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Turbaned Ganesha Silhouette Pendant

Turbaned Ganesha Silhouette Pendant

This pendant is a must-have if you are fond of Ganesha. The most widely loved and revered of the entire Hindu pantheon, His unmistakable silhouette has been captured in this perfectly smithed glimmering gold pendant. It is His adorably chubby form, coupled with His propensity to bless and grant boons, that make Him the favourite of most devotees. The son of Shiva and Parvati, there is more to Ganesha than His childlike innocence and the love for laddooes that unmistakably creeps up in His iconography (note the mound of glittering silver gems in one of His gold-smithed palms). As the son of Shiva, He is warrior of dharm and was responsible for the efficient allocation of the amrit yielded by the samudra-manthan (Bhagavata Purana).

This pendant is a simple but substantial piece of adornment. From the delicately fingered palms and the pot belly, to the signature trunk that dominates the image and the tilak on His temple, the defining curves have been fashioned from gold. The dhoti that clothe His legs brought together in the seated posture, the laddooes in the one hand that is not raised in blessing, and kingly turban that sits on His brow are a glittering silver colour. Despite the minimalistic handiwork of this pendant, it would stand out in your jewellery box as a piece of devotional jewellery that is as complete as it gets.

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Tango-Red Stole from Kashmir with Ari Hand-Embroidered Flowers and Butterflies

Tango-Red Stole from Kashmir with Ari Hand-Embroidered Flowers and Butterflies

Layering could transform the entire mood of an ensemble. Pick this stole for a practical yet beauteous piece of layering. An inimitably gorgeous red for the foundation colour makes this the perfect addition to one's trousseau or a statement addition to one's wardrobe. The aesthetics and sensousness of a Kashmiri woollen is unmistakable. A statement-making base colour, high-precision embroidery that is also endemic to the valley (ari, in this case), and an aura of the regal about the moment you put it on. From the monotone tassels along the edges to the natural colour palette employed for the embroidery, everything about this stole is irresistibly beautiful and flirtatious.

It is fashioned from the pure homegrown wools, and is a fine example of the highly coveted Kashmiri handiwork. Signs of the latter could be gleaned by zooming in on the luxuriant, richly coloured ari embroidery that dominates the foreground. Team this with your choicest Indian suit or saree, preferably a neutral-coloured one that is low on the embroidery, in order to bring out the best of this number. Such a stole would serve to keep you warm yet fashionable-looking when the galas run a tad late into the evening.

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Devi Bhadrakali, The Trimurti Bowing Before Her (Tantric Devi Series)

Devi Bhadrakali, The Trimurti Bowing Before Her (Tantric Devi Series)

There is much to Devi Bhadrakali that is captured in Her name. In Sanskrit, the syllable 'bha' means 'maya' or 'illusion', while 'dra' stands for 'maha' or 'that which is superlative'; which explains why some people refer to Her as Devi Mahamaya Kali. She is the wife of Veerbhadra, and the supreme deity of the Shakti sect of Hinduism as well as one of the das mahavidyas. In this skilfully done Basholi-style watercolour, the all-powerful Devi is being paid obeisance by the Hindu trimurti, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. Despite being sole-responsible for running the complex dharmic cycle of creation-preservation-destruction respectively, these three deities themselves bow before the fierce Bhadrakali.

The rich red of Her silk dhoti brings out Her unmistakable ashen blue complexion. Her long silver hair is complemented by the white translucent dupatta around Her head and shoulders and the streams of pristine pearls that constitute Her shringar interspersed with studded gold. From Her protruding fangs and the third eye popping out from the vibhuti on Her brow, to the fact that from Her body language She barely acknowledges the trimurt's homage, everything about Her exudes a divine degree of power possible only for a Hindu devi. What sets this apart from the other watercolours in this series is the soorya-roopi mandala within which the Devi and Her worshippers are contained.

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Seated Krishna, Making Music That Makes His Devotees Break Into Ecstatic Dance

Seated Krishna, Making Music That Makes His Devotees Break Into Ecstatic Dance

Of all the qualities that make Lord Krishna who He is, it is His prowess with the flute that captures the hearts of devotees. Spread across not only the subcontinent but also the world, devotees never tire of His music. He sits in one of Vrindavan's many glades and pulls out His flute, the sound of which reaches the inhabitants within the city. The music that is emanating from His flute expresses a divinity and a quality of love that is to be found in no other religion in the world. As the sound of the flute floats across space into the ears of His lovers, they leave everything behind and scamper through worldly recesses to gather around Him. This sculpture of the solitary Krishna playing on His flute is more dynamic than it appears.

One could almost see Him surrounded by a bunch of loving gopis, overcome by the music as much as their love for him, as they dance around this seated Krishna. He is charming as ever; His composure of countenance, content; His spine, erect. The dhoti and the sash gather in lifelike drapes around His youthful physique. His shringar is atypical of Hindu iconography, gold and jewels abound. His ample tresses are held in place by a turban-like drape with a jewel and a peacock feather at the centre. Note the realistic lines engraved beneath the brow, a Vaishnava tilak situated amidst the same. A mark of the sculptor's skill is the gracious hands and feet that define the composition.

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Gem-studded Mahakala Pendant (Tibetan Buddhist Jewellery Made In Nepal)

Gem-studded Mahakala Pendant (Tibetan Buddhist Jewellery Made In Nepal)

Like the rest of the art produced in Nepal, Nepalese jewellery is characterised by rich colours, high-precision workmanship, and a devotional-spiritual statement. This pendant is no exception, what with its earthy colours that depict the central Mahakala image. It is an example of a wrathful deity of Nepalese Buddhism. Unlike the calm Buddha and bodhisattva figures one usually encounters, mahakala figures exude violence and are invincible when it comes to rooting out whatever adharm may lie along the devotee's path to enlightenment. One such mahakala, of great ferocity of form, has been smithed onto the foundation silver of this pendant.

The figure is four-armed and bears the all-important implements required to overpower the adharmee. Its eyes are determined, teeth bared, lending to a merciless composure of countenance. Its legs are splayed such as it is about to pounce in attack. Note the glittering shringar and the red-coloured gem-laden crown - the handiwork is superb and the finish flawless. A number of gemstones in pastel blues, greens, and golds complete the picture. They fill the gold-lined aureole of Mahakala, as well as outline the composition with their flame-like shapes. A row of matching-coloured lotus petals constitute the Mahakala's pedestal, which is an indispensable aspect of Oriental iconography.

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Blue-Ribbon Brocaded Lehenga in Multicolor Thread Weaving with Embroidered Choli and Pink Dupatta

Blue-Ribbon Brocaded Lehenga in Multicolor Thread Weaving with Embroidered Choli and Pink Dupatta

For those of us who are not used to the complex drape of the saree, the lehenga is a fine substitute. It has all the traditional opulence of, say, a Banarasi or a Baluchari silk, and has been great favourite with modern brides who want to achieve a look that is exotic and regal. The lehenga comprises of three pieces - a long loosely flowing skirt, a choli, and an ample odhni. The ensemble you see on this page is replete with all three fashioned from pure homegrown silk. It is the skirt that adds the most personality to a lehenga ensemble, and the one you see on this page would make you the subject of conversations everywhere.

The ample pleats alone would make this a statement addition to your wardrobe or even trousseau. Ample brocade-work graces its gorgeous length, filled in with a definitive variety of motifs - gold tendrils with paisleys against the dark blue of the foundation, an infusion of petals in gorgeous bridal pinks and oranges, and panels of lilies and lotuses in matching colours all the way down to the hem. The choli has similar gold motifs in matching dark blue. The signature pink dupatta complements the base colour of the lehenga. It is so long it reaches the hem of the skirt, while the translucent silk it is made from is dyed a colour no woman or bride could go wrong with.

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Enthroned Bhagavti, Accompanied By Her Handmaidens (Tantric Devi Series)

Enthroned Bhagavti, Accompanied By Her Handmaidens (Tantric Devi Series)

Bhagavati rules the Tantric heavenly realms. Framed by wisps of pale blue clouds in the background and a patch of dense green grasses in the foreground, this watercolour is a Basholi-style depiction of the Tantric Devi whose devotees never lack in wealth. She sits in lalitasana, which is highly atypical of Indian iconography, on a high-backed throne. It is richly studded with emeralds and rubies that glitter against the sun-bathed moors of the background. She leans against gorgeously coloured cushions in the sea of pastel-coloured silks that clothe Her beauteous form. Note how the garland of pristine flowers reaches all the way down to Her feet, and puts to shame the gold and jewels of the rest of Her shringar. She holds in Her hands a conch as fair and voluptuous as She is, its divine music being carried by the same winds that lift up the locks of Her waist-length hair.

The Devi is waited upon by two handmaidens who rival each other in terms of personal beauty and devotion to Her. Dressed in elegant silken skirts and seductive translucent dupattas, one of these ladies offers a namaskaram to Bhagavati while the other waves over Her head a chauri, which is an arati implement fit for royals. Their shringar does justice to the resplendent, enthroned entity painted betwixt them. Note how this composition has similarities with Mughal imperial portraiture, which serve to convey the power implicit in Her iconography and attributes.

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Hanuman, A Jewel Amongst Yogis

Hanuman, A Jewel Amongst Yogis

Lord Hanuman stands as the finest example of human excellence. He is the greatest of Rama-devotees, having remained in this world for as long as the Ramayana is recited, even after the rest of the characters left for parloka (the subsequent realm of existence). He is the son of Anjanadevi and Vayudeva, and tutored by none other than Sooryadeva Himself. Mischievous as He was as a child (the signature jawline that lends Him His name is the result of a punishing blow dealt to Him by an angered Indra), He grew up to be a yogi of the highest order, having attained all eight of the classical ashta-siddhis of yoga. It is this roopa of His that has been depicted in this wood-cut sculpture, wherein He is seated in a poorna-padmasana with His palms brought together in the dhyana muda and the eyes shut (the gaze is directed inwards).

The beauty of Ramayan's brightest character has been captured in this sculpture with great skill. The handsome face of the Lord is framed by a semi-circular halo, the glamour of which has been conveyed with multiple tiers of engraving. Broad shoulders and muscular arms give way to a well-defined torso followed by limbs of divine strength. Pearly shringar and a dhoti of silk, the pleats of which are spread on the pedestal right beneath where He is seated, grace His form. The three-tiered pedestal is the most unusual aspect of this composition. The topmost tier is engraved with lotus petals; the middle tier has inverted lotus petals superimposed with His signature weapon, the goad; and the third tier has a flower in full bloom at the centre.

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Shaivite Trident-Aum-Rudraksha Pendant With Silvery Gems

Shaivite Trident-Aum-Rudraksha Pendant With Silvery Gems

This Shaivite pendant is quite the thing to go into your jewellery box if you are a devotee of Shiva. Fashioned from gold and drawn into the deity's signature trishool (trident), it is studded with motifs that substitute for the very image of Shiva. A big brown rudraksha is inserted between two gold sheaves at the base of the trishool. Along the stem of the trishool is a sacred syllable carving of the aum that is studded with glittering silvery gems. Zoom in on the body of the syllable to gauge the gold make of the foundation. A damru motif has been strategically inserted into the syllable, which emits the naad (sound) of srishti (creation of existence). The strokes that complete the picture of the syllable has likewise been done in gold and studded with silver-coloured gemstones at the ends.

While this pendant may be too quirky in terms of style to be worn on an everyday basis, it is just the thing to don at devotional gatherings and conventions. We understand that devotional jewellery would hold a special place in our buyers' jewellery box, so we curate the most expressive ones to go into our collection. Not only are our pieces unique - they will start conversations everywhere - they also meet a very high aesthetic standard and are handpicked from the finest of local artisans. Wearing some of our devotional jewellery is like carrying an essence of your chosen lord around on your person.

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Bedspread from Gujarat with Applique Elephants and Kantha Embroidery

Bedspread from Gujarat with Applique Elephants and Kantha Embroidery

Kantha is a kind of running stitch that is done by women in parts of India as a form of quilting. Today, fabric that features embroidery done using this stitch is also referred to as kantha. Such embroidered fabrics, which could be anything from sarees and cholies to bedspreads and other home decor, make for a very fashionable statement. This bedspread is a fine example of the kantha stitch. It is made from pure homegrown cotton that takes best to the densely packed stitches of this style. Contrary to the rough quilt-like finish associated with kantha, this bedspread comes with a finesse that speaks well of the artisans who made it.

Rural Gujarat is known for the quirky textiles it produces and its love for vibrant colours. Local artisans make it a habit to infuse the pastels one sees in the countryside into their fabrics, of which this bedspread is proof. The motif of the richly adorned elephant with its trunk raised has been arranged in repetitive panels across the field, which are interspersed with kantha embroidery. The elephants have been appliqued onto the base fabric, which gives away the degree of creative skill and labour that has gone into this bedspread. The dominant colour variations include black and red, from which you are welcome to choose depending on the tone you want to set your bedroom to.

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