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Antique Brass Rice Cooking Pots

30
Dec
Antique Brass Rice Cooking Pots
Beautiful Antique Brass Rice Cooking Pots Do you know how rice was cooked before the invention of modern gadgets like pressure cookers, electric rice cookers and micro oven? In the good old days, rice was cooked in dedicated brass vessels exclusively made for cooking the rice. I have collected some of these rare brass rice cooking pots called Annam ginnelu in Telugu language (Annam = rice, ginnelu = pots). These beautiful brass cooking pots are revered as Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess for wealth and...
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Antique Brass Serving Pots

02
Jul
Antique Brass Serving Pots
Brass antique serving pots hanging from chain Before I talk about these lovely shaped serving pots, I should first talk about the traditional Andhra meal, the main dishes in the meal, how they are presented and served. I will then tell you about how these serving pots are used. We have specially designed pots to serve the liquid variety of the Andhra food and entirely different type of pots to serve the non-liquid type of dishes. The serving pots shown here are to serve Andhra...
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Antique Stone Cooking Pots

08
May
Antique Stone Cooking Pots
Stone Cooking Pots Arranged in a Group These beautiful stone cooking pots will be the pride of any kitchen and are antique collectors’ delight. They are hand-carved out of a single block of soft stone, known as soapstone. These soap stone pots are mostly used in southern states of India like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. They are called Ratichippa in Telugu language (rati-stone, chippa- cooking pot) and “Kalchatti” in Tamil language (kal-stone,...
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Antique Coconut Scraper

09
Apr
Antique Coconut Scraper
In our modern competitive life style we are in a constant race to be the most successful person in life. We want everything to be done quickly since we are always in a hurry. We acquire more and more time saving and comfort giving gadgets which are only functional and devoid of any art and fun. In our day to day life we have no time for the finer aspects of life such as aesthetics, fine arts and culture. If you want to see the art we have to go to art exhibitions and museums. Thus we lead a...
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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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