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Here you will find items for your altar and temple.  Altar Cloths, Puja accessories, Yantras, Incense
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  • 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
  • Elephant Standing Trunk Up With Stones (BST185)
    Elephant Standing Trunk Up With Stones - 4.25"W, 3.25"H
        
    The elephant is considered to be a symbol of good luck in many cultures.

    • Made from Solid Brass
    • Size: 3.25" high x 4.25" wide
    • Weight: 1.3 pound approx.
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for altar or use as a home decor.
       
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    $44.75
  • Brass Om Symbol On Round Base (BST25)
    Brass Om Symbol On Round Base - 5.5"height 

    Om - The Sacred sound of Universe. It is said to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras.
     
    • Made from Brass
    • Size: 5.5" height
    • Weight: 0.2 pound approximately
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for an altar or use as a home decor. 
     
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    $15.75
  • Lord Ganesh Brass Statue (BST318)
    Lord Ganesh Brass Statue - 2" height 

    Ganesh, The God of Progress, Remover of Obstacles. The elephant-headed deity, son of Shiva and Parvati.
     
    Made from Solid Brass,
    Size: 2" high,
    Weight: 3.5 oz. approximately 
    Handmade in India
    A perfect piece for an altar or use as a home decor
     
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    $13.95
  • Goddess Durga Brass Statue (BST319)
    Goddess Durga Brass Statue - 3" height, 3" wide

    Durga, The Goddess of Power & Strength
     
    • Made from Solid Brass
    • Size: 3" high x 3" wide
    • Weight: 7 oz. approximately
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for altar or use as a home decor

       
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    $24.95
  • Lord Ganesh Brass Statue (BST100)
    Lord Ganesh Brass Statue 1.75" heigth
     
    Ganesh, the elephant headed god of wisdom and success is the defender and remover of obstacles.
     
    • Made from Solid Brass
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for altar or use as a home decor
       
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    $19.75
  • Carved Brass Elephant Trunk Up (BST181)
    Carved Brass Elephant Trunk Up - 3"wide, 2"tall

    • Made from Solid Brass
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for altar or use as a home decor
       
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    $24.95
  • Solid Brass Buddha Bust Statue (BST184)
    Solid Brass Buddha Bust Statue - 4.5" x 4"

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    $29.95
  • Carved Turtle Brown Soapstone (SBR711)
    Carved Turtle Brown Soapstone - 6"X9"

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    $24.75
  • Lord Buddha Wooden Statue (WS26)
    Lord Buddha Wooden Statue - 8"tall x 4.5"wide

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    $39.95
  • Goddess Saraswati Wooden Statue (S19-Saraswati)
     Goddess Saraswati Wooden Statue Antique - 10"tall x 6"wide
     
    This Wooden Antique Goddess Saraswati Statue is hand-carved and hand-painted in South India. The Saraswati statue measures 10" High and 6" wide.
     
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    $42.75
  • Antique Dragon Tibetan Prayer Horn (TBT25)
    This Antique Dragon Tibetan Prayer Horn is made of Copper & Brass and is 20 inches in length
     
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    $49.95
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