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  • Shiva Lingam – A symbol of creation

    Shiva Lingam, a holy symbol of lord Shiva, literally means the body of Shiva. It is considered as more sacred and holistic by Shiva devotees in and around India.

    Lingam is often seen as a symbol of the energy and potential of God, Shiva himself. The word “Lingam” has two parts – Lim (the end) and Gam (the recreation).

    It represents the manifesting power of God and some interpret the Lingam as the symbol of Truth, knowledge and Infinity.

    Shivalingam Antique Finish

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    The Puranas, Tantra, The early tribes of Indus valley civilization, modern Shiva theology scholars, and Hindu devotees interpret different meanings for Shiva lingam.

    The Shiva lingam is often worshiped attached to Yoni, a symbol of goddess Shakthi. It represents the oneness of male (Shiva) energy and Female (Shakthi) energy a source of creative energy – the Universe

    Early tribes of Indus valley civilization believed the togetherness of lingam and Yoni in Shiva lingam as the point of entire cosmos energy, creation, and enlightenment.

    Apart from these varied interpretations and believes the Lingam declares the truth that God does not have any definite form, thus makesworship simple. Lingam is not a form but it is an Arupa Rupam.

    Shiva Lingam could be divided into three parts consisting of lowest, the middle and the upper moat.The lowest portion symbolizes ‘Brahma-Pitha’ (the creator), the middle portion symbolizes ‘Vishnu-Pitha’ (Preserver), and the uppermost represents Shiva pitha (Samhara).

    There are 32 types of Shiva Lingams made of out of different materials from metals to seed paste.This because of Lord Shiva is believed to be beyond all qualities of Forms and Formless.

    The oldest example of Lingam is in Parasurameswara Temple at Gudimallam, a small village, located in Srikalahasti Mandal of the Chittoor district of Andra Pradesh.

    The 5 Pancha-bhuta Lingas are: Kalahastishwar, Jambukeshwar, Arunachaleshwar, Ekambareshwar of Kanjivaram, and Nataraja of Chidambaram.

    We, Tamil Nadu Poombuhar, present you this antique Shivlingam made of 5 metals containing Zinc, Copper, Gold, Lead, and Tin. This beautiful antique finished Shivalingam weighs 8 kgs and perfect for Pooja and for decoration purpose.

    Incorporate this Shiva Lingam at your home and get blessed with wealth, health, and happiness.

  • HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BRASS ITEMS

    Brass is basically an alloy of zinc and copper. Sometimes some other metal may be added to it. Brass items are expensive items and need to be taken care of.

    The foremost thing is to make sure that the item is actually made of brass or if it has just a brass polish over it. In the latter case, magnet will stick to it. The brass plated pieces need to be cleaned with a soft cloth or else the thin coating will wear off.

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    Solid brass items are valuable pieces. On exposure to air, it tarnishes or oxidizes. The removal of tarnish is very important and therefore a clear coating of lacquer is applied on it to prevent the oxidation. Various types of polishes are available such as Brasso etc which are oily in nature; and they do not allow the alloy to come in direct contact with air; thereby preventing oxidation. Almost all the metal polishes contain solvents and detergents (which is required for removing the tarnish), mild abrasive and oils (which is required for inhibiting future tarnishing). Polish should be adequately applied i.e. only in traces as its overuse may discolor the metal.

    The entire cleaning and protecting process of the brass includes the following steps :-

    The general cleaning procedure involves the washing of the brass piece with warm water and mild detergent. For heavily tarnished brass, hot vinegar can be used for its cleaning or even by rubbing half a lemon with salt on it  one can do the cleaning very well.

    For mild polishing, toothpaste can be used or even a mixture of water, white vinegar and a cup of flour can be used. Remove lacquer coating by applying paint or varnish removing chemical to the brass article. The metal polish is applied in a very little quantity on an absorbent cloth; which is then allowed to dry for some time. Then, along with a grain of brass, it is rubbed on the metal surface. With another piece of dry cloth, buff the brass so that it may shine.

    Finally, reapply lacquer on to the brass article so as to provide a protective layer to it. With the help of a paint brush or cotton balls, only a thin layer is applied evenly and is allowed to dry or else finger prints etc will be left behind.

    After following these steps, only regular dusting with dry cloth is required to maintain the natural shine of the brass piece.

    The beautiful and eye catching brass idols of Lord Shiva and the decorative pieces at Poompuhar, too, can be taken care of in the similar simple manner.

    We must remember that brass can be damaged by excessive cleaning or using abrasives. Brass polishes are also abrasive; so they should not be used very frequently or else the finish will be permanently removed.

  • POOMPUHAR THANJAVUR ART PLATES

    The metal art plates of Thanjavur are the traditional handicraft of Tamil Nadu. These beautiful plates showcase the careful workmanship of the artisans. This art is said to have emerged about 250 years ago. It is said that Rajah Sirfoji II wanted to present some unique piece of art to his guests. He was so impressed on seeing these art plates that out of the various wonderful works of the artisans, he chose to gift these amazing art plates.

    Thanjavur Special Work Art Plate

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    The Thanjavur Art plates are made using brass, copper and silver. The wonderful art plates bear designs of birds, animals, flowers, gods and goddesses or even geometric patterns. The designs are beaten out of copper and silver sheets and then embossed on a brass plate. The plates are usually round in shape. They are mounted on a wooden base and made into wall hangings. The plates are available in various sizes with the maximum size being 32 inches.

    In more modern forms of the Thanjavur brass plates, along with the base of the brass plate,silver foils with embossed motifs arranged on laminated shields on wooden base is also being used. This gives an impression of a totally silver memento, and the look is quite rich.

    Thanjavur Art Plates have been given legal protection from counterfeit products. In 1999, they were registered under the Geographical Indication Act, according to which Thanjavur Art Plate producers must register themselves as Authorized Users. This way, duplicate works can be checked and questioned by checking out the GI registration and logo.

    Thanjavur Art Plates, also known as the tri – metal – artwork, is practiced by almost 250 artisans, who belong to the Viswakarma community and live in and around the Thanjavur town.

    Appreciating the lovely Art Plates of Thanjavur, Mr. Dattatreya, Senior assistant Director, Office of the Development Commissioner (handicrafts), Union Ministry of Textiles, said that if the designs on the Art Plates can also be used on utility products such as jewelry boxes, candle stands, mirrors etc., it can add value to them.

    For the further improvement and sustenance of this craft, the Tamil Nadu govt. is aiming to provide insights to the artisans regarding certain technical inputs for surface treatment for preventing discoloration or fading of the Art Plates. To cater to the changing tastes of the buyers and for it to suit all types of markets, artisans are also being sensitized about new themes that can be adapted to this art.

  • Online shopping makes the world a better place

    Looking for hassle free shopping? Not a travel person but love shopping? Have a look for varieties?  Love privacy? Are you a busy bee? Are you alover of antique items? Then our online shopping portal ishere for you!! Poompuhar offers you online shopping; with a few steps you can make your shopping experience easier, happier and hassle free. Shopping online is shopping with freedom.

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    Create an account, choose your products of purchase, place an order and Pay! Payment could be done either by using our secure ‘Bill Desk-Payment Gateway or by transferring money to Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited’s Canara Bank Account online. That’s it and your shopping is done!You can also log in with your Facebook, G+ or twitter accounts.

    There is sea of choices well organized for you such that you can have a better shopping experience. Our products range from unique ones like Bronze icons, big wooden carvings, and Brass products to all-time favorite Stone and Thanjavur Paintings. Each product can be zoomed in to have a closer look at to give detailed visual view,and the full description including size, weight and stock details of the product is available and you can always feel free to inquire further details with our inquiry e-form, a unique facility open for online customers.

    Search with names or select from available products and, in case you can’t find your preferable item,you can fill up the inquiry form where you can place your orders or item inquiry including information about finish, craft and weight.

    Poompuhar offers multiple delivery address option which lets you surprise your partner/friends/family with gifts that represent the beauty of India. And the productscan alsobe returnedwith fullrefund claim!

    For shipment services, Poompuhar has a reliable courier service/regular transport options for domestic sales and reliable shipping agency for export sales.

    Customized and sweat free shopping which gives you a variety of attractive choices from the comfort of your home, is what makes the online shopping with us an all-time favorite and the preferred mode of shopping by our customers.

  • Bronze in Indian art

    Bronze is basically an alloy, traditionally composed of copper and tin. Modern Bronzes contains other metals such as Lead, Aluminum, Manganese, or Zinc.

    The art of Bronze casting is one of the most ancient and widespread art forms. Archeologists say that Indians become familiar with the usage of bronze about 4000 years before. Copper Age was followed by the Bronze Age.

    Indo-Greek coins in the ancient period made with bronze dates back to 170 BC. Indians had trade relations with Rome and China when bronze coins are in use.

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    Bronze played an important role in the world of Indian art.Ancient people of India used bronze for casting weapons, coins, daily utensils, and worship statues.

    In Asia Bronze casting techniques are mostly used in religious significance.In India, bronze sculptures have been found from Kushana, Chola, Pallava, and Gupta Dynasties.

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    The Indus Valley civilization(3300 BC – 1300 BC)is said to be a Bronze Age. This period is also known as the Harappan Civilization. The main inhabitants of Harappa are Dravidians.

    The Harappan culture developed new techniques in metallurgy and its use become common in later period. Bronze were used in the creation of weapons, coins, and staues.

    Here in Tamil Nadu,Bronze art and sculpture reached its finesse during Chola Dynasty and Pallava Dynasty. Hindu artisans from this period used bronze to create intricate statues of deities of Hinduism mostly and the lifestyle.

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    The Hindu Artisans used the lost wax casting          method, is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture is cast from an original sculpture.

    Cholas and Pallavas used Bronze sculptures models specifically for detailing ornaments of statues. Bronze statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are mainly used for worshiping in temples or in individual households.

    It is been said that in India in the period of Pallavas, the bronze sculptures and art came in their form of their own. The artistic works of this time is an example of simplicity and elegance.

    Chola Dynasty (9 th century until the beginning of 13 th century), Cholas’s kings contributedto culture and art of South India majestic architecture of temples and sculptures.

    Cholas period is considered as the remarkable period for its Bronze sculptures and art. It is the great age of Bronze sculpture. Huge Bronze images in large numbers were created.

    The finest Chola masterpieces are the bronze statue of Siva Nataraja at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

  • Exhibition cum sale at the Lalit Kala Akademi Chennai

    Don’t miss our 4 day exhibition cum sale at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai. Walk in between 10 am to 7 pm and buy exclusive merchandise at attractive prices

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  • Pith work: Carving monuments out of wood

    Among the various Indian arts is Pith Work, which has been in India for a long time. Indian artisans are skilled at making miniatures of anything you ask for. The stalks of an herbaceous plant are dried in sun until they loses all their water content.  The uppermost layer is then skinned and all of them are cut into cylindrical blocks. Pith work is then carved out from these cylindrical wedges.

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    It was initially done by either keeping it plain or by colouring the miniature ivory, but in today’s time, many craftsmen make colourful sculptures out of pith. The final finished product comes in various sizes and the prices also range from a mere fifty to a few thousand rupees. The southern states of India are known for Pith work in the entire world. Visitors from far-off places appreciate this form of art. Many of them also take them home as a souvenir from the Indian soil.

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    The artisans are an expert in carving Taj Mahal, Rajagopurams, and other monuments; each piece in absolute resemblance with the original. The work requires a lot of finesse and dedication. The miniatures are made in parts. Each part is carved intricately with a very sharp knife and then stuck to the main body generally with a naturally made gum. This process can take up to days for making a single specimen which is later on placed into a glass case and sealed from all the sides.

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  • Exhibition at The Art Houz Gallery

    For the first time in years, Poompuhar & Cooptex have joined hands to host an exhibition at "The Art Houz" Gallery, Kasturirangan Road, Alwarpet. The MD of Cooptex Thiru.T.N.Venkatesh, IAS & the CMD of Poompuhar Dr. Santhosh Babu, IAS graced the occasion with their august presence. This exhibition seeks to highlight the breathtaking artwork of our master craftsmen.

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  • Poompuhar is conducting a 3 month training programme on ‪‎Seevali‬ Making (a musical instrument)

    Poompuhar is conducting a 3 month training programme on Seevali Making (a musical instrument) since 18.03.2015 with financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 3.5 Lakh from the Government of Tamil Nadu under the Part-II Scheme for the year 2014-15. A group of 10 trainees was selected by a Committee from Poompuhar Corporate Office, and was trained by Th.T.J.Subramaniam, D.Music. This programme will go on until 17.06.2015.

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