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Depiction of Surya and other Navagrahas

So you know how sometimes you see a drawing of the sun with a face on it or another planet etc. Well is there any ancient depiction of the face of the Deva on the Graha?
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An English Version of Shiplashastra on Art and making practical things

Is there a shilpashastra online with English translation which deals with sketching devtas and doing artwork as well as making practical things like clothes and tools. I am also wondering if men can ...
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Essential Sacred Arts a Brahmin Must Know

I am wondering if there's any crafts or things a Brahmin (male) must know how to make for rituals and various other holy acts. If so please name them, how to make them, and possible substitutes for ...
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Can we paint religious images with laterite?

I'm planning to make an image of Mahalakshmi and shankh-chakra on my tulasi-thara (tulsi-vrindavan) to surprise my mother as she's always wanted to have it painted (just plain white right now) but we ...
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What are the strange words on back of idol from India in Devanagari script? [duplicate]

A close friend showed me photographs of the reverse side which has numerous words inscribed in Devanagari. I'm unable to decipher a single word. Some of the words are clear but contain archaic forms ...
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Can you tell or recommend about the books which is based on Shilpa Shastra?

Can anyone provide me with the information of some books which deals with Shilpa Shastra i.e rules and regulations for making a Moorti or Vigraha of a certain Devi/Deva?
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How should one interpret srinathji art?

Knowing that SriNathji represents the eight year old krishna, it's unusual that some depictions of SriNathji are unpleasant, eg some are mean looking, some scary, etc. Its values are derived from and ...
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Depictions of Lord Krishna or Rama in old age

I am looking for authentic art of Krishna or Rama in which they are depicted in old age. (Not old as in ancient art, old as in body-form.)
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What famous paintings depict Hindu multiverses?

If anyone knows any good ones, is there a place I can view these works?
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Eyes of the Gods

I saw this image of Sri Narasimha statue : Why His eyes are depicted in that way?
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Does anyone have any the images that sometimes accompany scriptures (e.g. in the Purāṇas)? Can you post them? [closed]

I heard some scriptures were found with attached images to help explain the text. Since then, I have always wanted to see some.
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Etymology of Sringa

Sringa is an Ancient Indian musical instrument. In an answer to my previous question, it was pointed out that Mahabharat contains a reference to a ruler of the kingdom of Stri Rajya, also known as ...
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What is the story behind this Vishnu - Muchukunda painting?

I keep seeing this picture of a painting on my TV via Google Chromecast. The caption below the pic. reads: Vishnu Appears to King Muchukunda in a Cave in the Himalayas What is the backstory of ...
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Scriptures: 64 Arts and 14 Sciences

After Lord Krishna kills evil king Kansa and frees his parents from prison, he studies at an Ashram. The teacher says he is pleased with Lord Krishna's progress because he learned 64 Arts and 14 ...
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Is Raja Ravi Varma's painting Birth of Shakuntala true to the story?

The Wikipedia article for Vishwamitra has a picture of the sage rejecting both Menaka and her daughter, Shakuntala. The picture seems to be a painting by Raja Ravi Varma. Is the painting true to the ...
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Why is Naga shown with 3, 5, 7, 9 heads? [duplicate]

Why in art and some religions, Naga is shown with different number of heads? What is the significance of the Cambodian Naga?
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Why is Lord Hanuman portrayed as tearing-open his chest and showing Lord Rama is within it?

I have seen many images like the following that portray Lord Hanuman tear-open his chest and reveal Lord Rama and Sita inside it. What is the story behind this?
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How were the rules for Devalaya Vastu forged?

There are very few references as to how the rules for Devalaya Vastu (देवालय वस्तु) were written. Any insights on who the original authors were, how and why they wrote the very specific rules that ...
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Why do idols of Lord Ganesha only rarely have the trunk turning to the right?

I've rarely seen idols of Lord Ganesha with his trunk turning towards the right. As far as I know, people say that Ganesha idols having the trunk turning towards the right should be given extra care ...
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Why is Krishna portrayed to be blue?

Humans (at least Asians) are wheatish-brown in color. Why was Krishna portrayed as blue? Is it just to show his purity, or is there some story background of it (e.g. is it based in reality)?
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