mudra) called amaru-hasta (Sanskrit for “ḍamaru-hand”) is used to hold the drum.[7] It symbolizes sound originating creation.
  • The upper left hand contains Agni or fire, which signifies destruction. The opposing concepts in the upper hands show the counterpoise of creation and destruction.
  • The second right hand shows the Abhaya mudra (meaning fearlessness in Sanskrit), bestowing protection from both evil and ignorance to those who follow the righteousness of dharma.
  • The second left hand points towards the raised foot which signifies upliftment and liberation.
  • The dwarf on which Nataraja dances is the demon Apasmara, which symbolises Shiva’s victory over ignorance(ego).
  • As the Lord of Dance, Nataraja, Shiva performs the tandava, the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and dissolved. Shiva’s long, matted tresses, usually piled up in a knot, loosen during the dance and crash into the heavenly bodies, knocking them off course or destroying them utterly.
  • The surrounding flames represent the manifest Universe.Also, the circle of fire/flames symbolizes the cycle of transmigration/suffering the ego goes through(endless births and rebirths, before attaining salvation).
  • The snake swirling around his waist is kundalini, the Shakti or divine force thought to reside within everything.
  • The stoic face of Shiva represents his neutrality, thus being in balance.
A beautiful mural
A beautiful mural

The Deccan area is utmost interesting to me for the caves of Ajanta & Ellora.

After the conference I flew from Bombay to Aurangabad, Maharashtra to visit the historical sites ELLORA and AJANTA. The video below made me relive the spiritual enjoyment of that experience.

at Ellora

And this video shows some of the caves of Ellora

The Deccan Plateau
The Deccan Plateau

Soon I will post more pictures of other countries.

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