Sometimes in life we get carried away by certain things so much that we involuntarily do all the research and devour the entire web to know about that in depth. That may be a temporary momentum, yet you feel a strong desire to hit the rock bottom of what is it all about.It could be related to a person, profession or even accessories.

I recently had one such Epiphany , a long lost love, which immediately got me on my toes. All thanks to Neelima, who got me thinking hard on it. She posted a small question asking the name of a certain motif on her FB page of Kumari Collections (who sell premium Kanchivaram products). The moment it flashed on my screen was when I went running towards my Grand mom for help. Well, she guessed it as Garuda, but I knew it wasn’t that. Later that evening the question still got me hooked and I was searching frantically all over the web.Alas!! I had my Eureka moment!! It was the majestic Gandaberunda!!

The Gandaberunda motifs
The Gandaberunda motifs
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How on earth that this die hard fan of Bengaluru forget about the iconic 500 year old Gandaberunda emblem? Well the connection ? That it is the royal insignia of the Wadiyars and that it proudly flaps on the state flag of Karnataka.Then came back all the memories of this mystical creature, as I recalled all the child hood stories my Grandpa told me about the Gandaberunda.

The wadayar couple with the Gandaberunda emblem
The wadayar couple with the Gandaberunda emblem

Long story short, after Lord Vishnu Incarnated as Narasimha and slayed Hiranyakashapa, Lord Shiva was requested to takes up various incarnations to tackle the aggressiveness of Lord Narasimha. Lord Shiva then took the form of Sharabha while the Gandaberunda was a physical form displayed by Narasimha.Gandaberunda, having two heads, fearful rows of teeth, black in complexion and with wide blazing wings fought with Shiva-Sharabha for eighteen days and finally held it between his two beaks and killed Sharabha.”

The Gandaberunda palla for a Kanchivaram Saree
The Gandaberunda palla for a Kanchivaram Saree
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And the last sentence above is what got me fascinated. Immense strength and Unmatched power.No doubt why the Vijayanagara empire used this symbol, the first known kingdom to use the Gandaberunda emblem for official purposes.

Gandaberunda on a Blouse
Gandaberunda on a Blouse

After all the gyan I got on the Gandaberunda, I felt a strong urge to own a little piece of artefact that depicts this royalty and that’s when I realised that I was in candy store. The little search helped me find Jewellery designs, Saree motifs and even home decor items which¬†delineate this regal Gandaberunda.

As much as I loved the saree from Kumari Collections which depicted the Gandaberunda, my heart craves for the handcrafted Gandaberunda pendant which I wish would see all my future generations. *I feel old already.*

The Gandaberunda pendant
The Gandaberunda pendant
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This also gets me down to a point where it feel like, we humans, we run harder to keep up the with the pace of advancing lifestyle and probably we are doing it at the cost of the long standing glory of our history, but then at the end of the day isn’t it the literature , art and feeling of love is what a human heart craves for?

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