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How to wear flowers in your hair.

The gajra - a flower garland often composed of small coloured and/or fragrant flowers - is the most  common hair decoration in India. Jasmine is the most commonly used flower, of its varieties kunda appears often in Sanskirt literature. 

Other commonly used flowers for hair garlands include the aboli (also pic 2), bakul,  champaka and mixed garlands of flowers, leaves and roots (kadambam).  

It used to be that you could plait the ketaki (screwlife) into the hair but I haven’t seen this in a long time.  

The five-faced Shiva 
India; Himachal Pradesh state, former kingdom of Mandi
ca. 1730-40. Opaque watercolor on paper
Photo courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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The five-faced Shiva
India; Himachal Pradesh state, former kingdom of Mandi
ca. 1730-40. Opaque watercolor on paper
Photo courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
(via arty.net)

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Lord Badrinath (via stephen-knapp.com)

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Bala Shiva

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Dasha Mahavidyas
Mahavidyas (Great Wisdoms) or Dasha-Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspects of the Divine Mother Durga or Kali herself or Devi in Hinduism. 
(via Shri yoga devi)

Dasha Mahavidyas
Mahavidyas (Great Wisdoms) or Dasha-Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspects of the Divine Mother Durga or Kali herself or Devi in Hinduism.
(via Shri yoga devi)

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Sri Lakshmi Narasimha
(via Hindu Divotional Blog)

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha
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food, .
life, .
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Shri Shiv Chalisa, Forty Verse Prayer to Lord Shiva
Booklet published by Manoj Publications
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cleophatrajones:

I want them all

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