The White Doves
poem and snaps
Research and surveys
conclusion (click here)
Behind the scene
.Background music- a rare Indo-Japanese fusion rendition by Pandit Ravi Shankar from the album 'Vision Of Peace'
Note how Indian musical instruments can very well be used to play the
traditional Japanese music (background music).
The Chola empire was based in South India and the emperor was Raja
Raja Brihadeeshwara. His empire extended till South East Asia. That is
why you find an unmistakable Tamil (South Indian) influence in countries
like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bali (Indonesia).
are a few examples of this influence. Tamil is accorded the status of
official language in Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Why, in fact,
word 'Singapore' comes from the Sanskritised Tamil word 'singam'
meaning lion and 'poram' meaning city/town.
Malaysian hoardings and a newspaper strip in Tamil.
Influence of Hinduism in Japan:
Benzaiten Goddess is the Japanese name for the Hindu Goddess
Saraswati. Both are Goddesses of knowledge, music, water and arts. The
Japanese name for her father is dragon King Munetsuchi meaning 'lake
without heat' and the Hindu name of her father is Anavatapta meaning
something similar i.e lake in the centre of the world.
Both Goddesses rest
on a lotus and play similar stringed musical
instruments namely, Biwa
(Japanese) and the Veena ( Hindu). The
temple shown above is in
Lord Krishna's (Hindu god) depiction in Todaiji Temple in Japan and on a
Picture for comparison :
SLIDE 5, 6 & 7 -GARUDA
(in Hinduism is the eagle Vahana or the vehicle of Lord Vishnu):
It is believed that some Chinese people had come to India and had taken
back some of the Indian culture with them. So, it is pertaining to this that
GARUDA is also religious and national symbol in countries like:
Myanmar ( called 'Grud')
Thailand as national and religious symbol 'Khrut'
Cambodia and Malaysia as 'Geroda' (national)
Mongolia as ' Garid/khan Garid'(Khan gets added due to the Islamic
nature of the Nation) &
Indonesia's national symbol and airline flag carrier(Garuda airlines).
Two Indonesian coins in my collection with 'Garuda' as the effigy.
Clockwise from top right- Thai Garuda, Mongolian 'Garid' and 18 feet
tall 'Garuda' statue in Bali, Indonesia.
Golden 'Garudas' in a Thai temple.
A 20000 rupiah (note that the currency name is also very similar to that
of India's .i.e- rupaiah / rupee) note from Indonesia depicting the Hindu deity, Lord
'Ganesh' ( encircled ).
'Ravana' ( Sanskrit- dashakanth meaning 10 throats/heads) 's statue in
Thailand where he is known as 'Thotsakan' or 'doshakan'. Note the
similarity between the words.
[source- mother (Brehadeesh's) and accidentally jumping from link to link
on Wikipedia.for example- searching for 'Thailand' for commonalities
then seeing a link of 'Thailand airport' and then saying 'wow! I did not
know that the Thai airport has a Sanskrit name!'
Left: Saraswati Right: Bezaiten
picture for comparison.
Left- Krishna, Right - in Japan's Todaiji
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