1. Yakshagana is a traditional theatre which is the brain child of
a Vaishnavite saint Madhwacharya(13th century). It was later
popularised by Sri Narahari Thirtha Swamiji. The art form consists of
Himmela (Bhagawata or narrator and background music group which play
harmonium and chande or loud drum) and a Mummela (dance and dialogue
group.) The actors wear gorgeous costumes and enact various roles.
Yakshagana means the song (gana) of Yaksha; (a term for an exotic
tribe of ancient India.) Yakshagana is the recent (since 200 years)
scholastic name for what is known as Bayalata, Dasavatara, Ata, Kelike.
Traditionally, Yakshagana would go on all night. Two major forms of
Yakshagana that are prevalent are–Tenku(=South) tittu and Badagu (=North)
tittu. Main attractions of this art form are the gorgeous masks and costumes
and moving scripts taken from the epics of India.
2.In Thailand, years are based on the Buddhist era (B.E.), which started 543
years earlier than the Christian era.Thus the year 2010AD is recognised as
3.Four yugas are:
Kruta yuga——-7,28,000 years.
Treta yuga——12,96,000 years.
dwapara yuga — 8,64,000 years.
1 Divine year=4 yugas.
1 Manvantara=71 yugas.(=306,720,000Earth Years)
Each Manvantara is ruled by a a specific Manu; there is
a different Indra, a different Agni(=fire god), a different
set of Sapta rishis(seven sages) and all deities including Vishnu.
14 manvantaras constitute a cycle (Kalpa)
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