Narasiṁha:The Fierce Protector
The Half-Man, Half-Lion God
Especially revered in the southern regions of India, He is said to free us from any dark, violent, or malevolent energies – within ourselves or others. His worship cultivates profound courage and freedom from fear.
In this sacred art course, we will learn a mantra to invoke His blessing power, and also make our own icon of Narasiṁha. Beginning with a blank page, we will follow principles of sacred geometry as outlined in the ancient śilpa-śāstra-s.
The specific form we are drawing is Yoga-Narasiṁha, a very benevolent form that is suitable for a home altar. You do not need to have any prior art or spiritual training – there will be guidance every step of the way.
All lessons will be recorded and you can follow along at your own pace.
Live Class Schedule
April 9th, 2023: 10AM-12PM PDT; 5PM-7PM GMT
April 16th, 2023: 10AM-12PM PDT; 5PM-7PM GMT
Drdha Vrata Gorrick is an artist born and raised in the US and trained in the traditional arts in South India, bringing the best of both worlds to his creative practice. His work infuses new life into devotional art by combining styles from India and techniques learned from the west while staying within a Vedic tradition.
In addition to his art projects, Drdha enjoys teaching art and sharing his knowledge through online and in-person classes, workshops and collaborations.
Dr. Borayin Larios teaches at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna and is assistant to the Chair of South Asian Studies. He holds an MA in Religious Studies from the Universities of Fribourg and Lausanne, Switzerland and a PhD in classical Indology from Heidelberg University in Germany. He authored ‘Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra’ published by DeGruyter Open Access in 2017.
Dr. Larios uses an interdisciplinary methodological approach, combining cultural anthropology, religious studies, and historical philology to understand the contemporary religious traditions of India. His main regional focus is in Maharashtra, with research interests that revolve around popular and everyday Hinduism expressed at wayside shrines in Indian cities. He has also been a practitioner of yoga and meditation since he was a child, and currently lives with his wife and two children in Vienna.