Kamadhenu, the sacred cow which grants all wishes and desires, is an integral part of Hindu mythology. This divine cow, which lives in swargalok (heaven), emerged from the ocean of milk (kshira-sagar) at the time of samudra-manthan (the great churning of the ocean by the gods (suras) and demons (asuras). It was presented to the seven sages by the Gods, and in course of time came into the possession of Sage Vasishta.

Kamadhenu, the sacred cow which grants all wishes and desires, is an integral part of Hindu mythology. This divine cow, which lives in swargalok (heaven), emerged from the ocean of milk (kshira-sagar) at the time of samudra-manthan (the great churning of the ocean by the gods (suras) and demons (asuras). It was presented to the seven sages by the Gods, and in course of time came into the possession of Sage Vasishta.

To gaze on Krishna was my greatest wish, Yet seeing him was filled with danger. Gazing has bewitched me, no will remains, I cannot speak or hear. Like monsoon clouds, http://navinkumar.com/book/rajput_h6.htmMy eyes pour water. My heart flutters. O friend, why ever did I see him And with such joy deliver him my life?

To gaze on Krishna was my greatest wish, Yet seeing him was filled with danger. Gazing has bewitched me, no will remains, I cannot speak or hear. Like monsoon clouds, http://navinkumar.com/book/rajput_h6.htmMy eyes pour water. My heart flutters. O friend, why ever did I see him And with such joy deliver him my life?

Celestial Love Paintings Detail - All India Arts. Artist: Yogendra Rastogi http://www.allindiaarts.com/painting_detail.asp?paint_id=398=eu

Celestial Love Paintings Detail - All India Arts. Artist: Yogendra Rastogi http://www.allindiaarts.com/painting_detail.asp?paint_id=398=eu

The Hindu deity Shani is often represented as being mounted on a giant black raven or crow. As protector of property, Shani is able to repress the thieving tendencies of these birds.

The Hindu deity Shani is often represented as being mounted on a giant black raven or crow. As protector of property, Shani is able to repress the thieving tendencies of these birds.

Lovers playing with fireworks. Painted on paper. Punjab Hills, ca 1800. (via British Museum)

Lovers playing with fireworks. Painted on paper. Punjab Hills, ca 1800. (via British Museum)

the goddess durga on her lion kills the demon mahishasura, 1880, kalighat school

the goddess durga on her lion kills the demon mahishasura, 1880, kalighat school

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