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The panchamukha-roopa is common to many deities in the Hindu pantheon. The word ‘panchamukha’ is a portmanteau of ‘pancha’, which means five, and ‘mukha’, which means face. The murti that you see on this page is of the Panchamukha Vinayaka (another name for Ganesha). Each of the five faces stands for the yogic koshas or layers of existence. It is a murti of Vengai wood, derived from a
The panchamukha-roopa is common to many deities in the Hindu pantheon. The word ‘panchamukha’ is
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Amoghapasha, which means "unfailing lasso," alludes to lasso-like compassion that brings all sentient creatures out of sorrow and into a state of happiness that leads to enlightenment. In Tantric Buddhist imagery, Amoghapasha is a convoluted god. In most creative renditions, he is easily confused with Avalokiteshvara. Scholars frequently confuse the two deities. When Avalokiteshvara is t
Amoghapasha, which means "unfailing lasso," alludes to lasso-like compassion that brings a
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Beneath a Kirtimukham prabhavali (aureole), stands the gentle Lord Ganesha. The superb proportions of Kirtimukham contrast sharply with the chubby child’s form of the standing Ganesha idol. So does the diametric variation in the expressions - the former is a paragon of all-consuming ferocity, while the latter is widely worshipped for its childlike gentleness. The Lord Ganesha statue that you see
Beneath a Kirtimukham prabhavali (aureole), stands the gentle Lord Ganesha. The superb proportions o
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Sri Maha Shodashi is a Hindu goddess and is an aspect of Mahadevi mainly worshipped in Shaktism, a goddess-oriented sect of Hinduism. She is also revered as one of the prominent Mahavidyas. She is glorified in many Shakta texts, with Lalita Sahasranama being the most popular one. Sri Maha Shodashi is also known as Tripura Sundari, Rajarajeshwari, and Lalita. She is a personification of Supreme Ene
Sri Maha Shodashi is a Hindu goddess and is an aspect of Mahadevi mainly worshipped in Shaktism, a g
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A many-layered Ganesha idol, designed for the finest home or office temple. A traditional-style plinth carved with elongated lotus petals. Featuring a simple floral structure down the frontal midline. The mouse vahana of gigantic proportions, on all four on its surface. It is craning its head back to glance at the Lord Ganesha statue on its back. This Ganesha murti depicts the chaturbhujadhari Lor
A many-layered Ganesha idol, designed for the finest home or office temple. A traditional-style plin
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The teachings of Lord Buddha form the basis of the Buddhist tradition. Buddha literally means ‘awakened’ who conferred the path to nirvana. This large chocolate-shaded wooden Buddha head is an alluring statue that can beautifully ornament the entrance of your hotel or office receptions. A Buddha's head is opined to be a symbol of confidence, compassion, knowledge, and good luck. The most
The teachings of Lord Buddha form the basis of the Buddhist tradition. Buddha literally means ‘awa
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Polished with a golden sheen and cast in bronze, the majestic Hanuman kneels in the form of Panchamukhi (five-headed) on this sculpture. All his five heads stare off in five different directions, eternalised at the moment he defeats Ahiravana in the warm depths of the underworld. During the battle between Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana, the latter went to the ruler of the netherworld seeking
Polished with a golden sheen and cast in bronze, the majestic Hanuman kneels in the form of Panchamu
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An embossed square-shaped panel depicting Devi Sarasvati. Nestled upon the belly of a gigantic lotus bloom, She floats about on the bosom of the steadily flowing Ganges. She is playing on Her veena, which She cradles in Her anterior arms (in Her posterior hands, the chaturbhujadharini holds a rosary and a pothi or manuscript). The implements in Sarasvati’s hands convey Her status as the presidin
An embossed square-shaped panel depicting Devi Sarasvati. Nestled upon the belly of a gigantic lotus
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The Mother Kali is an unusual deity. The hallmarks of the Hindu Devi are all in Her. She is supremely beautiful, a yogini of the highest adhikara, and bears superlative strength. Yet, She is unlike anything, you have ever set eyes on. For one, wrath is an integral part of Her personality. While the rest of the feminine pantheon are depicted as calm and reserved, Devi Kali comes with an iconogr
The Mother Kali is an unusual deity. The hallmarks of the Hindu Devi are all in Her. She is supremel
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Varahi, a supremely powerful Tantric goddess is one of the Sapt-Matrikas, seven mother goddesses who accompany goddess Durga to the battlefield as per Shakta tradition. The sow-faced goddess is considered a mighty incarnation of the divine mother and the counterpart of Vishnu’s Varaha avatar. In the Tantric traditions, she is often described as a warrior but for her children, she takes the form
Varahi, a supremely powerful Tantric goddess is one of the Sapt-Matrikas, seven mother goddesses who
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The art-loving Hoysala dynasty of Karnataka was responsible for building a number of temples between the 10th the 14th centuries. They lent their name to a timeless standard of architecture, iconography, and aesthetics, a fine example of which could be seen on this page. It is a murti of Lord Vishnu with His wives, Bhudevi and Shridevi. The tall, slender form. The proportions between limb and crow
The art-loving Hoysala dynasty of Karnataka was responsible for building a number of temples between
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Devi Mariamman is the name given in South India to the more recognisable Sheetala Mata. She is known to infuse Her devotees with divine cool and calm ('sheetal' in Sanskrit means 'cool'). In Tamil, the suffix 'amma' stands for 'mother', denoting the nature of the people's devotion to Her. She has been traditionally worshipped as the curer and eradicator
Devi Mariamman is the name given in South India to the more recognisable Sheetala Mata. She is known
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A compactly carved figure of Devi Lakshmi. Poised within a makeshift temple on a double-layered lotus-bloom plinth. From the iconography to the style of the surrounding temple structure, this composition borrows heavily from Hoysala aesthetics. It is the name given to the art and architecture that flourished under the patronage of the Hoysala rulers in South India. The tradition dates back to the
A compactly carved figure of Devi Lakshmi. Poised within a makeshift temple on a double-layered lotu
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Shitala Mata is a folk deity and an incarnation of supreme Goddess Durga; cures poxes, sores, ghouls, pustules, and diseases. Shitala literally means ‘one who cools’ and is referred to as ‘ma’ or ‘mata’ as she, just like a mother cures her children of diseases and other evil spirits and ghosts. She is known by various names, Jagrani (queen of the world), Karunamayi (full of mercy), Man
Shitala Mata is a folk deity and an incarnation of supreme Goddess Durga; cures poxes, sores, ghouls
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A simple, time-tested image of the seated Shakyamuni. The epithet Shakyamuni refers to the rulership (‘muni’) of the Buddha’s family over the Shakya clan. It is a traditional thangka made with age-old painting techniques (acrylics, gouache) set off by subtle metallic infusions in pure 24K gold. Everything about this thangka is in keeping with the traditional iconography of the Buddha. Legs g
A simple, time-tested image of the seated Shakyamuni. The epithet Shakyamuni refers to the rulership
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Krishna is the most popular subject of choice for artistes in India. The predominant deity to be featured in paintings and sculptors, is because He is to most Hindus the superlative of all Indian deities. He is portrayed as the most handsome of youths, the calmest and wisest of minds to have descended on ihloka (our actual realm of existence), and the most divine of all flutists. The stance that H
Krishna is the most popular subject of choice for artistes in India. The predominant deity to be fea
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Krishna or Kanhaiyya is the major deity in Hinduism. He is revered as the God of love, compassion and tenderness. He is also regarded as the eighth avatar of God Vishnu. He is reflected through the legends of Mahabharata, Bhagavada purana and Bhagavad Gita, portraying him as God's child, a lover and a divine hero. Janmashtami, his birthday, is celebrated, with great enthusiasm, as son
Krishna or Kanhaiyya is the major deity in Hinduism. He is revered as the God of love, compassion an
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The image of the Sheshashayi Vishnu induces great calm and stability in the mind of the devotee. Shesha is the name of the naga (snake) on whose coils the Lord lies in sleep, which is the Sanskrit word for 'end'; 'shayi' in Sanskrit stands for one who is lain down. It is the volatile moment between destruction and re-projection, the transitional state between two cycles of time
The image of the Sheshashayi Vishnu induces great calm and stability in the mind of the devotee. She
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Off the flute of the young and handsome Lord Venugopala, emerges divine music. The kind that perpetrated the woods and alleyways of Vrindavan not so long ago. The kind that uplifts and cleanses and elevates, makes space in the heart for bhakti. The desi cow that supports the figure of Lord Krishna in this composition is the very picture of bhakti. He looks up at his friend, the neck at a sharp ang
Off the flute of the young and handsome Lord Venugopala, emerges divine music. The kind that perpetr
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Haloed Standing Lakshmi Blesses You With A Steady Stream Of Plenty In Brass
Haloed Standing Lakshmi Blesses You With A Steady Stream Of Plenty In Brass
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The embodiment of sacrifice and the savior of Earth, Vishnu’s third avatar, Varaha, is presented in a highly charged form in this ‘panchaloha’ bronze sculptural image, along with his consort Varahi, or the Earth goddess Bhudevi. This visual presentation is also symbolic of what Hinduism today celebrates as Varaha Jayanti, which marks the mythological celebration of Varaha defeating Hiranyaks
The embodiment of sacrifice and the savior of Earth, Vishnu’s third avatar, Varaha, is presented i
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We devote our thought to the one-tusked Lord, Aum ekadantaya vidmahe, vakratundaya dhimahe, tanno dantih prachodayat. We meditate upon Him who has a curved trunk. May the tusked One guide us on the right path. This is precisely for what we worship Lord Ganesh. The single tusked, or the one tusk broken form of Ganesh suggests that for accomplishing his devotee's prayer he would not hesitate in
We devote our thought to the one-tusked Lord, Aum ekadantaya vidmahe, vakratundaya dhimahe, tanno da
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Garuda 'the devourer' is the mythical 'Lord of birds' in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In the Hindu Puranic legends, Garuda is the son of Kashyapa and Vinata. He is said to have emerged, fully grown, from an egg, after incubating for five hundred years. Garuda has always been the sworn enemy of snakes and nagas. The archetypal legend of the enmity that exists between
Garuda 'the devourer' is the mythical 'Lord of birds' in both the Hindu and Budd
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The tall, beauteous, and stately Lakshmiji blesses the devotee with plenty. The wife of none other than the great Vishnu, She presides over wealth which is the necessary means to His function of preserving creation through destruction. She has been given the resplendent finish of pale gold, Her saree draped in modern-day urban North Indian style. On Her head sits a skillfully carved crown, fro
The tall, beauteous, and stately Lakshmiji blesses the devotee with plenty. The wife of none other t
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The serene Lakshmi Devi is seated in lalitasana. Her throne is a gigantic lotus in full bloom. At the base of this lotus-shaped throne is another lotus bloom of more realistic proportions. On its belly cradles the foot of Laxmi Mata’s pendant limb. The posterior of Her four arms bear lotuses, while Her anterior hands are in the mudras of aashirvada (blessing) and Abhaya (fearlessness). This is t
The serene Lakshmi Devi is seated in lalitasana. Her throne is a gigantic lotus in full bloom. At th
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