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  • Goddess Tara Solid Brass Mask Wall Hanging (655)
    Goddess Tara Solid Brass Mask Wall Hanging 4" tall

    Goddess Tara is known as the mother of liberation and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
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    $19.95
  • Brass Statue Goddess Tara Dancing (445)
    Brass Statue Goddess Tara Dancing - 9" Tall
     
    Goddess of Peace & Protection.

    Beautifully handcrafted in India of Solid Brass in antique finish. Golden highlights in silver finish.


     
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    $64.75
  • Green Tara Tibetan Prayer Flag (00E-Flag-TGTF)
    Green Tara Tibetan Prayer Flag  9" x 9.5"- 25 Flags On String Per Roll
     
    A prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon, which predated Buddhism in Tibet.
     
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    $17.99
  • Deity Print - Babaji Nataraj By Virginia Copeland (VGK9)
    Deity Print - Babaji Nataraj By Virginia Copeland
     
    These Deity prints are from original paintings by Virginia Copeland, reproduced as 11" x 17" prints, on quality paper.  The image shows here is low quality, the poster print is high quality.  
     
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    $14.00
  • Nataraj Dancing Brass Statue - 4" Height (BST198)
     Nataraj Dancing Brass Statue - 4" Height

    Solid Brass with Antique Honey finish.

    Nataraja or Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism, and the summary of the central tenets of this Vedic religion. The term 'Nataraj' means 'King of Dancers.'

    THE ORIGIN OF THE NATARAJ FORM
    An extraordinary iconographic representation of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India, it was developed in southern India by 9th and 10th-century artists during the Chola period (880-1279 CE) in a series of beautiful bronze sculptures. By the 12th century AD, it achieved canonical stature and soon the Chola Nataraja became the supreme statement of Hindu art.

    THE VITAL FORM & SYMBOLISM
    In a marvelously unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life, Nataraj is shown with four hands represent the cardinal directions. He is dancing, with his left foot elegantly raised and the right foot on a prostrate figure - 'Apasmara Purusha', the personification of illusion and ignorance over whom Shiva triumphs. The upper left hand holds a flame, the lower left-hand points down to the dwarf, who is shown holding a cobra. The upper right-hand holds an hourglass drum or 'dumroo' that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion: "Be without fear."

    Snakes that stand for egotism, are seen uncoiling from his arms, legs, and hair, which is braided and bejeweled. His matted locks are whirling as he dances within an arch of flames representing the endless cycle of birth and death. On his head is a skull, which symbolizes his conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, the epitome of the holy river Ganges, also sits on his hairdo.

    His third eye is symbolic of his omniscience, insight, and enlightenment. The whole idol rests on a lotus pedestal, the symbol of the creative forces of the universe.

    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SHIVA'S DANCE
    This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy - creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. According to Coomerswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace).

    The overall temper of the image is paradoxical, uniting the inner tranquility, and outside activity of Shiva.

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    $21.75
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