This morning a friend of mine shared this picture on a WhatsApp group… along with this message:
“This photo of Omkareshwar Mahadev is taken with night vision camera. After the evening aarthi the deity is kept inside the sanctum sanctorum along with the dice play board and closed… wherein Shiva and Paarvathi come in the form of serpents and play dice… this is a rare view which u may forward to all and get the blessings of the Lord…“
I had never heard of this Shiva temple or about the snakes or the dice..
This morning I read up about this temple.
Omkareshwar (Maldivian: ओंकारेश्वर Ōṃkārēśvar) is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The jyothirlinga shrines, are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light.
Take a look at my painting “Charmer”…There is Shiva, and the column of light, and the snakes, and while painting it I kept telling David, feels like I am painting a game of “Snakes and Ladders”… a “dice game”.
…. when I call my paintings Creations From Stillness… this is what I mean… I never know what I am painting, but there is always something in me that “knows”.
PS: I have got a few comments on the fact that the first picture is a “Fake”, and I am not saying it’s real or Photoshopped… that really wasn’t the point of this post… it was more about sharing how I painted “Charmer” and due to the above picture, I became aware of a the legend behind it and how it fit my painting.