CEILING PAINTING OF DASHAAVATARA
IN A SIX POINTED STAR
The stories of Dashavatara are known to all of us. That lord
vishnu appeared in different incarnations on earth for various
reasons is perhaps the most well-known part of our mythology.
What is probably not so well-known is the corroboration of
the Darwinian theory behind these avataars.
Take a look at the forms in their chronological order and
one will realize that life starts in water in the form of
Then follows Kurma (Tortoise), an amphibian, comfortable
both in water as well as land.
Varaha (Boar) is a land animal, but has not forgotten its
Narasimha (half man half lion) perhaps talks of man's animalistic
Vamana (the dwarf) points to man in his infancy at the dawn
of civilization, as we know it.
Parashurama (or Rama with a Parashu-an axe) refers to the
warrior man (homo-erectus/hunter-gatherer).
Rama (a perfected, evolved king) shows man's evolution towards
being a social being and an ideal king who only thinks of
the welfare of his subjects.
In South Indian versions of the myth, Balarama ( Krishna's
elder brother ) is thought to be an incarnation. Balarama
appears with a plough referring to man as an agriculturist)
Krishna, born a Kshatriya but who renounces weapons and war
choosing, only to guide humanity by becoming a charioteer.
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Buddha, the enlightened one, is the final stage of evolution
where man meets face to face with his true self and receives
immortality. Blessed with all the worldly pleasures, Siddharth,
born a prince, renounced it all to end the cycle of birth
and death and attain nirvana.
The last Avataar depicted here is Kalki. Thought to be a
dazzling being, he will appear on a white horse and will carry
the 'Vajra', a thunderbolt weapon of destruction. Rather disillusioned
with the way the universe is progressing, he will descend
to annihilate it.
Could the killer tsunami have been a small precursor and
warning to us??
This painting is unique in that was used in a private temple
as a ceiling painting. Just before entering the Garbha Griha
or the shrine sanctum, the painting adorned the ceiling reminding
the devotee of the greatness of the main deity in the temple.
The six pointed star is a very significant Symbology. in Tantric
thought, it is said to be a symbol of the union of Shakti
with Shiva, the upward pointing triangle being male and the
downward triangle the female. This star is known the world
over as the Star of David and adorns the national flag of
Israel. But its antecedents are very ancient and deeply rooted
in the oldest cultures and religions of the world.