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                 Prayer Flags or Patakas

These are commonly see in the Himalayan belt. The locals believe that the prayers written on these flags are passed on to their loved ones by the wind which pass through it. These colorful pieces are usually made of Muslin cloth. The ones made by me are in Ceramic with Mantras written in Sanskrit. These Shlokas or Mantras are about nature, they are from the Vedas,the Holy Books in Hinduism.These 4 vedas set guidlines about how to live your life. There are study nature,philosophies and Mythological stories.The Gods are based on nature or attributes derieved from nature. Brahma is the creator,Vishu nutures the creation, Shiva destroyes and give space to recreate. All the elements of nature are then classified with diffrerent demigods who are ruled by the three main gods .Each Flag has a Symbolic representation of the 5 elements of Nature and the Mantra associated to it. The motifs are associated to the the Hyms .They are in salutation of the Sun, Moon, Trees or even Mother Nature. As a part of the ritual or culture a person recites them every morning and evening.

My installation is inspired from the practise and philoshophical virtues of these rituals. A salutation to Nature or you can say a poetry to Nature.A brief explantion of each symbol and the Shloka(Hymn) is given below. For more detailed information please do write to me.






Brahma Gayatri – In Hinduism, Brahma is the god of Creation .The symbolic forms of trees are often associated with him. They represent growth and abundance. The hymn is the salutation of this creator, thanking Mother Nature. Brahma is also referred as Satva meaning the core or soul or seed of creation. Here we specifically salute this.

Surya Gayatri- commonly known as Gayatri mantra, is a salutation to the Sun. The poem applauds the energy it brings to the Earth. The hymns says, as a token of gratitude we bow are head and promise to be mindful of the gift you have so unconditional bestowed upon us.

Every household in India has this plant. Holy Basil or Tulsi in Sanskrit. The hymn praises and acknowledges the importance of this plant. The medicinal properties and the relation to the cultural aspect of the society makes it a very important plant to have in India. Usually this plant is planted in a special planter called Vrindavan and placed in front of the entrance. This creates a very welcoming and pleasant feeling for all those who visit you. Not only that, the ambience creates a warm feeling of home and tells us that we should leave all our troubles at the Vrindaven before entering our home. The poem concludes by asking the plant its blessing.

 

MahaDeva Gayatri – The lord of Destruction –SHIVA. He is considered the mighty and powerful. And often referred with physical strength. So his weapon of choice is the trident and animal is Bull. The poem seeks his blessing as it believes that great power comes with greater responsibility. And one needs to realize that destruction is a part of life. And when Mother Nature brings destruction it also brings new creations and we as humble being accept both with open hands. The bull symbolizes the physical and mental peace which when disrupted can be hazardous. .

Saraswati pujan- Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge. In the Hindu mythology she is pure, wise and musically inclined. Her persona represents that knowledge is vast and infinite. She plays a string instrument Veena and is always placed over a lotus in a pond and with a forest background. The triangular symbols denote infinite loop, the more you learn the more you find. The symbolism are gestures signifying that keeping the balance between all the elements is the path of enlightment.

Krishna gayatri – This poem is in praise of the mythological lord Krishna. In the Vedas, he is the form of Vishnu who is god of prosperity. The symbol is Chakra and is responsible for the nurturing of all beings. Also associated with water and wind. It also reminds us that we are just a droplet in this Universe and the power of nature can swirls us anytime.


Surya Gayatri- commonly known as Gayatri mantra, is a salutation to the Sun. The poem applauds the energy it brings to the Earth. The hymns says, as a token of gratitude we bow are head and promise to be mindful of the gift you have so unconditional bestowed upon us.

Nagamstotrum- This is a special hymn for the snakes. It also represents the rodents and other small animals that are part of our eco system. The poem applauds and respects their existences.

Krishna gayatri – This poem is in praise of the mythological lord Krishna. In the Vedas, he is the form of Vishnu who is god of prosperity. The symbol is Chakra and is responsible for the nurturing of all beings. Also associated with water and wind. Each of the hymns is thanking for these elements. They also praise the feeling of satisfaction one has when the quench is fulfilled by drinking water.At the same time the poem applauds the god for the rain cycle.

These are four hymns for Earth (prithvi) Fire(Agni) Wind (Hanuman) Water (Varun).

 Each poem applauds the four elements and thank them for bestowing these precious gift on Mankind.

Prithvi Gayatri – This is the mantra praising earth. It is celebrating the joy of being born on this earth. At the same time bowing to her for your existence. The symbol of spiral tree, a pot with mango leaves and coconut represents the 5 elements.

MahaDeva Gayatri – The lord of Destruction –SHIVA. He is considered the mighty and powerful. And often referred with physical strength. So his weapon of choice is the trident and animal is Bull. The poem seeks his blessing as it believes that great power comes with greater responsibility. And one needs to realize that destruction is a part of life. And when Mother Nature brings destruction it also brings new creations and we as humble being accept both with open hands. The bull symbolizes the physical and mental peace which when disrupted can be hazardous. At the same time ,like a bull who can be carm even in humble surroundings one should remeber that peace lies within us even when in kaos.

Navagraha shlokas- These are front the compilation of the Mantras for the planets and heavenly bodies. Every element in nature is important and has a role to play, these Shlokas or hymns narrate the importance of these objects. They also appreciate their presence.

Saraswati pujan- Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge. In the Hindu mythology she is pure, wise and musically inclined. Her persona represents that knowledge is vast and infinite. She plays a string instrument Veena and is always placed over a lotus in a pond and with a forest background.The instrument symbolizes the that knowledge is like notes,when played in harmony with nature are melodious. The triangular symbols denote infinite loop, the more you learn the more you find. The symbolism are gestures signifying that keeping the balance between all the elements is the path of enlightment.

Laxmi Gayatri – Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. This hymn salutes the goddess for the wealth of natural resources it has bestowed upon us. It also applauds the Beauty and grace of the gift. Lotus symbolizes the richness a flower can bring even in the muddy waters

This hymn is a salutaion to every creature. Every being is there for a reason, it teches you and has am impact of your life. The symbol is Chitravali,usually drawn in front of your door. Even a starnge is welcomed in the house with smile. The prayer urges you to respect evrything around you without prior judgement and be welcoming to evrything that comes your way.

Brahma Gayatri – In Hinduism, Brahma is the god of Creation .The symbolic forms of trees are often associated with him. They represent growth and abundance. The hymn is the salutation of this creator, thanking Mother Nature. Brahma is also referred as Satva meaning the core or soul or seed of creation. Here we specifically salute this.

Suraya Namaskar – Literal meaning is greetings to the Sun. It is a combination of Yoga exercises and the mantra. , we offer our most humble obeisance to the great source without which, our lives would not be possible. They hymn narrates the strength and energy that is derived from Sun. It say that our body and soul humbly bow before you and we are eternally grateful to you.

Krishna gayatri – This poem is in praise of the mythological lord Krishna. In the Vedas, he is the form of Vishnu who is god of prosperity. The symbol of a conch shell is blown to ward of the evil. Also associated with water and wind. Each of the hymns is thanking for these elements. They also praise the feeling of satisfaction one has when the quench is fulfilled by drinking water. At the same time the poem applauds the god for the rain cycle.

Prithvi Gayatri – This is the mantra praising earth. It is celebrating the joy of being born on this earth. At the same time bowing to her for your existence. The symbol of spiral tree, a pot with mango leaves and coconut represents the 5 elements.

Vruksha prashansa- PRAISING THE TREE.This poem praises the beauty of a tree. The mighty trunk, the rustling leaves and serenity it brings to oneself. It also applauds the greatness of the tree for providing food, shelter, and clothing. The unconditional love it showers on all the beings on earth.

Krishna gayatri – This poem is in praise of the mythological lord Krishna. In the Vedas, he is the form of Vishnu who is god of prosperity. The symbol is Chakra and is responsible for the nurturing of all beings. Also associated with water and wind. Each of the hymns is thanking for these elements. They also praise the feeling of satisfaction one has when the quench is fulfilled by drinking water. At the same time the poem applauds the god for the rain cycle.

Prithvi Gayatri – This is the mantra praising earth. It is celebrating the joy of being born on this earth. At the same time bowing to her for ones existence. The symbol of spiral tree, represents the 5 elements. This particular Symbol is across different religion and eras. The centre is the energy balances between Fire,water and wind. Together they form Mother Earth.

 

This Hymn, is in praise of the wind. It narrates the journey of the monkey god (Hanuman). Through the eyes of Hanuman one can see how wind passes through every being and is binding force between all. At the same time it highlights the the belief that the vibrations created by the bell wards of evil. In Hinduism it is believed that the sound OHM creates a drip of energy around the person  and brings peace to the inner self.

 

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