“Dark is not just beautiful, but divine”
I always wonder with happiness!
In Indian culture, there is a saying that we have Gods & Goddesses in 36 variations to worship and we feel both peace and happiness in worshipping them in their own different ways.
Well, as far we have seen in the journey of teen to adult, the varied forms of various Gods are mostly portrayed as white in color. But, what the same God will be seen in a dark and dusky look?
Naresh Nil and Bhardwaj Sundar, the two young Chennai filmmaker have decided to re-imagined our Gods and Goddesses as ‘dark-skinned’ and modify the color from fair to dark.
However, photographer Naresh Nil shared pictures on Facebook with the caption read as:
Divinity has many forms, and colors have been used in various ways to depict the Divine. The jury is out, but in common culture, we still find godliness being depicted through ‘white’ or ‘fair’ skin, right from the small photo of God in the neighborhood store, to the big framed photo hanging inside a house.
By depicting Gods we revere as dark-skinned, this initiative aims to celebrate a different view of their divinity, serenity and all-pervasive beauty by going beyond perceptions.
Dark is not just beautiful, but divine.
Here are the pictures have a look:
Goddess Saraswati’s purity is as boundless as the knowledge she bestows on the world. Her lustre is divine in all her forms and her grace guides mortals to attain consciousness, cosmic knowledge, and moksha.
2. Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva is boundless, with no beginning or end. He is revered in various forms, colours and names, and here he has been depicted as dark-skinned, deep in samadhi, in his transcendental, all-embracing form.
3. Goddess Lakshmi
The beauty of Goddess Lakshmi is resplendent as the sun, with her lustre like fire and radiance like gold. She brings material and spiritual prosperity to those who invoke her grace.
4. Goddess Durga
Goddess Durga, the supreme power. She has been depicted here as dark skinned and looking resplendent as she restores peace and harmony in the universe.
5. Bala Krishna
With the entire universe residing within him, Bala Krishna is depicted as dark-skinned here, with his innocence and playfulness shining through as he looks towards the pot of butter. His leelas are divine and he is beautiful in all his forms.
6. Bala Murugan
Bala Murugan is a form of Lord Subrahmanya, depicted here in his assumed form as a young recluse, dressed modestly, without fineries and shorn off his looks. Shown as dark-skinned, his serenity is reflected through his being.
7. Mother Sita and her children, Lava and Kusha:
This incredibly pleasing and divine depiction of Mother Sita, with her children, Lava and Kusha show the three surrounded by peace and tranquility, with the love of the Mother towards her children and their adoration for her shining through.
All, we can say in the end, “Dark Is Indeed Divine & Beautiful”
All images courtesy: Naresh Nil Photography