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Beautiful show of flowers in Mysore

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By Nithin Sridhar

Mysuru: As part of the on-going Dasara (Dussehra) celebrations, the Mysuru Zilla panchayat, city corporation, and the Zilla Totagarike (horticulture) Sangha have organized a flower show at Kuppanna Park, Mysore.

The show was inaugurated on October 14 and will remain open for 12 days till October 25. This year, seminars regarding sustainable agriculture, gardening, and farmer’s issues are also being organized as part of the flower show program.

Here are some beautiful images from the flower show:

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Here is why Flowers in Hinduism regarded as Symbol of Piousness and Serenity!

Flowers are an integral part of every religious ceremony in hinduism

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A ritual in Hinduism. Wikimedia

April 10, 2017: Hinduism is a religion known for its pious procedures of performing a “pooja” ceremony.Many things become the part of the act of showing gratitude to the almighty be it “kapoor”, ”kumkum”, ”pure ghee”, “Dhoop batti” and many more to count.It is also very well known that flowers find a special place in the hindu prayer ceremonies. There are separate flowers for different deities and each one has a legend to follow exhibiting their significance to that particular god or goddess. Flowers are the symbols of hindu ceremonies.

They are offered to deities during prayers, used to decorate weddings and their usage varies from one thing to the other.

A marriage ceremony is incomplete in Hinduism without flowers as they complete each step from start to finish.

As for Hindus, the flowers are significant, but ever wondered why some flowers hold more importance than others?

Here is a list of flowers found to be sacred in Hinduism-:

Rose; Source-Pixabay
    1. Rose-In Hinduism and in many parts of the world, this is the flower of love and affection. In India, it is also used for its medicinal values.Rose petals are spread on newlywed’s bed as it is believed that the flower creates romance between the couple.
Jasmine; Source-Pixabay
    1. Jasmine-Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe has a colourful personality. He like wine, enjoys music and loves to becked up. He represents the cultural elements of our society. Lord Vishnu likes white and fragrant colours like mogra, jasmine etc. Apart from aromatic flowers, this Hindu god loves basil leaves.Since the time of Vedas, Jasmine has found mention in the Hindu scriptures. The flower, in Hindu weddings, is often used as the bridal flower. It symbolises everlasting love between the married couple.
Hibiscus; Source-Pixabay
    1. Hibiscus-Adishakti or the essence of all female power in the Universe is known as Kali in her most destructive form. She is a blood thirsty goddess who represents wearing a garland of Asura heads and blood dripping from her mouth. To match the colour of blood, she worshipped with blood-red hibiscus flowers.

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Hibiscus is considered as the tongue of Goddess Kali and offered to her during prayers. The bright red colour is symbolic of the fierceness of Kali.
It is seen as a flower that brings wealth and destroys enemies from one’s life.

 

Lotus; Source-Pixabay
    1. Lotus-  A symbol of beauty, in Hindu scripture, goddess Lakshmi is shown sitting on red lotus and Saraswati on a white one. The lotus is also associated with Lord Brahma.Lotus is rooted in mud but stay aflot on water without getting muddy, which shows, in Hinduism how one should live in the world with getting attached to the negative surroundings.The flower also represents triumph, wealth and fertility and is India’s national flower.
Mariold; Source-Pixabay
  1. Red Genda (Marigold)- The lord of the world Ganesha like red colour flowers just like Lakshmi. Red Genda (Marigold) flowers please him greatly. The Genda is special because it is the only flower of the gods that can be divided into its petals. Scientifically too, each petal of the Marigold flower is a flower in itself.
    It is widely used to make garlands for gods and goddesses in Hindu religion. This flower is considered a love charm and is also used in weddings.Also, its pleasant aroma keeps insects and pests away. It is said, marigold represents passion and creativity in other cultures.

These are some of the flowers that are sacred to the hindus along with many others.They fill the color and fragrance in the hindu culture.

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Mesmerizing Dussehra art exhibition in Mysore

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By Nithin Sridhar

Mysuru: A mesmerizing exhibition of arts and crafts was organized in the city’s Suchitra Gallery, located at Kalamandir as part of the ongoing Dasara (also known as Dussehra) celebrations. The Dasara art exhibition was attended and praised by the locals who visited the gallery.

9The exhibition, which has been organized by the ‘Lalita Kale Mattu Karakushala Upasamiti’- The Dasara sub-committee for Arts and Crafts, is showcasing more than 150 exhibits prepared by both amateurs as well as senior artists from across Karnataka.

1Speaking to NewsGram, Mr. V. A. Deshpande, Former Dean of CAVA (Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts) and Former Secretary of Lalita Kale sub-committee, said that this is the fourth edition of the exhibition and exhibits from eight categories have been included.

7The eight categories include: Traditional paintings like Mysore style and Tanjore Style paintings, Contemporary paintings, Traditional sculptures, Contemporary sculptures, Posters, Graphic prints, Crafts, and Photographs. The exhibition, which was inaugurated on October 14 is attracting an average of 150 visitors per day.

6Traditional category paintings included beautiful paintings of Narasimha, Lakshmi-Narayana, and Goddess Lalita. Posters on the themes of female foeticide, drunken driving, etc. were also exhibited.

10Other beautiful exhibits under painting categories included a beautiful painting of Buddha, a painting of a sculpture of a dancing goddess, a painting of a woman covered in scarf sitting in front of the mirror, and a painting titled ‘Aase’ (desire) that depicted a Ugra goddess at the front and a small girl at the background.

2In the category of Sculptures, a sculpture that depicted a water pot with a tap won the prize for combing elements of old and the new. A sculpture titled ‘Kutumba’ (family), and another depicting a couple in a romantic kiss were beautifully made.

4Among the crafts that were exhibited, dolls of Krishna and Gopis performing Raas Lila were eye-catching. Another well-made craft was the icon of Lord Ganapati.

5Apart from the exhibition, a 2-day camp of senior artists on October 16-17 has been organized in the gallery by the Dasara sub-committee. Deshpande said that the artists in the camp are painting on the theme of farmer suicides.

11Siddharame Gowda, an artist from Salgundi, near Mysore, who is participating in the camp, told NewsGram that through his painting, he will be portraying how farmers are the very basis of our society and how if farmers continue to die, the whole society itself will be uprooted.

3When asked about what other activities the sub-committee has planned this year, Deshpande shared that the funds allotted to the committee this year are only around 7 lakhs, which is much less than previous years. Dasara celebration as a whole has been scaled down this year following the drought and farmer suicides across the state.

8He added that the committee has organized two other activities on October 18, Sunday: A spot painting competition for children and felicitation of five senior artists. The exhibition will end on October 21.

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Bombe Habba: The beautiful festival of Dolls

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By Nithin Sridhar

Mysore is famous all across the world for its celebration of Dasara festival (also called as Dussera, Dashahara in other parts of India) that includes various religious and cultural events such as the famous Dasara procession that happens on the day of Vijayadashami.

6Among various traditions that are associated with Dasara, one beautiful practice that is unique in its observation is the festival of dolls called as ‘Bombe Habba’.

IMG_20151010_143211The Doll Festival is widely observed across South India. It is unique in the sense that it not only appeals to the people with spiritual or religious bent, but also those who are creative and with tastes for art and handicrafts.

DSC05701Traditionally, the celebration involves arranging the dolls on stepped platform that usually contains nine-steps signifying nine days of Nava-Ratri. The dolls are usually arranged based on themes from Hindu Puranas and Itihasas.

3A conventional manner of arranging the dolls is that on the lower most three steps, the idols of various Gods and Goddess are kept. The subsequent three steps are used to place icons of kings, queens, saints, and other leaders. The final three steps are used to showcase scenes from Hindu festivals and events from everyday life.

DSC05607This arrangement not only serves as a medium to explain various stories from these Puranas containing many moral and spiritual lessons to small children, but it also helps the children to connect with the religion in a creative and artistic manner.

2The central character in the Bombe Habba is the pair of wooden dolls who represent the King and Queen, may be as a reminiscence of olden days when kings used to rule Mysore, who are called as ‘Raja Rani Dolls’ or ‘Pattada Gombe’ (Royal Dolls). These wooden dolls are washed, cleaned, and adorned in new clothes and are usually placed in a prominent position during the display.

7The festival was once widely celebrated across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. But, the practice has dwindled over the last few decades especially in urban areas owing to pressures of modern urbanized life. Now, fewer households arrange and display dolls throughout Navaratri. Many families keep only the ‘Pattada Gombe’ as a customary gesture.

4But, all is not lost yet. With an intention to generate interest among people towards the Doll festival, Ramsons Kala Pratishtana has been organizing “Bombe Mane” (House of Dolls) – an exhibition of thousands of dolls with varied themes, every year since past decade in Mysore.

FeatureThis year, they have organized the 11th edition of ‘Bombe Mane’. The organization intends to not only rekindle the interest among people towards dolls, but also to support various artisans and doll makers.

1Every year, they put an exhibition cum sale of dolls procured from various states for around 50 days during the time of Dasara. One unique feature of this Doll exhibition is that, every year they design the exhibition around a central theme. This year the central theme is ‘Sapta-Matrikas’– the seven mother goddesses of Hinduism- Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chandika.

IMG_20151010_142411Speaking to NewsGram, R.G.Singh, Secretary of Ramsons Kala Pratishtana, said that around 400-500 people on average are coming to the Bombe Mane each day. The exhibition began on 25th September and will end on 15th November. Singh added that he expects a sale of Rs. 20-25 lakh this year.

9Dolls made from different materials like clay, wood, terracotta, plaster of Paris, cloth, and metal were all on display. Singh said that at any time during exhibition around 8000 dolls and idols are displayed in public.

IMG_20151010_135603When asked about his involvement with Doll-making industry, Singh said that he has been in the industry since 1970, when he and some others started Ramsons Handicrafts Sales Emporium. Later, they started Ramsons Kala Pratishtana to support artisans.

8Singh said that lately people are preferring smaller dolls over larger ones, and dolls which are easier to handle like those made of wood than dolls made of clay that needs careful handling.

10He added that though a large number of people have begun to purchase dolls which do not have religious themes, yet the majority of sales happen from dolls that depict religious and mythological themes.

Bombe Mane’ is open for visitors between 10 AM and 7 PM till November 15.