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Vintage Bronze Drinking Water Glass

Most Viewed By July 12, 2013 Tags:

One of the wonders of creation is water. 90% of the human body is water. Without water, there is no life on earth. The entire species on earth have learnt to drink water in their own way. The primitive man started drinking water from his cupped hands and with progress in civilisation the man started using a variety of glasses…

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Antique Copper Water Storage Pot – Pani Ka Ghada

Most Viewed By June 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , ,

The dimensions of the pot: 15” diameter at the belly,  4” diameter at the mouth, Height – 12” This antique copper water storage pot is from the state of Rajasthan, India. Most part of Rajasthan is a desert or arid land and water is a scarce commodity. It is a common sight in rural Rajasthan that women carry up to…

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Antique Brass Massage Oil Cups

Most Viewed By June 8, 2013

  During my younger days, the monthly ritual in our family was that all children were required to take an oil bath. To begin with, my mother used to apply a fistful of coconut oil on the top of my head and keep on patting at the same spot chanting a variety of blessings.  One blessing I still remember is…

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Antique Brass Drinking Pots

Uncategorized By May 27, 2013 Tags: , , , , , ,

Ancient Indian wisdom of storing water in brass vessels for healthy living is now proved to be a scientific fact. Extending the same habit, ancient Indians drank their water from brass pots. This culture was prevalent till the beginning of 20th century and that was when the stainless steel and plastic culture pushed out the use of brass as a…

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Antique Flower Baskets as a Group

Antique Brass Flower Baskets

Uncategorized By May 27, 2013

Flowers are one of the most beautiful and colourful creations in nature. Everybody loves flowers and we use them for various purposes. Flowers are an essential part of the Hindu way of doing ritual prayers known as “Pooja”. Hindu scriptures say that essentially any of the three things namely “Pushpam”, “Phalam”, and “Toyam” meaning flower, fruit, and water should be…

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Sadhus dressing up after bath in Triveni Sangam

Maha Kumbh Mela

Uncategorized By April 13, 2013

  It is a dream come true for me. At last, I managed to take the pilgrimage to Maha Kumbh Mela, 2013. Though I had the intense desire to see the magnificent spectacle that is Kumbh Mela, all my attempts failed due to non-availability of tickets and lack of the right company. I was warned not to take a journey…

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Deepa Sundari Lamp.

Antique Brass Oil Diyas

Uncategorized By March 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , ,

Gaja Diya Gaja in Sanskrit means Elephant, and Diya is an oil lamp with a wick. This oil lamp is crafted to show an Elephant carrying a diya on its back. It is customary that Gods, Kings and Dignitaries sit in a howdah placed on a caparisoned Elephant. They do not sit directly on the back of the Elephant. In…

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Antique Brass Pulusu Gangalam

Antique Brass Pulusu Gangalam

Uncategorized By February 27, 2013

Gangalam is a huge metal vessel normally used for cooking food and storage of water. Pulusu is an Andhra special food item prepared with Tamarind juice and vegetables cooked together with spices and seasoned to get the special flavour. This dish is a semi liquid item with vegetables and is eaten mixed with hot rice. The picture shown here is…

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Antique Brass Tiruchoornam Bharani (Container)

Most Viewed, Uncategorized By February 10, 2013 Tags: , , ,

  This wonderful art object in the form of a fish is actually a Bharani (Container) made out of Brass metal used for storage of red powder called Tiruchoornam. Tiruchoornam is used by Vaishnavite sect of Hindu Brahmin Community to apply Namam, a religious mark on their forehead. Vaishnavism and the Namam  Namam mark is a visible sign of a…

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