Author: Ganges India

Apr 10, 2018

Home décor with Kalamkari paintings

Do you love paintings? Decorating the home with a variety of paintings is a common passion among the homemakers. A good painting enhances the beauty of the room to a considerable extent. India has a rich legacy of paintings and since time immemorial, people have tried to showcase their artistic minds with the brush. There are numerous traditional paintings getting popular in various parts of the country. Among these traditional paintings, Kalamkari is a popular form of art in the country and The art of kalamkari (kalam – pen, kari – craft) is one of the oldest genres of painting. The practice of telling a story by painting it on cloth with vegetable dyes and makeshift tools is one that has mesmerized the whole world. The enhancing effulgence of colours and the characters that emerge on cotton fabric, help create a spectacular spread in such a painting. Kalamkari painting is unique in its use of colour as a medium to depict mythological characters. Kalahasti and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the nerve centres of this art continue to be beehives of Kalamkari activity. Kalamkari colours are made from vegetable dyes and no chemicals are used whatsoever. In addition to themes from the epics, Kalamkari leitmotifs comprise different forms of the lotus flower, the car wheel, parrots, an interlacing pattern of leaves and flowers. Kalamkari artists in Andhra Pradesh still practise the original technique. They immerse the textile in resin and milk to create a shiny effect to the product. The revival of this beautiful and intricate art form has seen it being used in high-fashion clothing and home decor. Add a touch of old-world charm to your bedroom or li...

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Mar 31, 2018

Bring nature closer home with Madhubani paintings

Are you keen to bring into your drawing room an element of ethnic beauty? Or Are you a big fan of Mother Nature? Do you want to keep it inside your home? There is a way. You may hang a number of Rajasthani wall hangings or put some Madhubani paintings in your room. Both the wall hangings and paintings will create a natural ambience inside your room. You will feel like living within nature. Such paintings will also create a refreshing aura in the home. Madbhubani when literally translated into English means forests of honey. Such paintings carry the message of nature. The importance of nature in our life. Without nature human beings can’t survive. These paintings reflect the symbiotic relationship between man and nature....

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Mar 21, 2018

Give an ethnic touch to your home

We all are fond of ethnic beauty. Ethnicity has something to it that touches our heart. Traditional touch makes our home more homely. It gives a more local flavour to our sweet home. Traditional values have strong bonding with its members in the family. Traditional values also go a long way to bind the family members together and it instills a sense of belongingness. Traditional values are quite stronger in our society and Hindus cherish them a lot. In order to inculcate such values among the family members, one must change the decorations in one’s home....

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Mar 10, 2018

Decorate your home with Batik Paintings

Are you an aficionado of paintings? Indian traditional paintings have a rich legacy. Since ages, paintings, murals have attracted many. One such rich genre of paintings is Batik Painting. Batik is one of the most popular genres of paintings in India. Literally meaning 'wax writing', it is a rich genre that has been continuing generations after generations....

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Keep your home clean as per Vaastu principles

Home is where the heart is, so goes an old adage. Literally so. We all feel comfortable at home with our family members. Home is like a temple and for this matter it is key to keep your home clean. Cleaning is an important daily job to make sure your home is dust- and clutter-free and all the people in home healthy. A clean and organised home also attracts wealth and positivity around. Vaastu attaches importance on the task of cleaning, which includes surface cleaning, maintenance of furniture, fabric and upholstery as well as decluttering....

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Feb 21, 2018

Fish Aquarium: Key to success and prosperity at home

We all love to keep an aquarium in our home. To see the fish swimming in the aquarium is a treat to the eyes. Such an Aquarium gives lot of peace and tranquility to the home and not only kids even the grown-ups love such an Aquarium. Gradually they become part of the family and if not fed on time, we feel guilty as if we haven’t fed our own kids....

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Feb 11, 2018

Feng Shui helps create wealth

Home is where your heart is. So goes a popular saying. It is the home that gives us maximum pleasure and we share our feelings, sorrows, and happiness with our family members under the common roof. The home has many corners like portico, drawing room, kitchen, courtyard among others. Doors are also important elements in a home. Equally important are the windows. It is believed that in a peaceful home resides Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Among these elements in a home, there are certain locations, that create the maximum amount of wealth or to say according to Feng-shui terms, we need to locate the area of our home that has the tremendous impact on wealth creation. ...

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Jan 14, 2018

Fill your room with positivism

Positive energy in your house is key to happiness and peace in the family. We all love peace and happiness. Vaastu principles provide us the key as how to fill our home with positive energy. Vaastu principles are quite easy to follow. What to do is to make some simple changes in your home and its decorations. You must follow these simple tips to instill a sense of positivism in your home.   ...

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Jan 7, 2018

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part V - Myths and Legends of Ganga

The battle between the Gods (good) and Demons (evil) goes on forever.  Once the demon Bali due to his tapas or ascetic heat, acquired such power that he conquered Indra"s heaven and chaos prevailed in the heaven.  All the gods were greatly troubled and they implored Lord Vishnu to restore law and order. Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as a Brahmin dwarf Vamana and went to Bali seeking alms, as was the custom of Brahmins.  Bali gave him food, clothes, and many rich presents, but Vamana insisted that he wanted land.  Bali offered him many great and fertile lands; however, Vamana declared that he wanted only that land which he could measure by his three steps.  Bali thought that a dwarf could measure only a very small portion of the land with his three small steps, and thus accepted.  However, Vamana tricked Bali and started to increase his size.  So big his size became, that with his first step, he covered the entire earth and with his second step, he covered the entire heaven. ...

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Dec 31, 2017

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part IV - Myths and Legends of Ganga

Uma or Parvati created an image of a boy child from her bodily impurities as she was having a bath.  She loved this image and wanted him to come to life and become his son. So she approached her sister Ganga and immersed this image in the waters of the Ganga, who also felt a unique motherly love towards this image of a boy child. Gangagave life to this image and Ganesa - the second son of Siva and Parvati was born. Thus Ganga is also considered to be the mother of Ganesa, who in turn is also known as Gangeya - the son of Ganga. Ganesa is also known as Dvaimatura - one who has two mothers, namely Parvati and Ganga....

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Dec 28, 2017

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part III - Myths and Legends of Ganga

Ganga as a Goddess There are many myths and legends, which tell that the river Ganges or Ganga is essentially a goddess residing in heaven.  She is exquisitely described as an extremely fair goddess.  She has four arms and three eyes.With the third eye on her forehead, she becomes a kaldarsini- one who can view the past, present and the future.  She is dressed in white and is heavily ornamented with precious stones and dazzling white pearls.On one hand, she holds a white lotus and with the other hand, she bestows peace and grants boons to humanity.  In the other two hands, she holds jars full of water that grant fertility, crops, and prosperity. ...

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Dec 24, 2017

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part II - Gangā and her greatness

Throughout the Mahābhārata, the greatness of Gangā shines forth like a valuable gem of extreme brilliance. In the Anuśasana Parva, Section XXVI, in reply to questions by Yudhiśtira, the greatness of Gangā is elaborately elucidated by Gangāputra Bhīśma.The foremost of all rivers is Bhāgirathi or Gangā. Those countries, provinces, retreats, and mountains should be regarded as the best with respect to sanctity, which are beside the river Bhāgirathi...

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