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In the Shaiva shrines of South India, the wife of Mahadeva Shiva- Parvati, resides as Shivakamasundari – the beautiful woman who is the sole focus of Shiva’s passionate love. Resonating with her descriptions in the Hindu textual traditions, Devi Parvati in her sculptures appears as a divine amalgamation of yoga (spiritual attainment) and Bhoga (material fulfilments). Maa Parvati’s standing i
In the Shaiva shrines of South India, the wife of Mahadeva Shiva- Parvati, resides as Shivakamasunda
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Sri Hanuman is one of the most widely revered gods of the Hindu pantheon. This imposing, bejeweled statue of the Lord captures His divine appeal to perfection: the resplendence of all three looks pours forth from the skin, while His muscles give away His superhuman strength. The clenched fist, the parting of His legs, and the angle of His mace - without which His iconography is incomplete - are in
Sri Hanuman is one of the most widely revered gods of the Hindu pantheon. This imposing, bejeweled s
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The emergence of goddess Durga marked the power of feminism; she was created by the cosmic powers of the trinity and other gods to defeat the Buffalo demon Mahishasura. Goddess Durga is revered as Durga Nashini, which translates as ‘the one who eliminates suffering’, as she is the Shakti or Mother goddess in Hinduism. She is sculpted here with a single piece of white marble in lalitasana postu
The emergence of goddess Durga marked the power of feminism; she was created by the cosmic powers of
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Durga, identified as Adi Parashakti, is a principal and popular form of the Hindu Goddess. She is a goddess of war, the warrior form of Parvati, whose mythology centres around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity, and Dharma, the power of good over evil. Devi Durga is also a fierce form of the protective mother Goddess, who unleashes her divine wrath against the wicke
Durga, identified as Adi Parashakti, is a principal and popular form of the Hindu Goddess. She is a
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The tale of Pancamukha Hanuman from Ramayana tells of the monkey god’s battle with the King of Patala, Ahiravana, and his five celestial lamps. Hidden within the flames of these lamps, diverging away in five different directions, lay the soul of the daitya king. To kill Ahiravana the flames all needed to be extinguished at the same time. Lord Hanuman spouted five faces, each with a distinct pers
The tale of Pancamukha Hanuman from Ramayana tells of the monkey god’s battle with the King of Pat
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Salutations to Lord Ganesha -son of Uma-Mahadev, who has an elephant-head, being attended by the band of his followers (GANANATHA), dines his favourite wood-apple and rose–apple fruits, who is the cause of the destruction of all sorrows, Whose feet are like lotus. One should observe Ganesha with full devotion, feel his qualities and waves such as immensity, pride and fearlessness, immense streng
Salutations to Lord Ganesha -son of Uma-Mahadev, who has an elephant-head, being attended by the ban
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The five (‘pancha’) faces (‘mukha’) of Panchamukha Hanuman stand for the five means of worship that the great yogi extended to Lord Rama: naman, smaran, keerthanam, yacham, and arpanam. The faces are (from left to right) Lakshmi Varaha, Mahaveera Garuda, Anjaneya, Karala Ugraveera Narasimha, and Hayagriva. The Panchamukha on this page is possessed of eight arms (the ashtabhujadhari). The m
The five (‘pancha’) faces (‘mukha’) of Panchamukha Hanuman stand for the five means of worsh
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This exquisitely remarkable and stunning creation from the region of Swamimalai truly awes the viewer, whether for its artistic presence or religious sentiment. This skillful work of art truly encapsulates how a god’s image, or its ‘murti,’ rivets the devotee to the ground, making him lose his material bondings and wholeheartedly devote his life to the service of this benevolent and majestic
This exquisitely remarkable and stunning creation from the region of Swamimalai truly awes the viewe
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Renuka Mahar, also referred to as Renuga Mahar and Renumata Mahar, is a Hindu goddess worshipped predominantly in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and southern Indian states of, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh ancient Renuka Mahar / Yellamma Devi temple at Savadatti is one among the prominent Shakthi peetas in Karnataka, Mahar Renuka's temple at Mahur in Maharashtra is one of the shakti peet
Renuka Mahar, also referred to as Renuga Mahar and Renumata Mahar, is a Hindu goddess worshipped pre
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Lord Buddha hailed from a royal family, of the Shakya clan, hailing from the modern Indo-Nepal border. As a young man, he renounced his aristocratic heritage and embraced the life of an ascetic beggar. Buddha understood the fallacies of materialistic attachments. He taught to his followers that this attachment was the root of all suffering. It's notable however that Buddha never advocated com
Lord Buddha hailed from a royal family, of the Shakya clan, hailing from the modern Indo-Nepal borde
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Medicine Buddha is an extraordinary and precious healing meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism. the Buddhists recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha to overcome mental, physical, and spiritual problems. Not only the mantra, but the people also recite the name of the Medicine Buddha popularly known as Bhaisayaguru. The patient is to recite the long Medicine Buddha mantra 108 times over a glas
Medicine Buddha is an extraordinary and precious healing meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhi
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Lord Shiva, the auspicious one, is one of the principal deities of Hinduism and is also known as Mahadeva or the Supreme God. He is known for his attributes of being benign, the Beneficient, and the Lord and God. He possesses greater powers than most Hindu Gods and has incredible endurance and remarkable speed due to the increased reflexes from his four arms and can even manipulate power but not a
Lord Shiva, the auspicious one, is one of the principal deities of Hinduism and is also known as Mah
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Lord Ganapati is hailed as the chief of the celestial hosts and his various prayers recorded in Vedic texts invoke him as the Law of the laws, Seer of the seers, and Principal of the principals. This tiger eye sculpture of Ganesha is an entirely unique artifact to decorate your surroundings in the beauty of its creativity and the dazzling effect it reflects on being exposed to bright light. The go
Lord Ganapati is hailed as the chief of the celestial hosts and his various prayers recorded in Vedi
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Gautam Buddha, the first to attain Buddhahood, is the founder of Buddhism, primarily followed only by the people of Tibet, but now it is popularly revered all over the world. This brass statue of Buddha is a representation of his state where he teaches his followers the ways to achieve enlightenment. Lord Buddha sits in a lotus posture on an elongated lotus plinth, carved in a beautiful double lay
Gautam Buddha, the first to attain Buddhahood, is the founder of Buddhism, primarily followed only b
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Balaji is considered Lord Vishnu's Kaliyug Avatar. Lord Tirupati Balaji is believed to be so powerful that mere sight of the idol is enough to emancipate a man from a lifetime of suffering. Lord Venkateshwara Statue is a full four-armed representation of Vishnu. But only two are visible from the front. Lord Balaji is shown having a U shaped tilak on his forehead which is the signature style t
Balaji is considered Lord Vishnu's Kaliyug Avatar. Lord Tirupati Balaji is believed to be so po
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The art historian Partha Mitter, when writing his oft-cited masterpiece ‘Many Maligned Monsters,’ explained that European and Victorian sensibilities wrongly assumed the significance of Indian art – when they came across depictions of four or eight-armed gods and goddesses, often in striking and fierce moments vanquishing demons, Westerners thought that we had an underdeveloped sense of real
The art historian Partha Mitter, when writing his oft-cited masterpiece ‘Many Maligned Monsters,
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India’s rich spirituality begins with Lord Ganesha; softens the karma and guides dharma. Ganesha reigns over our beginnings, our changes, earthly decisions and problems. This wonderful Hindu deity is the one closest to the material plane of consciousness, most easily contacted and most able to assist us in our day-to-day life and concerns. The superfine carvings of this brass sculpture form a re
India’s rich spirituality begins with Lord Ganesha; softens the karma and guides dharma. Ganesha r
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The archaic period of art began to show interest in marble. Limestone sculpture is the art of creating, convincing realistic figure which produces natural and expressive movement. Such is the Saraswati sculpture. She is a marvel of knowledge, music, art, speech, and learning. The goddess is depicted as a beautiful woman clothed in pure white. She is garlanded in a golden throne which represents th
The archaic period of art began to show interest in marble. Limestone sculpture is the art of creati
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Maryada Purushottam Rama has been the 18th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. When Rama returned to Ayodhya with Sita, Lakshaman, and his foremost Sevak-bhakt Hanuman after killing Ravana & affecting his 14yr-Vanwas, his Rajyabhishek was solemnized and crowned as the Maharaja of Ayodhya. These mesmerising Shri Rama Durbar brass statues of Sri Ram – Lakshman- Janki & Bhakt Hanuman Statue are in
Maryada Purushottam Rama has been the 18th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. When Rama returned to Ayodhya
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This youthful, valiant posture of Ganesha, the epitome of achievement and self-mastery, sits in Utkutakasana pose on a throne having a rectangular brick-like base with two white mice carved on it, facing opposite directions, holding a laddoo and a long back curved at the top, orange in color, bordered with thick gold color. The chaturbhuja Ganesha holds laddoos (his favorite sweet) and radish, as
This youthful, valiant posture of Ganesha, the epitome of achievement and self-mastery, sits in Utku
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Much has been written about Ganesha. As Hindu dharma's most adorable boy-deity, He has inspired countless artisans and painters, and poets across the subcontinent since time immemorial; and how could He not? So overcome by love are His devotees - and so widespread His followers - that His form is ubiquitous on the streets, inside homes, and across commercial establishments in India. This is b
Much has been written about Ganesha. As Hindu dharma's most adorable boy-deity, He has inspired
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Nataraja is the most popular representation of the Hindu God Shiva. In Sanskrit, Nata means dance and raja means Lord. Shiva therefore is the 'King of Dancers'. To understand the concept of Nataraja we have to understand the idea of dance itself. Like yoga, dance induces trance, ecstasy and the experience of the divine. In India consequently, dance has flourished side by side with the te
Nataraja is the most popular representation of the Hindu God Shiva. In Sanskrit, Nata means dance an
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The urdhvatandava stance of the dancing Shiva is immortalised in the ancient Thillai Nataraja temple in Cidambaram. The murti that you see on this page depicts the Nataraja in this stance: the right leg is raised high behind the spine, such that the sole of the foot almost touches the back of His crown. Sculpted from pure brass, the dancing figure is balanced on the toes of the left foot. The Lord
The urdhvatandava stance of the dancing Shiva is immortalised in the ancient Thillai Nataraja temple
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This brass-statue represents a winged Naga-kanya, a maiden with a serpent’s lower half. Almost all ancient mythologies world-over comprise the concept of half man-half serpent and half maiden-half serpent, often interacting with the world of man. As regards the cult of man-serpent mixed forms, Indian mythology is far more elaborate though strangely while it talks with definiteness about diff
This brass-statue represents a winged Naga-kanya, a maiden with a serpent’s lower half. Almost all
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Lord Hanuman sits down balanced on a single knee. He sets the mace down to His right, and gathers His hands in the namaskaram mudra. This mudra conveys an acknowledgement of the divine contained within the entity afore oneself. In the case of the great Hanuman, it is none other than Lord Rama before whom He bows. The face with the protruding jaws that bear striking resemblance to a monkey.
Lord Hanuman sits down balanced on a single knee. He sets the mace down to His right, and gathers Hi
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