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  • Inspection to Kanyakumari Haut

    The Kanyakumari Haut being inspected by Chairman & Managing Director, Poompuhar, Dr. Santhosh Babu I.A.S on 28th April 2015 in the presence of District collector Shri Sajjansingh R. Chavan and Selvi Shreya P Singh IAS.






  • Old is Gold – Antique Home Decor Products

    Old is gold, they say. And so it is. Traditional jewelry handed down from generation to generation, vintage style chandeliers, coins from a historical era – these are priceless possessions, and one has to have an eye for craftsmanship to truly appreciate the worth of such antiquities.

    A good interior home design must be able to amalgamate an eclectic mix of modern and tradition to stand out. Just going on a spree of modern, fancy decor items makes a house look more like a shop where products have been stocked up together. Instead, decor items must be able to complement each other; the house or space must have an identity of its own.

    Poompuhar has a variety of antique products that can balance the overall look between traditional and modern in your home.

    Brass Geethaupadasam Antique Finish

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    The artist’s love for the religious epic Mahabharatha is clearly visible in the detailed work in this brass Geethaupadasamin antique finish. This gold plated chariot shows Lord Krishna preaching Arjuna, the Pandava warrior at the war field of Mahabharata.

    Radhakrishnar Antique Finish

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    This idol of Radha-Krishna functions both – for pooja as well as decoration purposes. The divine couple is seen lost in the music of each other’s love. Exquisite attention to detailing in the peacock feather on Krishna’s head, his flute, Radha’s jewelry and both their dresses makes it a must-have product for handicraft lovers.


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    The addition of fresh flowers adds fragrance and a positive liveliness to any room. This brass vase has been oxidized for a long-lasting finish. Perfect for a bed side table so that you and your loved ones wake up to fresh flowers.

    Balaji Antique Finish

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    The gold plating on this idol of brass will remind you of the grand Balaji temple in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh. Balaji is one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu in position adorned with Sanku& Chakra as his attributes.


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    This Ganesh idol is made of brass in antique finish. Lord Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is also known as Vinayaga, Ganapati and Vigneswara. In this idol, the elephant headed deity is seen holding ‘paasam’ (the noose) and ‘mazhu’ (the axe) in his hands along with his broken tusk in writing pose.


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    A rare idol of Lord Shiva performing  the divine dance called ‘Tandava’ which signifies the continuous cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution.

    boga sakthi

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    Parvathi, the consort of Shiva is the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. Seek her blessings by establishing this idol in antique finish in your temple space.


    ‘Home sweet Home’, as is often referred, is the ultimate place where one can find peace, solace, happiness and satisfaction. In order to make our homes so, it is essential to keep in mind small details which can make it a heaven.

    how to bring positive energy into your homes

    In order to bring in positive energy, the foremost important thing which one should bear in mind is that it should be as comfortable as possible.

    The house we live in should have a spacious look. Even if it is small, one can give it a spacious look by keeping only the essential items and discarding the less used or useless ones.

    Lighting is another important aspect which needs to be considered. Darkness can give you a depressed feeling while good natural or artificial light instills not only brightness in ones room, but also in their moods. The rooms should be well lit by natural light in the day time and full spectrum bulbs or LED lights in the night.

    The rooms should be well ventilated ones. The indoor plants, besides adding beauty to the room, also act as natural air purifiers. By putting indoor plants one can bring about a serene look to the room. Cleaning and changing the filters of the air conditioners and heaters is also a must. By using mild aromatherapy, also, one can boost the energy levels.

    The choice of the color combination adds ambience to the room. It gives a soothing effect and attracts positive energy, if selected wisely. It can be balanced by the use of bright and vibrant colors. The seven colors of the rainbow have a varying effect on us. We need to know them in order to draw the best from them.

    The VIBGYOR effect on us is as follows:-

    Violet has a healing effect but it can also give a distressed feeling if overdone. . Indigo color instills intuition and perception, yet its excess may cause depression. Blue has a reassuring and serene effect but if used in excess, it, too, can attract depressive energy. Greens have a soothing effect, but its overdoing can make one feel lethargic and sluggish. Yellows make you delighted and motivated. But again, its excess can be harmful and can give a feeling of uncertainty. Orange suggests warmth, but it can cause restlessness if overdone. Red is generally considered to be for romance, but too much of it may instill anger also.

    While decorating the room, one must keep in mind these effects so as to create harmony among the colors by selecting them carefully and cautiously. Colors can be used in combination to get a balanced atmosphere.

    The accessories and the furniture in the house also have an influence on the energy levels. These should be arranged in such a manner that there is no overcrowding or chaos. Leaving enough moving space should be kept in mind. Mirrors add to the positive energies as their reflection makes the room look larger.

    Besides, there are some feng shui tips of providing positive vibes to the homes, which many people follow.

    Positive energy at home calls for wellness of its members along with their good health and vitality. Along with the above mentioned tips, a clean and well organized house keeps the energy levels charged and the moods remain elated. Thus, home should undoubtedly be a place where one feels refreshed and renewed and energized.


    ‘Shiva’, as the word means, the ‘Auspicious One’, in Sanskrit, is the supreme God of the Hindus. He came to the world in different forms, or avatars, to perform great and ideal works in human form so as to set example for the rest of the human beings. He assumed some avatars in order to save his devotees from devils or even proud Gods. he has many benevolent and fearful forms. Of the numerous incarnations of Lord shiva, the most valuable of his avatars are Tatpurush, Namadeva, Aghoresh, Sadhojat and Ishan.

    Lord Shiva appeared as Tatpurush, after the prayer of Lord Brahma, in the 21st Kalpa of the planet Peetavasa. It was his third most popular incarnation.

    Namadeva is the avatar assumed by Lord Shiva in the 20th Kapla. It was when Lord Brahma changed his complexion to red and from this appeared another entity; which was the incarnation of Lord Shiva, called Namadeva.

    Aghoresh is the avatar of Lord Shiva , which is an entity of black colored complexion of Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma was in deep meditation at this time and named this form of Lord Shiva as Aghoresh.

    Sadhojat is the avatar assumed by Lord Shiva in the 19th Kalpa. It is assumed to be the first incarnation of Lord Shiva. While Lord Brahma was meditating, this form of Lord Shiva appeared. From his own body, four disciples of the Sadhojat appeared; which were Nandan, Vishwanandan, Sunand and Upanandan.

    Ishan form of Lord Shiva appeared with Saraswati in its manifestation in the Vishwaroop Kalpa. And from the Ishan Shiva appeared four divine forms Mundi, Shikhandi, Caste and Ardhamundi. Lord Brahma blessed all of them with the creation facility.

    Besides these, there are some more forms in which Lord Shiva appeared. These are :-

    Ardhnaarishwar Avatar

    Arthanarieshwar Polish

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    Here,  Lord Shiva appeared with half of his body and the other half body is of Mata Parvati. This form of Lord Shiva, besides being calm and peaceful, provides blessings to its disciples.

    Nandi Avatar

    Sharabh Avatar was the 6th avatar of Lord Shiva.

    Grihpati avatar was the 7th avatar of Lord Shiva.

    Neelkanth avatar is the form of Lord Shiva which was assumed by him when there was a lot of poison (vish) caused by the churning of the ocean, and in order to save the world from its harmful effects, Lord Shiva drank up all its water. Mata Parvati put her palm on his neck so that it would not go below his throat. But the effect of the poison was so much that he turned blue in color. It is therefore called Neelkanth form.

    Rishi Durvasha avatar of lord Shiva is the main avatar. Lord Shiva has acquired this avatar to maintain the discipline of this universe.

    Mahesh avatar is another peaceful form of the Lord.

    Hanuman avatar is the incarnation to portrait the example of the Lord and his good disciple. This avatar was acquired during the time of Lord Rama.

    Rishabh avatar

    Piplaad avatar of Lord Shiva is to rescue the devotees from their Shani Dosha. The name of this avatar is said to be given by Lord Brahma.

    Vaishyanath avatar

    Yatinath avatar is yet another peaceful avatar of Lord Shiva.

    Krishna Darshan avatar of the Lord promotes the importance of yagna and the other Hindu religious rituals.

    Awdhuteshwar avatar was to crush the ego of the arrogant Indra.

    Bichhuwara avatar protects the creatures from all difficulties.

    Sureshwar avatar represents the Lords love and care towards his devotees.

    Brahmachari avatar

    Sunatnartak avatar

    Saddhu avatar

    Vibhuashwathma avatar

    Kiraat avatar

    Veerbhadra avatar

    Bhairav avatar

    Allama Prabhu avatar

    Khandoba avatar

    Lord Shiva is fondly called Bholenath, Mahadev, Parmeshwara etc and is one of the most popular deities of Hinduism. All his avatars have saved the earth from evils.

  • Five must visit places for stone carvings in India

    India is famous for its rich stone carved temples and monuments. The country boasts a phenomenal number of ornately carved structures, most of which are world heritage sites. If you are the kind of a person who could get lost in the beauty of exquisite sculptures depicting not just the Gods but also those intricately carved architectural marvels frozen in time, then we have the right list of five must visit places in India. Go ahead and check them all off your list.

    Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri Island, Maharashtra

    Elephanta Island or Gharapuri is about 11 kms from the coast of Mumbai and you can take a ferry to reach the island from Apollo Bunder. There are about seven rock-cut caves in the island; five on the western mountains and two on the eastern side of which one is incomplete and the other houses a Stupa. The caves hold no inscriptions and so the attributions are unknown but the locals believe that these sculptures are not man-made. The cave has brilliant stone carvings of lord Shiva and other Hindu deities and some of the notable sculptures include the 20 ft. high Trimurthi sculpture, Ravana lifting Mount Kailash also called as the Ravanugraha, different forms of Lord Shiva including Nataraja- the cosmic dancer and Arthananishwara. A truly brilliant marvel, this place is one among the seven wonders of India.

    Elephanta Caves - Gharapuri Island - Maharashtra Image Credit - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elephanta_Caves_in_Elephanta_Island_in_Maharashtra.JPG

    Toranas, Sanchi, India

    This small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh holds the world famous “Great Stupa of Sanchi” commissioned by King Ashoka during the third century B.C. ‘Torana’ meaning ‘gateway’ reflects great beauty and detailing and represents some of the finest examples of Buddhist Architecture. These Thoranas are placed strategically around the SanchiStupa and are intricately carved leaving no space free. This places is a must visit for all those who would like to experience the exquisiteness of Buddhist architecture.

    Toranas Sanchi India Image Credit - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:West_Torana,_Sanchi_03.jpg

    Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

    Also known as Mamallapuram, this small coastal town in the district of Kancheepuram is a wonder by its own standards. The 96 ft. high and 43 ft. long monolithic marvel called as “Arjuna’s Penance” or “Descent of the Ganges” is enough to take your breath away. This excellent stone relic is also the largest preserved open-air relief in the World. Built by the Pallavas between the seventh and the ninth century A.D. this historic port town also contains brilliantly carved rathas, mandapas and an exquisite shore Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    Arjuna Penance in Mahabalipuram

    Image Credit - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arjuns_Penance,_Relief_carvings_HDR_St_(2281607556).jpg

    Wall carvings at Sun Temple, Konark

    This 13th Century Sun temple is located at Konark in the state of Odisha built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Listed one among the seven wonders of India, this architectural delight is in the form of a chariot with elaborately carved twelve pairs of wheels which as serve as sundials that can be used to calculate the time accurately and seven horses to pull the chariot. Built using the traditional style of KalingaArchicture, it is carefully oriented towards east so that the Sun’s first rays falls on the principal entrance.

    Wall Carvings of Konark Temple Image Credit - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wall_carvings_of_Konark_Temple.jpg

    Jami Masjid, Champaranand Adalaj Step-wel, Gujarat

    The construction of Jami Masjid dates back to the 16th Century and was done over a period of 125 years. It has a blend of both Muslim and Hindu Architecture and is a must visit for all those who love the exquisite beauty of intricately carved walls and domes. The Adalajstepwell is a Hindu 'water building' in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad. Built using Sholanki architectural style, one has to be there to experience the true marvel of the chiseled circular structure.

    Adalaj Step-wel in Gujarat Gandhinagar Image Credit - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adalaj_Step-well_in_Gandhinagar,_Ahmedabad.jpg

    India’s architectural marvels do not stop with these exquisite places. If your thirst for sculptural beauty is not quenched completely, you can also visit other wonders like Khajuraho temple, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Badami caves, Hoysaleswara Temple located atHalebid, Karnataka, Dilwara Temple at Mount Abu, Rajasthan and so on to list a few.


    The Hindu God Shiva is popularly known as Nataraja; which is a Sanskrit word meaning – ‘Lord of Dance’. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is a cosmic dancer, whose dance destroys the weary world and paves way for God Brahma to start the process of creation. The Nataraj form of Lord Shiva originated in the Southern India by the artists of the Chola period(880-1279CE).

    The sculptures of Lord Shiva are symbolic. The cosmic dance of Shiva; also called ‘Anandatandava’, means‘The dance of Bliss’. It was in the presence of the gods and took place at the center of the universe. Shiva is seen with four arms in the poised pose of tribhanga; in Bharatanatyam. These four hands depict the four main directions i.e. the East, West, North and South. In the upper right hand of Shiva is a small drum, also called ‘damru’. It personifies the sound of creation. The lower right raised hand signifies protection. The lower left hand symbolizes peace and being calm during times of trouble or at the time of misery. The idol has a snake in his handand it can also be seen uncoiling from the lower right forearm of Shiva and entwined within his hair. It stands for goddess Ganga in Shiva’s hair.In the Nataraja form, Shiva is seen dancing on the aureole of flames with his right leg lifted and left leg balanced over a demon or dwarf (Apasmara). This personifies the victory over ignorance. The artisans have amazingly taken care of visualizing the minutest details of the symbolic sculpture; for example how the dwarf looks at Shiva with his head turned when he is standing on his back or the beautifully crafted jewelry of Lord Shiva.

    It depicts the continuous process of creation and destruction; which is a natural phenomenon and the basis of existence. The Shiva dance is of two forms; which depicts the two aspects of Shiva’s nature – he destroys so as to create. The gentle form of dance which is called ‘Lasya’ is associated with the creation of the world. The second form of dance is the violent and dangerous one; which is called the ‘Tandava’, which is associated with the destruction of this world.

    Most of the Shiva temples in South of India have sculptures of the form of Shiva which is also called ‘Sabesan’ by the Tamil people. It means ‘The Lord who dances on the dais’. The sculptures are mostly made in bronze and are considered as ‘The symbol of Indian Culture’.

    These beautiful and eye catching works of art depicting the dance of Nataraja can be seen in Poompuhar. The wonderful sculptures can be bought from the Tamilnadu Handicraft Development Corporation; which is a Government of Tamil Nadu undertaking. These carefully crafted pieces of art have little variations which makes each sculpture unique and magnificent in itself. These four splendid works of the artisans are:-

    • Nataraja Antique finish- As the name suggests, it has a finish which gives it an antique look. Its price starts from Rs 5000.

    Nataraja Antique finish

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    • Nataraja polish- Its price starts from Rs 3000.

    Nataraja polish

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    • Brass Nataraja polish- Its price starts from Rs 1,729 and it has a brass polish on it.

    Brass Nataraja polish

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    • Brass Nataraja Antique finish- Its price isRs 420 onwards.

    Brass Nataraja Antique finish

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    The beautiful and meaningful pieces of handicraft have acquired appreciation world- wide. They have been carefully crafted taking into consideration each and every bit of the details, which makes them all the more appealing.

  • Papier Mache training at Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli.

    Happy to share that we are conducting Papier Mache training for 50 women for 6 months at ‪Srirangam‬, Tiruchirapalli‬.

    Papier-mache (literally meaning “chewed paper”) or paper mache is a handicraft technique that uses paper in the form of pieces or pulp, often reinforced with textiles, and then glued together using an adhesive. The traditional method of making this adhesive was using a mixture of flour or other starch mixed in water, but now chemical based glues are also used. Papier-mache items such as dolls, masks, puppets and lamps are quite popular in India and abroad.

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    Papier Mache training srirangam tiruchirapalli

    Papier Mache training in process

  • Award Ceremony Felicitates Artisans

    A grand award function was organized by Poompuhar(Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd.) on 30th March, 2015 to acknowledge and encourage talented Indian artisans. The ceremony was held at the GRT Convention Hall, Chennaiin the esteemed presence of Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries &Labour, Thiru P. Mohan, Hon’ble Minister for Handlooms & Textiles.

    Other dignitaries that were present to grace the occasion include:

    • Thiru. Harmander Singh, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles &Khadi Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
    • Mallikarjunaiah, Regional Director, Southern Region. : Office of the Development Commissioner (H), ShastriBhavan, Chennai
    • Tmt. S. GokulaIndra, Members of Parliament, Legislative Assembly and Chennai Corporation, and
    • Chairman & Managing Director, Poompuhar, Dr. Santhosh Babu I.A.S.

    Highlights of the event include a grand speech by Tmt. S. GokulaIndra and the felicitation ceremony wherein deserving artisans in various categories received a total of 136 prizes from the Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries &Labour, Thiru P. Mohan.

    The award categories are as follows:


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