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Antique Brass Tiruchoornam Bharani (Container)

10
Feb
Antique Brass Tiruchoornam Bharani (Container)
  Tiruchoornam Bharani in the shape of fish. 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 depicting the Vishnu Padam (foot) in “U” shape in white colour and red colour line in between “U” shape depicting Goddess...
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Tulsi Pooja Oil Diyas

27
Mar
Tulsi Pooja Oil Diyas
Tulsi Pooja with special Diya arrangement from YK’s Collection Light is life.Without light there is no life on earth. Hence any source of light is considered as divine in Hinduism. Sun is a god known as Surya Bhagavan and moon is a demi god known as Somadeva. All man made sources of light like, oil diyas are sacred objects and are used in temples, prayer rooms and religious ceremonies. At the time of pooja (prayers) along with offerings to god like flowers,fruits,special food...
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Antique Brass Oil Lamps (Diya)

05
Mar
Antique Brass Oil Lamps (Diya)
Life in India is colorful, spiritual, beautiful and at the same time simple and mundane. The objects or things used in daily life are combined with functionality and beauty. The spirit behind this is most probably the Hindu faith that there is only one ultimate reality that is called God or Super soul and the entire universe is the manifestation of God. It is this strong faith that makes a Hindu see divinity in everything that exists in this universe. This is the reason for the strange...
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Ganga Water Lota

23
Feb
Ganga Water Lota
  I had been to Varanasi several times and whenever I go, I make it a point to spend as much time as possible on the banks of Ganges river at its various ghats with beautiful steps and colorful people and mysterious ceremonies which take place on the ghats and in the Ganges river. The most inspiring sight to watch is the ceremonial bath that millions of Hindu religion followers take in the Ganges. After the bath they carry the sacred water of Ganga river to their homes...
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Antique Mobile Wash Basin

16
Jan
Antique Mobile Wash Basin
Antique Mobile Wash Basin From YK’s Collection When you go to a good restaurant, you are usually provided with a napkin, and after completing the meal a finger bowl to wash your fingers. This is a courtesy and comfort they provide you and save you from going to the wash room to wash your fingers or hands. As far as a fine dining restaurant is concerned, a finger bowl would suffice, as you have your entire cutlery (knife, fork, spoon etc.) to eat the...
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Antique Betel Boxes

04
Jan
Antique Betel Boxes
  Betel Box From Yk’s Collection Betel boxes are used to store and carry paan and the various ingredients that go into making a chewing paan. Paan is basically a preparation made out of of betel leaf (piper betle),areca nut, quicklime (slaked lime) paste (Calcium Hydroxide) and a brown powder paste of katha (or Kaatha). Betel Box in Peacock Shape- From Yk’s Collection Betel Box in Peacock Shape Showing container Firstly, slaked lime...
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Katar –The Dagger

28
Dec
Katar –The Dagger
From YK’s Collection Katar is a dagger with a hilt comprising two parallel bars connected by two or more cross-pieces to provide grip. One of the cross pieces is located at the end of the parallel bars and is fixed to the blade. The rest of the cross pieces are fixed at the center of the parallel bars which serves as the handle. Katar is basically a punching dagger and was mostly used by the Rajput, Sikh and Mughal warriors of India. Katar is a very powerful dagger and can...
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Antique Torch

23
Dec
Antique Torch
YK’s collection of torches-   From YK’s Collection The torches shown in the picture are made out of carved brass. I have collected them from an antique shop in the city of Karaikudi located in the Chettinadu area of Tamil Nadu, India. Chettinadu is an area which is mostly occupied by Chettiars (trading community) and this is a very prosperous community. They lived in huge houses and they practiced elaborate and rich social and religious rituals. These torches were used by...
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Antique Ink-pot

21
Dec
Antique Ink-pot
The Origin of ink-pot as per Indian Mythology : From Yk’s Collection According to Hindu scriptures the souls of all dead beings go to Yamapuri. Here the god of death Yama Dharmaraja punishes or rewards them as per the evil deeds or good deeds they have done in their life. The souls who have done more of evil deeds will go to hell where the soul receives punishment and the souls who have done predominantly good deeds go to heaven where they will be rewarded with good life. It...
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Samovar – An Unique Antique Piece

20
Dec
Samovar - An Unique Antique Piece
Samovar basically is a metal container used to boil water. The heated water is mostly used for making tea and hence Samovar is generally associated as tea maker. Samovar is used in and around Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and in Kashmir. Traditionally charcoal is used to heat the water. Antique samovars are known for their beautiful workmanship. Samovars come in variety of shapes and sizes like cylindrical, spherical, barrel, urn shaped or combination of these...
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