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Thursday 28 July 2011

Saraswati Statues, Lord Shiva Statues and Nataraja Statues

Gods and Goddesses have been revered in India for thousands of years. No matter where in the world Indians live, their Gods find a place in their homes. Indians the world over understand and appreciate their heritage. Indians love to adorn their houses with Saraswati Statues, Lord Shiva Statues and Nataraja Statues; these deities make the house look warm and inviting and give people a sense of security. These are just a few of the many Gods in Hindu Mythology. Hindu Mythology is vast and people believe in different Gods and Goddesses, depending largely on family beliefs and traditions.

Gods and Goddesses in India signify different beliefs; for example, Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Indians all around the world pray to her for she is the “mother of the Vedas”. Saraswati is depicted many times as a very beautiful woman who dresses in pure white; she is mostly seen as being seated on a white lotus. This signifies her devotion to the absolute truth; she is believed to be the depiction of knowledge; someone with the understanding of the Highest Reality. She is also identified by veena, a string instrument. People associate Saraswati with the color white, which is the color of purity. Sometimes she is also associated with the color yellow, which is the color of the mustard plant that blooms in full abundance during the spring, the time of her festival.

Lord Shiva is considered the Supreme God in Hindu mythology. He is also considered as one of the five basic forms of God. Believers worship Lord Shiva religiously and zealously. Lord Shiva is always shown garlanded with a snake, which depicts his perpetuity and wisdom. The statue of Lord Shiva will always have a trishul (trident) in his right hand; the trident is the representation of his three gunas with which he rules the world.

Lord Nataraja is known as the King of Dance. He is an avatar of Lord Shiva portrayed as a dancer who performs for God Brahma (The Creator) and urges him to start the creation process. The statue of Lord Nataraja will always have a damru (small drum) in his hand.

These statues not only have religious significance, but also give a very Indian feel to your home. Statues of Saraswati, Shiva and Nataraja find a place in the homes of not just pious Indians, but anyone who holds music and dance in high regard as art forms.

If you want to make your home more Indian so that it reminds you of your childhood days spent climbing trees and stealing mangoes in India, these statues will definitely take you back to the colorful festivals of India and your childhood days gone by. Buy a statue of a God or Goddess that is of some significance to you and reminds you of your grandma’s stories, for no Indian has grown up without stories of the many Gods and Goddesses and their unique and exciting adventures.

Thursday 21 July 2011

Sai Baba Statues

Hinduism is the dominant religion of India. It can be termed as “Sanatana Dharma” meaning “The Eternal Law”. India is home to many Gods and Goddesses who are all depicted in the many religious books on Hinduism. Lord Rama’s statues are found in millions of Indian homes around the globe. Even the statues of many deities like Sai Baba and Jalaram Bapa adorn the houses of many Indians despite the fact that they may not be considered as the quintessential Gods by some.

Sai Baba, who is also known by his devotees as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual leader, a yogi and a fakir who was followed passionately by both Hindu and Muslim devotees. Many people consider him as the personification of Lord Dattatreya and believe that he was an incarnation of a Sufi Pir. Sai Baba is known the world over and he was christened “Sai” when he arrived at Shirdi, a town in Maharashtra, India. Nobody knows where he was born, or where he grew up as he never spoke about his life or childhood. Sai in Sanskrit means “Sakshat Eshwar” or the Divine God. The term “Baba” literally means father, grandfather or revered old man, therefore Sai Baba means “Holy Father”. Sai Baba is worshiped in a lot of places outside India because he preached love, forgiveness and he had no concern for material possessions. He only wanted people to understand their “Self”.

Jalaram was a Saint also known as Shri Jalaram Bapa. He was born in Virpur, Gujrat, India. He was a devotee of Lord Ram. He refused to live a life bound by household duties and materialism and he wanted to serve pilgrims and saints. He spent his life devoted to God and served God’s people.

Lord Ram is one of the most known and admired Gods in Hinduism. He is described as the “Perfect Man” or “Maryada Purushottama” He is the husband of Sita, who is considered as the reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi; Sita is considered the perfect woman in Hinduism. Lord Ram’s birthday is celebrated around India and this festive day is known as “Rama Navami”.

Sai Baba Statues, Lord Ram and Jalaram Bapa are common fixtures in Hindu homes the world over. They all have devoted corners or rooms in their homes for their favorite Gods and Goddesses.

Thursday 14 July 2011

Ganesh Statues

Lord Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, is a Hindu God who is very popular and well known around the world. Hindu’s all around the world pray to him and revere in this glory. He is widely worshiped in India and its neighboring country, Nepal.

Ganesh is easy to recognize because of his elephant head. He is known as the remover of obstacles and people worship him as the Lord of beginnings. He is the benefactor of the arts and sciences and is the ambassador of wisdom and intellect. Before embarking on any journey or starting any new venture, people pray to him and ask for his blessings so that their journey can be fruitful and their enterprise, successful.

Ganesh became popular in the 4th and 5th century; the time many people refer to as the Gupta Period. Ganesh is the son of Shiva and Parvati. There is a little bit of ambiguity circling around the stories of his birth. Ganesh has been depicted in Indian art and mythology from early times, and he has always been a popular figurine.

There are many stories in Hindu mythology on the mystery regarding Ganesha’s elephant head. The most popular one is that Ganesh came between Shiva and Parvati and Shiva, in anger beheaded Ganesha. Parvati then told Shiva that Ganesh is his son, so Shiva gave him an elephant’s head as a replacement. Ganesh is known to have a fun and jolly disposition and is recognized by his big and round belly.

Lord Ganesh is escorted by his vahana - a rat, in most of his statues and paintings. Rats are known to be able to gnaw their way through things, and get anywhere without any obstacles, in the same way the rat represents Ganesh’s power to defeat every obstacle in his path.

Ganesh is one of the first few Indian Gods to transcend all beliefs and extend his influence in the western world. He is known world over because of his distinct features, and Ganesha Statues can be seen everywhere. You can choose a Maharaja Ganesh Statue, Lotus Ganesh Statue, Chatri Ganesh Statue or Surya Chakra Ganesh Statue to adorn your home.

The period during the 10th century was an era of development and trade; many merchants carried Ganesh statues on their journeys, and hence he became a known deity amongst all the different merchants in the world. They began to pray to him and slowly he became well-known. He is a popular God not only amongst Indians, but people of all of races and communities.

Thursday 7 July 2011

Hindu Deities Statues

Hindu Deities statutes are becoming very popular and lots of people worldwide understand and appreciate the different religious Gods and Goddesses of India.

These religious statues are a symbol of Indian culture and its unique mythology that dates back thousands of years. You will find these images on century old temples in India and also in most houses all over India. Hindu deity statues are considered sacred and many people put them in their homes and pray to them everyday. Each deity symbolizes something special and has got significance in Hindu mythology.

You can buy statues of Hindu deities like Ganesh, Krishna, Laxmi, Sarasvati, Elephant Ambadi, Shreenathji, Parshvanath, Palm Ganesh & Devi, Sai Baba, Ram Darbar and Jalaram. All these deities have their own unique stories behind them and people’s belief varies from household to household and religion. Children in India have grown up hearing stories of these Gods and Goddess and they treat them like a member of their family.

If you visit any Hindu home anywhere in the world, you will, in all probability see statues placed in an area many Indians call a puja or prayer room. This is a room where Indians place their most revered statues and offer food and other offering to please their God. There are also special months in a year where Indian believers give up non-vegetarian food and fast to appease their favorite God or Goddess. India is divided into many states and each state has its own religious beliefs.

If you are looking to buy Hindu deities statues, then know a little about each deity and what each one symbolizes, because each God stands for something unique and exceptional. For example, Krishna is the God of love and divine joy, while Ganesh is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and the Lord of Intellect and Wisdom. With a beautiful statue of your favorite deity, you can spread the aura of peace and serenity in your home.

Just how in every ancient mythology from Greek to Roman, Gods and Goddesses play a very important role in determining who we are and where we came from, same way in India, these Gods and Goddess play a very significant role in the day to day activities and people believe in them wholeheartedly and passionately. So while choosing Hindu deities statues, make sure to choose a statue that’s close to your beliefs.