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30" Large OM (AUM) Wall Hanging In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

Aum is the most important syllable in Hindu chanting. It is the beginning as well as the culmination of every mantra in the divine language of Sanskrt. It is a composite of three different phonetics, namely ‘a’, followed by ‘u’, and finally ‘m’. Contained within the aum is the entire linguistic range of man; as such, chanting aum is to have chanted the Vedas and all of itihasa. A powerful syllable such as the aum is the sounding board of all spoken languages, the pronunciation of which is indispensable to the practice of yoga.


The wall-hanging that you see on this page is the Brahmi symbol for aum. It is sculpted from pure brass and has the characteristic golden sheen of the medium. It is a minimalistic composition, a mere set of strategically juxtaposed curves, with a great deal of meaning. It takes a remarkable degree of skill to fashion something so simple yet so pregnant with meaning. Note the near-perfect ratio and proportion of the curves of the Brahmi letter.

60" Superfine and Super Large Radha & Krishna | Handmade | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

Krishna is the eighth incarnation of God Vishnu. His death marks the end of Dwaparayuga and the start of the Kaliyuga. He is one of the most popular of all Hindu deities and revered as a direct channel to God Vishnu’s celestial form. There are numerous stories sung of him and Radha, an avatar of Lakshmi, who is said to accompany him in all of his ten incarnations.


36" Large Fine Quality Buddha in Dhyana Mudra | Handmade
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36" Large Fine Quality Buddha in Dhyana Mudra | Handmade

On a double-tiered lotus-shaped throne, the seated Buddha plunges into contemplation. The word is samadhi, a term from the yogasootras which translates to profound, keen contemplation. Robes of gold and scarlet (two different colour variations) blend in with the hue of the petals of the lotus, as if the erstwhile Shakyamuni is now one with the lotus flower.


It is no wonder that the lotus flower occupies pride of place in Buddhist iconography. It is foremost a symbol of yogic chastity, given that it blooms in all its beauty and strength no matter the harshness of the circumstances. Siddhartha Gautama, having wandered and begged and committed grave penances, is no less than the lotus.


Legs in perfect padmasana, hands gathered in His lap with the palms facing skywards. The regal bearing of the back and shoulder and neck. Finally, a handsome face bearing every sign of prolonged introspection: half-shut eyes, earlobes lengthened by wisdom, and a tender mouth.

Secrets of Marma: The Lost Secrets of Ayurveda (A Comprehensive Text Book of Ayurvedic Vital Points)
About the Author:

Dr. Avinash Lele is the director of the International Academy of Ayurveda which is imparting education of Ayurveda, both in theory and practicals in Massage, Panchakarma, Marma, and other special methods in Ayurveda. In his own private clinic, he has done thousands of Panchakarma procedures since 1980. He has his own private Ayurvedic hospital in Pune and is Hon. The physician is also working as visiting professor at the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Boston, California College of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Institute of America in the U.S.A., and Ateneo Veda Vyasa in Italy.

Dr. Subhash Ranade has recently retired as Principal of Ashtang Ayurveda College, Pune, India, and is the author of more than 50 books on Ayurveda which have been published in German, Polish, Italian, English, and many Indian languages. He has the honor of being a visiting professor to all the colleges of Ayurveda in the U.S. and other institutes like Sewa Akademic in Germany, Ateneo Veda Vyasa in Italy, Foundation of Health in Poland, and Ayurveda International Diffusing Association of Japan. Since 1981, he has visited and has conducted hundreds of Ayurveda courses for medical practitioners in Europe, the U.S.A., and Japan.

Dr. David Frawley is recognized as a leading Vedic Scholar, astrologer, and Ayurvedic academician. His books on astrology, Ayurveda, and Yoga Philosophy have been published in the U.S.A. and in India. Apart from being the director of the American Institute of Vedic Sciences, he is on the advisory council of various institutions in Europe, the U.S., and India.

40" Ardhanarishvara In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

No deity like the Ardhanarishvara in any other culture of the world. It is a half-woman (‘ardha-nari’) deity, a fusion of the feminine Parvati into the masculine Shiva, Her husband. It is a powerful image of the coming together of purusha (masculine/energy principle) and prakrti (feminine/matter principle), leading to drshyam (existence as we perceive it).


The tall, slender Ardhanarishvara stands on the pistil of an upturned lotus (a high plinth). The locks of Shiva fly in the wind, conveying the energy of the tandava of His nataraja roopa. On the other hand, the language of Parvati’s body is steady and gathered, the very essence of lasya. Ardhanarishvara is also the harmonious union of tandava and lasya.


Sculpted from pure brass, this Ardhanarishvara murti is a resplendent golden colour. From the hair to the stance of limb and hip, it is a dynamic composition. Note how the play of light and shadow upon the undulations of the naked musculature of Ardhanarishvara, add to the dynamicism.

Babbar Sher Mat from Mirzapur

Bored with round and rectangular floor mats? Well, here is a very lively mat featuring Babbar Sher. Made of high-quality wool by talented craftsmen of Mirzapur, this exclusive mat is unique for its smooth finish, distinctive pattern and fine texture. Although lions are considered ferocious and not a common image in living spaces, the floor mat is adorable in appearance and soft in texture.

The brownish beige colour of the mat creates a subtle, calm vibe and the design adds interest to the space without creating a massive visual impact. It also gives a warm and cosy vibe, filling your space with comfort. It can be used under the table and in the bedroom, car seat, sofa cushion etc. The mat is also ideal for use as a play mat for babies as its smooth and comfy and can be a fun addition to a nursery or kids’ room.

 

44" Large Fine Quality  Medicine Buddha (Tibetan Buddhist Deity) In Brass | Handmade
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44" Large Fine Quality Medicine Buddha (Tibetan Buddhist Deity) In Brass | Handmade

The healing aspect of Gautama Buddha is called Bhaishajyaguru. Popularly known as the Medicine Buddha, He is the embodiment of traditional Tibetan healing methods that work from the soul outwards. Made from pure brass, the seated Bhaishajyaguru murti that you see on this page is the resplendent colour of pale, molten gold.


The signature element of Medicine Buddha’s iconography is the tiny medicine pot that He cradles in His lap. It is a mythical blend of three different potions, each designed to reverse disease and senescence and death. The key ingredient in each of these potions is the endemic myrobalan plant. In the right hand of the Medicine Buddha is a sprig of the same.


The rest of Bhaishajyaguru is not much different from the traditional seated Buddha composition. Legs in padmasana, an erect spine, and a regal neck and shoulders with the robe draped over the left and brought down over the right. Solemnity writ large on the face, framed by lengthened earlobes as a result of years of accumulated wisdom.

28" x 20" Nevari Style Shakyamuni | Brocadeless Thangka | Handmade

Nevari is the term for the architecture and aesthetics of the Neva people of Nepal. Inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley, the Neva people are known for their love of well-defined lines and solid, statement colours. The thangka that you see on this page is atypical of the Nevari aesthetic. It depicts the seated Shakyamuni in the bhoomisparsha stance.


Gautama Buddha is clad in a peach-coloured low-wound dhoti whose hems are barely till the mid-foreleg. It reveals the smooth gold of the complexion of His body. The same is defined by sharp, stately curves. The crown and adornments of Siddhartha Gautama are characterised by intricate jewel-work, which is a staple of the Nevari aesthetic.


The back of the Buddha’s throne is predominated by rich tones of crimson. A network of dense vine in pale gold colour along the upper edge, and a colourful facial motif resembling Kirtimukha. The solid-coloured background in deep Prussian blue and the multicoloured lotus petals along the front of the throne are hallmarks of the authentic Nevari thangka.

Bright-Marigold Brocaded Kanjivaram Sari from Chennai with Intricate Work on Pallu
The silks of Kanjivaram are the traditional wedding sarees of the region’s brides. Tucked away in a rural pocket of Tamil Nadu, these sarees are produced on handlooms of yore worked upon by intergenerational weavers and artisans. The solid-colored number that you see on this page is a fine example of this variety of Indian silk saree. The color of crushed marigolds, the natural sheen of the fabric set off its lively, youthful hue to perfection. The thick border is a rich shade of red that complements such a color. The same is superimposed with an exceptionally dense and detailed zari weave. Zari is the vernacular word for traditional embroidery executed with pure gold thread as could be seen on the border and half the endpiece of this saree. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the intricacy of the work, the meticulousness and symmetry of the peacock motifs on the border, and the geometric patterns on the endpiece.

A saree such as this one, with only a whiff of the traditional, is best teamed with modern jewelry that you have selected yourself. Hints of solid shringar across the neck and wrists and earlobes would suffice the ethos of such a garment.