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Know More about Lord Ganesh AKA Ganesha, Ganpati, Vinayak, Vighnaharta 0

Ganesha or Lord Ganesh— the elephant-deity riding a mouse — has become one of the commonest mnemonics for anything associated with Hinduism. This not only suggests the importance of Ganesha, but also shows how popular and pervasive this deity is in the minds of the masses.

The Lord of Success
The son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the God of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. 

Significance of the Ganesha Form
Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om (a holy chant), the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha's left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.

The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the legends of Mahabharta.The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.

Ganesha, the Destroyer of Pride

Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations.

Ganesh Idols in our store: 

 

 

To see more idols visit : http://www.themahstore.co.uk/collections/decoratives/idols

 

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Meenakari Art Work 0

Meenakari Art is yet another art form prevalent in India since the ancient times of Mughals and Hindu Kings. The stories goes, that these royalties wanted to beautify their ornaments, utensils, decorative pots etc with varied bright colours and pattern, and the art of meenakari was invented. 

     

Meenakars (people who specialised in this art form) were often seen beautifying the metals like gold and silver with their art. With time and period and the end of the Raj in India, the meenakars were seen moving from gold/silver to other cheaper metals, to make the art affordable to the commoners in India.

 

The making is a complicated process where the artisans emboss the design on a metal sheet, paints it with vibrant colours and processes the sheet in a furnace before fitting it on the product.

 

The finished products are a treat for eyes and a pleasure to own. 

 

You can find few of these  beautiful products in our store

 

 

Hand-Carved Wooden Elephant 0

In hindi language the term jaali means net. Indian artisans from mughal and rajputana times have used the jaali designs on the windows, ceilings, artefacts,  furniture etc . The material ranged from stones, wood, marble.

These jaali work can be found in Taj Mahal, many famous tombs of the kings in India.

                   

 

 

Needless to say these intricate design requires lot of patience and craftsmanship.

 

The raja and maharajas of India liked beautiful handicrafts and the artisans in the lure to make a moolah from them use to come up with unique creations. The Hand carved wooden elephant statue is one of them.


This particular handicraft is carved from a single block of wood and mainly the back of the elephant is where the net carving or jaali work is done. To make this item unique the artisan has craved a baby elephant inside the elephant. This baby elephant is carved delicately and with lots of patience through the holes present in the jaali. So, if one looks through the net a beautiful baby elephant can be seen. 

 You can find this product on our store, by clicking the link below. 

http://www.themahstore.co.uk/products/hand-carved-elephant

 

 This unique creation is beautiful and an absolute delight to own .

 

 

Wooden Jharokha 0

jharokha (or jharoka) was a type of over-hanging enclosed balcony used in mainly in Indian architecture, typically during the reign of Mughals and Rajputs.

These Jharokhas in ancient times were used to beautify the courtyards, palaces and one of the most important functions it served was to allow women in purdah(curtain) to see the events outside without being seen themselves. In construction, these were very much similar to the Victorian practice of building Bay Windows.


The  above Picture is of the Udaipur Palace which is in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

These Jharokhas were beautifully carved in wood and decorated with much elan. With time, the palaces, courtyard, purdah all got obsolete. But what remained is the tradition/people/gharanas who from generations have being into carving these jharokhas. These guys found a way of getting this piece of art into your living rooms. These artisans now make small jharokhas which can be used on your walls as wall-decor. These Jharokhas still look very royal and stylish. 

 

Available on our site are these beautifully carved Jharokhas: