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Antique Large Brass Rice Cooking Pot – Gundiga

06
Oct
Antique Large Brass Rice Cooking Pot - Gundiga
Gundiga In olden days, temples and big houses used to keep huge brass rice cooking pots to cook and serve rice for important occasions. In Andhra Pradesh, these huge brass rice cooking vessels are called Gundigas (plural). In Vaishnavite temples, it is a common practice to cook rice in large quantities for preparation of Pongal (rice cooked with green gram), Daddojinam (curd rice), Pulihora (tamarind rice), and Chakkara pongali (sweet pongal). These items are offered to God as Naivedyam and...
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Antique Punjabi Lassi Brass Tumbler Glasses

06
Oct
Antique Punjabi Lassi Brass Tumbler Glasses
Punjab is known for its great culture popularly depicted in Bhangra folk dance and spicy dhaba food.  Punjabi food is not complete without a thick creamy Lassi. Lassi is a special Punjabi drink made with Curd or Yogurt or Dahi churned with sugar and spices to form a smooth thick liquid and is best served chilled in a tall brass glass. It is said that the heavy Punjabi food with spices and pure ghee is digested easily by taking a glass of lassi after the meal. For most Punjabis, a few Aloo...
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How To Acquire Antiques from Genuine Sources – Top Three Tips

18
Sep
How To Acquire Antiques from Genuine Sources - Top Three Tips
The real joy of acquiring an antique lies in identifying an antique at its original source, persuading the owner to partake it and adding it to your collection. In this process, you get to know the source of the item, the genuineness of the item, the owner of the item, the history of the item, and the purpose for which the antique has been used. When we acquire an item from a known source, we can narrate a story around the item. Any antique will acquire its intrinsic value by its history and...
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Anthills – One of Nature’s Wonders

05
Sep
Anthills – One of Nature’s Wonders
Anthills are constructed as tall as 8 feet to 12 feet high. I had visited J. Krishnamurti Foundation India located in a deep forest near Bangalore recently. My friend Mr. Sekhar Rao recommended this place for me to attend their three day course appropriately called “Retreat”. It is a marvellous place full of forest greenery, variety of colourful birds, and wild flowers. In the evening, one has to invariably carry a battery light as it is dark and one has to watch each step. The place is...
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Copper and silver Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Trumpet

28
Aug
Copper and silver Tibetan Buddhist Prayer  Trumpet
In Hindu and Buddhist religions it is a common practice to offer sound to god along with other offerings like flowers, fruits, water, incense and fire by way of lamp. Hindus offer sound by blowing conch or ring a bell. Buddhist, particularly Tibetan Buddhists offer sound by blowing a trumpet. This trumpet is called Tibetan Dungchen and also Rag-dung. This trumpet is a prayer trumpet or a prayer horn. This musical instrument is   used by Buddhist monks as a “sound offering”. This trumpet...
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Antique Copper And Brass Indian Ethnic Narsingha Trumpet

11
Aug
Antique Copper And Brass Indian Ethnic Narsingha Trumpet
Man blowing antique copper brass Indian ethnic Narsingha trumpet The trumpet shown in the picture is known as Narsingha or Ransingha trumpet and is mostly used in Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Kullu Manali in the Himalayan ranges. This curved “S” shaped trumpet is hand made out of copper and brass combination. The main trumpet is made with copper and the trims and embellishments are of Brass. It is used like a bugle. Trumpet in two sections Thinner section is inserted into wider...
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Antique Brass And Copper Kamandalam

04
Aug
Antique Brass And Copper Kamandalam
Kamandalam is a water pot with a handle used by Hindu religious sadhus, sanyasis, munis, yogis, ascetics, Buddhist monks and Hindu mendicants to carry water. Kamandalam represents a self-contained and simple life. Kamandalam is also called as Kamandal or Kamandalu. It is traditionally made out of ripe bottle gourd, or pumpkin, or coconut shell, or from wood of the Kamandalataru tree. It is said that the water in a traditional pumpkin Kamandalam is equivalent to Amrutam, the elixir of life;...
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Sambrani Incense Brass Pot

18
Jul
Sambrani Incense Brass Pot
Sambrani smoke from charcoal fire in brass pot. Do you know how ladies used to dry their hair after a head bath in those good old days when electric hair driers were not available?  Yes! They had a traditional style of drying the hair with perfumed hot air. Sounds romantic and feels cosy doesn’t it? In the old days, when modern gadgets had not yet invaded the lives of humans, drying wet hair after the bath was a cosmetic ritual. Ladies used Sambrani dhoop, the incense smoke that is generated...
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Vintage Bronze Drinking Water Glass

12
Jul
Vintage Bronze Drinking Water Glass
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 made of different materials. Till the invention of stainless steel, aluminium, and plastic, common man was using brass, bronze, and copper glasses for drinking water. Now...
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Antique Copper Water Storage Pot – Pani Ka Ghada

30
Jun
Antique Copper Water Storage Pot – Pani Ka Ghada
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 3 pots full of water at a time on their head from a long distance.  The water acquired with such a trouble is very precious and has to be protected by all means. Keeping...
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