Monday, March 7, 2016

Navratri and Dandiya Raas in the Indus Valley?

Note: This article has been published on Esamskriti.

An Indus Valley seal discovered at Kalibangan - the Kalibangan cylinder seal K-65 - has a complex imagery. An impression of the seal shows two men dressed as warriors (wearing their hair in a divided bun at the back of the head) spearing each other. They are holding the hand of a lady who is wearing a long head-scarf, bangles in one arm, and a long skirt. Behind them is a woman partially dressed as a tiger, wearing a horned headdress with a leafy branch, head-scarf, bangles, and a long skirt.