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Why do Hindus worship Hanuman?

Religion is a thing of importance in Hindu society. There are thousands of gods and goddess and they all get due reverence for their different yet important roles. One of such god is Hanuman aka Maruti. Maruti’s has great importance in Hinduism due to the supporting role he played to lord Rama in Ramayana. To know why Hindus worship the lord of monkeys with so much devotion and austerity, we will start exploring the related interesting facts.

The background:

Trinity of gods – Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Shiva the destroyer – generally governs the Hindu religion. As per the Hindu mythology, people believe that the creator, Vishnu, usually takes birth on earth to protect and counterbalance goodness against rising sin and vice in the society. One of such incarnation of Vishnu is Rama in Treta yuga. Bajrang (Hanuman) took birth to follow and serve god Rama – be whatever the situation is, even at the cost of his life.

Birth:

Lord Bajrang was the son of Kesari, the king of monkeys, and Anjani, the daughter of maharishi Gautam. The incarnation of lord Shiva, the purpose of Maruti’s birth is to serve and assist Rama, the incarnation of Vishu, in Ramayana.

Various names and Role:

Hanuman, which is also known as Bajarang, Anjaneya, Maruti, Pavansut, Pawankumar and many other names, is an incarnation of lord Shiva that he contributed to support and serve lord Rama in his human avatar. Ram has a great place in Hinduism and people worship Marutinandan as a motiveless, devout and real servant of Ram who sacrificed his comfort, happiness and above all, his life to serve Rama for a noble cause.

He is famous for:

Maruti, the mighty ape, is remembered for playing a considerable role by leading at various fronts in Ram’s expedition against evil forces, represented by Ravana, to get Sita released and kill Ravan as well as destroy his diabolic empire. Maruti played a great supporting role not only to irradicate the evil forces but also in laying the corner stone to establish the empire of peace and justice. Due these qualities, Hindus worship Maruti. He is a staunch follower of Rama as well as a symbol of devotion, strength, perseverance and commitment. To know more about Hanuman.

Worshipping Maruti:

It is believed in Indian mythology that worshipping Maruti solves all purposes – be it financial, moral or any other concerns. Procedure to worship Bajrang is described in details in various Hindu religious books. Tuesday and Saturday are the days of Maruti and people fast to pay obedience as well as give special offerings to him.

A role model:

As per the Hindu Panchang (calendar), people celebrate the birth anniversary of Maruti every year with zeal and enthusiasm on the Purnina (full moon) of Chaitra month (March). The material used to worship includes rice, red flowers, Kumkum/sindur and followers generally wear red cloths to worship Pavanputra. In order to please Pavansut, one needs to chant the hymns devoted to the deity that include Chalisa, Asthak, Bajarang bana, Stawan etc.

The character of Bajrang tells the common masses about unlimited powers every one has and how to use them gain eternal peace and salvation. There have been other gods of great importance, say for instance, the elephant god LordGanesha. To knowm more about lord Ganesha, Click here

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Tribhang Murari Chaturbhujadhari Krishna Crown

The most relatable of the Vishnu-avataras, the most widely loved deity of the Hindu pantheon. There is no way the heart of the spiritually inclined would not turn to Lord Krishna. Here He is in the iconic silhouette of the tribhang murari, which is Sanskrit for ‘flute-player (murari) with the body jutting out (bhang) in three (tri) places’.

lord Krishna Crown

This work speaks volumes about the personal devotion of the artisan. The Lord is shown to be wearing a gorgeous silk dhoti and sashes. The rest of Him is bedecked with a world of shringar, which gather against His skin in lifelike angles. One of the unusual aspects of this tribhang murari depiction of Lord Krishna is the fact that He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed). His smoothly carved feet rest on the typical dual-lotus arrangement found at the feet of Indian deities (two lotuses with their pistils brought together), which in turn is placed on a multi-tiered quadrilateral pedestal. The same is engraved with rangoli-esque motifs, the lateral trappings set off by leonine figurines that are miniscule but majestic.

Krishna’s Music : Pure as Lotus

The twoering kirtimukha crown of the Lord completes the composition This work speaks volumes about the personal devotion of the artisan. The Lord is shown to be wearing a gorgeous silk dhoti and sashes. The rest of Him is bedecked with a world of shringar, which gather against His skin in lifelike angles. One of the unusual aspects of this tribhang murari depiction of Lord Krishna is the fact that He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed).

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Haloed Saraswati Bronze Statue from Swamimalai

This flexible Saraswati has been etched to be set at the edge of the lover’s work area. With one appendage pendant, She is situated nimbly in lalitasana as She plays on Her veena, a quintessential component of Her iconography. Talking about iconography, Her depiction is atypical of the dazzling bronzes of the Swamimalai district down South: Her face is forcefully included, Her appendages unequivocally etched. The feature of Her shringar is the transcending, unpredictably etched and layered crown. Held set up by a band of upset lotus petals, the equivalent is adorned with kirtimukha and makara pictures, the two of which are images of the repetitive demolition pursued by time.The rest of Her shringar is as exquisite as would befit a devi of such ethereal magnificence – pieces of jewelry falling down to between Her fruitful bosoms, long kundalas touching Her shoulders, bejeweled wrist trinkets along the whole length of Her arm and rings and coordinating anklets.


The Engraved Veena, Seated On The Edge

The foremost hands are distinctively committed to the veena. One of the back hands holds a pothi, while the other one bears the noose that She uses to rope in the adharmee. The dhoti She wears is held set up by a luxuriously decorated kamarband, the smooth texture sticking against Her skin, for example, to uncover Her awesome forms. Splendidly symmetrical sprigs of vines rise up out of the stitch of Her crown and lay carefully on Her shoulders. The veena on Her lap, as similar as the hands that play it, is engraved with themes and bends that are as per the Indian stylish standard. Apparently the music She plays is as sweet as Her self-control is gathered and contemplative. Note the unordinary, generous state of the bindi on Her sanctuary.

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Buying Sculptures And Statues Of Lord Ganesha Online

Ganesha is a revered Hindu God whose iconic representations have shown maximum variations. In the earliest depictions he was only worshiped as an elephant but with the passing of time the statues have evolved considerably. The structure of Lord Ganesha that we see at present is with the head of an elephant and a large round belly. You will also find Ganesha statues generally with four arms. However, when you decide to buy them online, you might come across some of his modern depictions with two to even sixteen arms.

Most of the people are extremely fond of Lord Ganesha as it is said that every good work starts by worshiping him. Every Hindu household has a special corner adorned with many deities. However, the elephant headed Lord Ganesha draws first attention as the statues exude childlike innocence. With a soft demeanour and mischief in the eyes, Ganesha is perhaps the most revered Hindu God since time immemorial. Moreover, there are a number of households that worship Ganesha as a Lord of Fortune. They worship him so that they can get good profit in their business.

If you take a close look at his four armed statues, you will see him holding his own broken tusk in his lower right hand. In his lower left hand, there is a Ladoo, a sugary delicacy which he tastes with his trunk. In the upper right hand you will find an axe or goad and a noose in the upper left hand. But, when you come across the modern online variations then you might find the lower right hand without any broken tusk. In place of that you will find the hand turned towards the viewer assuring protection and fearlessness which is also known as Abhaya Mudra. Apart from these statues, if you find a Ganesha statue with 10-16 arms then you will see that each arm is carrying different items like water lily, discus, bowl of sweets, musical instrument, rosary, spear and many more. Everything that you find in his hand will depend on the specific symbols that the artist intends to depict.

You will find a number of online stores that offer Ganesha sculptures and statues . But, you must prefer visiting a store that will offer you different varieties of products under the same roof. You must have a range of options to choose from when you go to buy a Ganesha statue through online shopping . After you decide to buy a statue, you must also remember to consider the quality and price of the given item before buying it. When everything matches your requirements, place your order to buy the statue online. If it is meant for someone, you can also put their address in the delivery section so that the gift directly reaches the person intended to receive it. By doing this you will also be able to save your time of going there and giving the gift by your own.

Many a times, buyers are also attracted towards a particular product for which they place their order to buy them immediately. Moreover, if they decide to buy Lord Ganesha sculptures and statues online, they are likely to grab a fair deal. However, if they decide to buy an exclusive piece such as a unique wall hanging or a Ganesha painting from some retail store, it might cost them a huge sum of money. So, it’s always better that they try to buy these items from the reputable online stores which won’t require spending those huge sums.

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Buy Oriental Artefacts Online

Goddesses have been revered by mankind throughout ages and are considered mystical and enchanting forces who hold the power and aura to change the course of the world. They are depicted as powerful personalities, who can effortlessly influence their male counterpart and root out evil. Be it the Goddess of beauty, knowledge, love, sexual prowess, mother nature, etc. – goddesses have a cult following.

It is the same in India. Being a Hindu majority state, Goddesses and Gods are revered, worshipped and respected in the sub-continent by a mass following. There are temples and shrines where the Goddesses are bathed, fed and worshipped by ardent devotees, followers, admirers and the curious traveller. All over the country, one may find such temples. Furthermore, on festivals and auspicious days, there are grand celebrations, the centre of which is the Goddess.

Exquisitely built, the temples are marvels of architecture and are beautiful to say the least. Adorned with decorations, designs and depictions of folk tales and stories, it truly showcases the devotion our ancestors had towards the goddesses and religion. Not only are the decorations and general temple architecture a grand affair, it is the main sanctum sanctorum as well which can take the breath away!

Sanctum Sanctorum, or Garbha Griha, as it is known in India, is the place where the main deity resides. The main deity is the most beautiful, attention worthy and exquisite thing in the temple premises. These are statutes that are made with careful consideration and creativity. You can also own a Goddess statute. If you are looking for Lakshmi statue online, check out the amazing prices on various websites that sell Hindu artefacts.

You will find a wide range of statutes of many Indian Goddesses, which depict stories and various events surrounding them. Statues showcase various poses of graceful Indian goddesses. Online, you will find not only statues of Hindu Goddesses, you can also browse through the amazing selection of religious trinkets and artefacts. There are wall hangings, postcards, paintings, religious goods etc. online.

If you buy the same thing in the market, it is sure to cost you three times more than what it costs you online. It is not only the prices and variety that is great, it is the quality of the product as well. Made from the best material, the quality of the statutes and other artefacts are manufactured with utmost care and precise designing techniques.

You can decorate your home with Indian artefacts or can place some of the statues of Indian Gods and Goddesses in your puja-ghar. Exquisite and graceful, having a Hindu statute at home creates a peaceful and comforting atmosphere at home. It gives the home an oriental charm and makes it mystical to the onlooker. Statutes and photos of Indian Goddesses such as Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Amba, Durga, Kali, Sita, Tulsi, etc. are available online. Statutes of Hindu Gods such as Rama, Krishna, Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Jagannath, Indra, Hanuman, etc. can be purchased online with competitive prising.

Statutes of Hindu Gods and Goddesses not only adorn the home beautifully; these can also be used for gifting a loved one or peer.

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The Significance of Symbols on Buddhist Jewelry

It is considered that Buddhist jewelry gives the wearer a sense of liveliness, happiness and insight into one’s true nature. There is a wide variety of Buddhist jewelry each with its own uniqueness. Buddhist jewelry is usually made of silver and copper although in some cases gold is also used. The eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism, translated from the Sanskrit ‘Ashtamangala’, are very popular in Tibet and are used for Buddhist jewelry.

Buddha was mostly represented by the Eight-Spoked Wheel and the Bodhi Tree. Other signs were also used in representing him like Buddha’s Footprints, an Empty Throne, a Begging Bowl and a Lion.

The eight auspicious symbols are, however, the following: the Umbrella or parasol, the Golden Fish, the Treasure Vase, the Lotus, the Conch, the Endless Knot, the Victory Banner and the Dharma-Wheel (Dharmachackra). Each of the eight symbols represents one aspect of the teachings of Buddha. Let’s take a look at the significance of each symbol.

The Umbrella or Parasol

The parasol is said to cast a shadow of protection. Just a parasol casts a shadow to protect the bearer from the heat of the sun, the symbolic parasol casts a shadow that protects the bearer from the heat of spiritual suffering. In Tibet, the parasol is associated with royalty. It is a symbol of wealth.

Two Golden Fishes

The two golden fishes are usually depicted standing vertically on their tails with their heads curved toward each other. They represent the two great rivers of India, the Ganga and Yamuna. In Buddhism, these two fishes represent happiness because they have complete freedom in the water.

The Endless Knot

The endless knot represents a series of right angles and intertwined lines with no beginning and no end. It is often related to the endless wisdom of Buddha and is also significant for the interaction of opposing forces leading to their union and harmony in the universe.

The Lotus

As it grows, the lotus rises out of the mud at the bottom of the pond, passes through the water, and rises above the water to bloom. This shows how peace and serenity can be found in any type of environment. The water’s filth represents the evil present in the world.

The Victory Banner

This symbol stands for Buddha’s victory over the universe and his subsequent enlightenment.

The Conch

The conch is a symbol of power and authority. The shell is used as a horn in religious ceremonies to frighten away and banish evil spirits. It stands as a symbol of teachings of Buddha being spread to the world.

The Treasure Vase

The top of the treasure vase has been topped with a jewel symbolizing the fact that it contains treasure. The vase is said to have an endless supply of whatever is stored inside.

The Dharma Wheel

The wheel comes in three parts, the hub which stands for moral discipline, the spokes which are usually 8 in number representing the correct application of wisdom, and the rim which represents concentration.

For those who want to buy authentic Buddhist jewelry at competitive prices, the best way is to make the purchase online. There are many reputed online stores that offer a wide selection of Buddhist jewelry items at reasonable prices. Other than jewelry, they also offer Buddha statues , other religious sculptures, religious books, paintings and much more. 

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The 7 Factors to Consider When Buying Buddha Sculptures

There are many different kinds of Buddha statues that you can choose from. However, before buying, you need to consider certain important factors that will help you in your buying process.

1. Understand why you actually want a Buddha sculpture or image?

Though different people buy the Buddha sculpture for different reasons, you must be clear with your thoughts and understand the reason behind why you actually want to buy it. The main reason behind buying a Buddha sculpture or statue is to achieve inner peace with the remembrance and understanding of the his lessons. Worshiping the sculpture will help you attain inner peace and relaxation.


Blessing Buddha

Therefore, what you want to achieve will ultimately determine the type of sculpture you need to buy. For instance, if you wish to experience a great and happy life, a laughing Buddha or happy Buddha statue will be the best one for you. On the other hand, a meditating Buddha figurine would be the right choice if you wish to tame your thoughts along with meditating methods.

2.  Always be very careful where you purchase your Buddha sculpture

You must be very careful while buying a Buddha sculpture and must find out where the sculpture is originally produced before buying. You can buy such sculptures from a reputable online dealer.

3.  Judgment regarding quality through observing the artistry of the face

Face and posture are the critical elements to look for when buying a Buddha sculpture. The quality of the sculpture can be determined by the face painting. Moreover, the posture is another thing you need to look for. Though it is not related to the quality observation, different postures have different significance. For instance, hands relaxing on the lap signifies meditation Buddha, again, the right hand touching the world symbolizes the enlightened Buddha.

You can also buy gold sculptures for your home or look for Buddha sculptures for sale online to create a better ambiance. 

4.  Always remember to look at the ears

The long ears of the sculpture signifies the genuine beauty of the artistic work. So, when buying a sculpture, don’t forget to check the long ears.

5.  Look into the designs on the body of the Buddha

The designs and carvings on the body talk about the quality of the sculpture. Look for some excellent designs by specialist artisans.

6.  Various types of Buddha figurines

Stating from the gold and vintage Buddha sculptures to the wood and copper statues, there is a wide variety to choose from. Select the one that can help you achieve inner peace and the one you think is suitable for you.

7.  Fill Buddha sculptures with mantras (Sacred Chanting)

It is believed that an unfilled Buddha figurine in your home can reduce the peace and well being. Therefore, it should be filled with mantra as it brings luck, tranquility and joy in your home.

You must try to follow the above mentioned factors when buying a Buddha sculpture to ensure peace and happiness.

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Statue Art

Statues of Kali are purchased for many different reasons. Some just want the statue in their homes to display on a mantle, others are given as gifts to friends. There are many sizes that can be purchased from small five inch statues to very large 27 inches high. Consider the space where the artwork will go before buying any one piece. If buying Kali as a gift, think about where the recipient may be placing the statue before buying one that is too large.


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The kali artwork statues are made of polished or antiquated brass. They are situated in many different poses such as fighting or dancing. When a statue is purchased it is going to be a personal choice as to which one of the dozens available fits perfectly into its space. Every home that decides to display a kali statue is going to have a special spot to display the unique piece. Whether the one chosen is solid brass in color or has multiple colors incorporated in the design is going to be a personal choice for each buyer. In addition, each one is priced at different points so be sure to check on your budget before going overboard with an extravagant piece.

Before purchasing your very own kali, consider where the statue will be placed. If it is on the fireplace mantel or a dresser top remember that there should be space for the piece. Don’t over crowd your art or set it where it could get knocked over. Make a space that is specially designed for the kali statue, where you can enjoy looking at it, and where your guests are sure to ask where it came from. This is a piece that was designed especially for those that understands who this Hindu Goddess is.

The Hindu Goddess, Kali (http://www.exoticindiaart.com/sculptures/Brass/goddess/kali/) has been formed into a brass statue that can be bought for an affordable price and put in many different places. Find a special spot in your home or office to put the brass statue. The artwork will be something that guests will be asking questions and talking about all evening long. Don’t miss out on the special opportunity to have a unique piece of art for your home.