[INDOLOGY] dhanus/dhavin (Sagittarius)

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 18:20:05 UTC 2016


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Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Sculptures
The Solar Altar
The solar altar called Saura pitha in agamic texts is in the form of a full
blown lotus on a square pedestal in two tiers. The upper tier carries eight
deities portrayed at eight directions. They are considered the eight
planets, which, including the central lotus representing Surya (sun)
constitute the Navagrahas, (nine planets) worshipped by the Hindus for the
bestowal of good fortune and the removal of obstacles. The lower tier is
modelled as a chariot with wheels on either side, drawn by seven horses.
Aruna the Charioteer of Surya is shown driving the horses. The seven horses
are said to represent the seven days of the week. The wheels are ornamented
with twelve petals, representing the twelve months of a year. At the
corners are seen flying celestials, gandharvas carrying flower garlands.
The Agamic texts specify the worship of Surya in the form of a lotus altar.
Evidently this is a representation of Saura pitha, solar altar, intended
for daily worship. This elegant piece is also decidedly a Chalukyan
sculpture, probably brought here as a war trophy. In recent years, it has
assumed great significance as a large number of devotees worship it as
Navagraha for the fulfillment of their vows. When the planet Saturn changes
its position once in 27 months, nearly a million people offer worship to
this altar.
Rajendra Chola-I (1012-1044 A.D) is also called Gangaikonda Cholan . (

On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>

> Image search yielded the word Saura pITha  and 13 th Century as time
> period and Andhra Pradesh as place.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/301202/15265329686
> On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 10:43 PM, Bill Mak <bill.m.mak at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues,
>> A colleague of mine is looking for a high-resolution image of
>> dhanus/dhavin (Sagittarius) in Indian sculpture, mural or manuscript. I
>> came across an image from the internet which gives the description: "C.
>> Saura Sect of Hinduism. Zodiac Wheel. Dolerite. Andhra Pradesh, India”:
>> http://www.billmak.com/?attachment_id=1924
>> Could anyone confirm the provenance of this piece or any other similar
>> object?
>> Textually, I am also curious about the variants dhanu/dhanvin.
>> Sphujidhvaja in his *Yavanajātaka* gave *dhanus*, *dhanurdhara *and
>> *dhavin*. Varāhamihira in addition gave the Sanskritized greek term
>> *taukṣika* (from τοξότης). I am curious which form the modern Indian
>> languages took - the bow, the archer/centaur or both?
>> Best regards,
>> Bill
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

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