Dark complexioned Hindu Gods: Chennai filmmaker's version of our deities is utterly beautiful and divine

Have you ever wondered why most of our Gods are depicted as 'light-skinned'?

Well, we certainly have!

The fact that Lord Krishna often complained about being 'dark-skinned' as per the books, and yet you almost always have a fairer version of him, depicted on-screen as well as on temples and other religious places - makes you think if our obsession with the 'fairer complexion' has reached over to our deities and how we perceive our gods or anything 'godly', in general.

The depiction often propagates the image and perception, that the ones being worshiped are by default fair skinned. The kids who grow up seeing their gods belonging only to a certain complexion, have the tendency to associate superiority and 'godliness' with only that particular shade.

And in a country where the vast majority of population possess a greater density of melanin (read dark-skinned), the image is regressive to say the least.

Challenging that very notion, two Chennai filmmakers have attempted to create a 'darker version' of Hindu deity figures and it is as astonishingly beautiful and divine as you can imagine.



Naresh Nil and Bhardwaj Sundar, posted reimagined versions of Hindu gods and the pictures are absolutely breathtaking.

"By depicting Gods we revere as dark-skinned, this initiative aims to celebrate a different view of their divinity, serenity and all-pervasive beauty by going beyond perceptions. Dark is not just beautiful, but divine."

Check it our for yourself:

GODDESS LAXMI






GODDESS DURGA



GODDESS SARASWATI



LORD SIVA



LORD BALA MURUGAN






MOTHER SITA WITH LUV AND KUSHA



BALA KRISHNA



Stunning, aren't they?

What do you think?

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