25th November, 2019
Haripadman & Troupe (Kalakshetra Foundation), Bharatnatyam
Srikalahasteeswara Temple, Srikalahasti
Shivānubhūti explores various episodes from the life of Lord Shiva as taken from a variety of texts and compositions of antiquity. It attempts to capture the devotee’s singular, profound experience of devotion to Shiva, in duality; through the eyes of dancer and the spectator. Lord Shiva, the auspicious one, is one of the most venerated gods of the Hindu pantheon. He embodies the powers of creation, protection and destruction. He is at once most benign and benevolent as well as fierce and forbidding. He is Nataraja, the lord of dance, and Kshipraprasadi, one who is easily pleased by his devotees in whose hearts he reside.
Haripadman & Troupe
SriKalahasti temple is located 36 km away from Tirupathi in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradhesh, India. The inner temple is constructed around 5th century AD and the outer temple was constructed in the 12th Century AD.
Kalahasti has been known as the ‘Kailas of the South’ for slightly more than 2000 and the small river on whose banks it sits, the ‘Ganges of the South.’ It is one of the Panchabhootha Sthalams, enshrining the Vayu Linga (Air Linga). This is the only shrine for the Lord of Vayu in India.
The name of the town is a combination of three words, ‘Sri’ meaning a spider, ‘Kala’ meaning a serpent and ‘Hasti’ meaning an elephant. As per mythology, these three creatures are believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva at the site to attain salvation.