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  • Artistic and Functional Lamp Artifacts that Bring Auspiciousness and Serenity to Your Homes

    To mark the Deepavali festival, the festival of lights, a big range of ornamental lamps are manufactured and sold by Poompuhar, which is the brand name for Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation.

    Poompuhar has three production centres to make brass lamps using traditional methods at Nachiarkoil, Maduari and vagaikulam in Tamil Nadu. In these locations, many varieties of lamps are produced in many sizes using proper blends of metals. They come in various designs, spouts and motifs on their top. These brass lamps are extensively bought and used by the common public during Deepavali and Karthikai Deepam festivals.

    Poompuhar’s lamps are sold like hot cakes among masses for they are made from quality metals. As these lamps are being believed to bring fortune and peace for the families, they have become one of the fast moving Pooja items in India.

    Poompuhar manufactures and sells, through its pan-India showrooms, a variety of lamps such as Annam Lamp, Parrot Hanging Lamps, Brass Lamps, Ornamental Lamps, 4 Feet Malabar Lamps and Ganapathy Lamps. In this way, Poompuhar helps people to preserve their culture and tradition and creates festive moods among common masses.

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    malabar-lamp-buy-onlineBrass Lamps that are made and sold by Poompuhar is a positive symbol in the Hindu culture from ancient times. Brass is nothing but the alloy of copper and zinc. The Brass Agal Lamp comes with a beautiful plate with space to pour oil.  Cotton wicks are used to create oil lights during Deepavali and Karthigai Deepam festivals.

    Poompuhar creates metallic lamps as great aesthetics pieces. They play a big  decorative and artistic roles when they are utilized in festival seasons like Deepavali.

    These Poompuhar lamp artifacts are available in many shapes, sizes and colors. Copper based metals are used to create these lamps using traditional and modern design approaches as well. But, very simple and sleek metallic lamps are sold in a big way as they are considered as modern and contemporary.

    Poompuhar produces and sells these functional and aesthetic lamps in varying sizes from 15 inches to 27 inches. These eye-catching artistic pieces are extensively used for pooja purposes in various religious functions and rituals in India.

    Poompuhar makes and markets a variety of lamps for Deepavali and Karthigai festivals. They include Ganesha lamps, Lakshmi lamps, Balaji lamps, Annam lamps etc. It also sells Kubera Deepam, Mangala Deepam, Ashtalakshmi Deepam, Panchalinga Deepam, Jesus Cross Deepam and Kamatchi Deepam etc.

    Various exhibitions are also organized to display and sell these aesthetic and auspicious lamps as these would bring people in direct touch with the great craft works of traditional and modern artisans and metal sculptors. These exhibitions attract many visitors with an artistic bent of mind who buy these crafts and preserve the cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu and South India.

    Poompuhar Showrooms sell more than 500 types of lamps in various shapes and sizes. If you have artistic taste in your heart to preserve our culturally unique art pieces, you will not hesitate to buy those lamps in order to decorate your homes with beautiful oil lamps.

    Lamps that would be lighted up using the Gingili oil will fill your homes with divine aroma and serene rays of light and they would bring up good health and prosperity to you and your family members.

  • Deepavali: A Festival That Sheds Light into Our Hearts and Drives Away All Our Spiritual Darkness

    All Upanishads teach us to lead our life towards ‘light of knowledge’ or ‘Gnana Deepam’.  Deepavali is a very popular festival celebrated in India to signify this ancient truth by expressing it by some external festivities that are standing out as symbolic and artistic tools.

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    The word Deepavali means row of lighted lamps or spreading of light in Sanskrit. Diwali is its English pronunciation. It is also called Deepotsava which means festival of lights.

    Lighting the home with many diyas (oil lamps), home decoration, shopping many gift items, clothes, fireworks and prayers items, preparing special sweets and performing various rituals are the main activities that would mark Deepavali celebrations.

    Deepavali festivities contain celebration of sights through new clothing, sounds through fireworks, arts through rangoli and other decorations, and flavors through sweets and other special dishes. But, these festivities would be different in different places and countries.

    Even though Deepavali is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism, it is also celebrated by Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains in some parts of the world. Deepavali is also officially celebrated in countries like Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

    One of the largest shopping seasons in India and Nepal happens during Deepavali. People would buy new clothes for their families, friends, relatives and employees as well.

    Gift items, home appliances and even luxurious items like cars and jewelry are also bought during this celebration in large quantities.  People also prepare and exchange among themselves a variety of sweets and specialty food items as per the regional cultures, customs and traditions.

    Diwali is also celebrated to remember and tell a variety of stories from our ancient epics so that our kids and children could hear many mythological tales about light and darkness from the elders.

    Girls and women in India are the ones who are much excited about this grand festivity: They used to delightfully go for ‘Diwali Shopping’ to buy new clothes for themselves and their kids. They also used to draw a variety of creative rangoli patterns on floors in front of their homes.

    Grown-up children and adults alike would be helping in lighting and preparing for many kinds of fireworks to be fired in the early morning hours to invite Deepavali. In some places, prayers songs are sung in front of deities, with most general being Lakshmi who signifies wealth.

    On Diwali night, people used to create dramatic sounds by igniting various kinds of fireworks to light up the negative atmosphere and remove the darkness. This means we have to celebrate ourselves by driving away the darkness in our lives through various means!

    In the morning of the Deepavali day, family members gather together with new clothing and invite their friends and relatives to celebrate Deepavali with a feast that contains many special foods and sweets.

    While Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate this festival of lights to mark the attainment of liberation. Sikhs also celebrate a festival called  Bandi Chhor Divas which is very much similar to Deepavali. The Newar Buddhists celebrate Deepavali to commemorate Ashoka Chakravarthi’s conversion to Buddhism.

    In a seventh century play Nagananda, Maharaja Harsha mentions Deepavali as a day where lamps were lit and new brides and bridegrooms were provided with a special feast and gifted with marriage gifts. Al Biruni, a Persian traveler to India in the 11th century, wrote Deepavali was celebrated by Hindus on new moon day of Kartika month.

    The various yoga schools of Hindu culture advocated a faith that there is a pure and eternal atman or soul within us beyond our physical body and mind.  Diwali refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance that masks the reality of the soul.

    Deepavali inculcates in us this awakening and this leads us to love and awareness about the oneness of all god-created divine lives and things. Deepavali is a unique festival to lead us to this inner light from our spiritual darkness that is said to be the root cause of all our problems that are continuously arising in our life.

    Let us celebrate Deepavali with its true meaning and spirit and reach the shores of blissful divine worlds in which all our paths would be totally filled with the light of Gnana or Wisdom.

  • And the Award Goes to Tamil Nadu

    Poompuhar wins its first ever award. Yes, one of the esteem initiatives of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, Poompuhar, the art and crafts hub of the state of Tamil Nadu, emerged the deserving winner of Skoch Smart Governance Platinum award. The prestigious award was conferred on Poompuhar for “Transformation of TNHDC using Information #Technology” in a glittering ceremony in Hyderabad. All credits go to our honorable CMD, Dr. Santhosh Babu under whose dynamic leadership, Poompuhar is shining in all glory.

    skoch-smart-governance-platinum-awardskoch-smart-governance-platinum-award-poompuhar This year the competition was stiff with about 1500 entries from all over the nation. Out of these competing organizations only 300 were shortlisted for presentations and only 100 among them received the Skoch Order of Merit. Out of this 100, 45 institutions emerged as winners of Skoch Smart Governance Award under different categories. Particularly, this year, many of the proposals of Tamil Nadu were conferred the honor of Skoch Smart Governance Awards. And it was indeed a proud moment for our state of Tamil Nadu.

    Yet another proud recipient of Skoch Smart Governance Gold award was Amma Call Centre, one of the innovative initiative of our state government, for"Grievance Redressal through Amma Call Centre".

    “I am extremely happy for my outstanding teams who always work hard but never get the recognition. I dedicate these awards to my tireless teams”, claims Santhosh Babu, who leads Amma Call Centre as well, in addition to Poompuhar.

    Apart from Poompuhar and Amma Call Centre, a good bunch of few other institutions from our state were the happy recipients of Skoch Smart Governance awards this year.

    For "Comprehensive Input Supply Management System"Skoch Smart Governance Platinum Award was conferred on Tamil Nadu Agriculture department. For administering a great system that led to this award, Venkatachalapathy deserves kudos.

    Headed by young Dr.VijayKarthikeyan IAS, Coimbatore Municipal Administration received the Skoch Smart Governance Platinum Award for being the smartest city and a host of other awards!

    Skoch Smart Governance Platinum Award for "Best practices in elimination of open defecation" was presented to Trichy Municipal Administration.

    Our very own Chennai corporation also won an award too! They received the Skoch Smart Governance Platinum Award for their works management module.

    With a big bundle of these great awards, our Tamil Nadu stands majestic at the top second position. Telangana is the number one state.

  • Arts and Crafts That Really Beautify Various Religious Celebrations

    Religious Celebrations such as Diwali, Christmas and Ramadan are celebrated along with many kinds of simple arts and crafts. These arts and crafts are created for the public mass, and they are not meant for fulfilling the aesthetics of intellectuals. They can be called Social Arts, and there is a big need for these kinds of arts and crafts to fuel creative imaginations of common and simple people.

    Crafts for Celebrating Hindu Festivals

    Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. It is really a colourful religion which is famous for its religious festivals like Diwali, Onam and others. Hindu crafts include Bengali Paintings, Diwali Cards, Mandala Designs, Diwali Candles, Door Hangings and much more. Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is an important official holiday in India and Nepal. During the Diwali time, it is a general practice to light oil lamps called diyas and place them in the home, verandahs, gardens, outer walls and the rooftops.

    Crafts Used in Ramadan Celebrations

    Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. It is Islamic Calendar‘s 9th month.  The Muslims would not take any food and drink in the daytime of Ramadan month. They will adapt fasting to purify their souls.

    There are some Ramadan crafts which are used during this month. They would use the calendar as a   random act of kindness. They will also use Ramadan lantern or Fanoos, Masjid Puzzle and other special forms of crafts.

    Crafts used during Christmas Celebrations

    Christmas holidays are filled with colorful crafts. Children and adults used to take pleasure in making decorations, either in their homes or on the trees or at the meeting places. The Christmas duration is the most festive season of the year and it is celebrated even before many days in advance. After Thanksgiving Festival is over, people would start decorating for Christmas celebrations. Candy cane crafts and angel crafts are some of the examples of the social arts used by the public during the  Christmas celebrations.

    Angel crafts are made during Christmas time as angels are considered as messengers of God in Christianity. Angel crafts are beautiful and simple in their shapes and forms and they also include things that render positive effects in people’s lives. Giving someone an angel craft as a gift is really a way of giving them the faith and love they need to develop in their hearts during these festival times.

  • How Idols Can Bring You Good Luck and Positive Energy

    Idols or statues are such visible objects that symbolize the invisible energy and such elements that directly influence the spirituality and positivity in our lives. These statues are not just beautifully crafted pieces of decoration but they are also a kind guiding power that leads a person towards knowledge of their internal selves. Presence Idols representing various Gods affects the aura of your home positively and if they are placed in the right space the whole effect multiplies. Keeping idols of following Gods and Goddesses add auspiciousness to the home.

    Kuber- He is known to be the Lord of wealth and principally rules the north direction. He is also called ‘Dhanpati’ and protects all four directions, principally the north direction. So the placement of God Kuber’s idol in the north will open your doors to wealth and income generating opportunities.

    Goddess Annapurna- She is the Goddess of nutrition and food. She is known to carry food and grains in her hands. Placing a small idol representing ‘Devi Annapurna’ in a jar filled with rice is known to usher in of worldly wealth and happiness to your home.

    Surya- ‘The Sun God’- Sunrays which are prime source of vitamin D are most importantly responsible for presence of life on earth. Sun is the universal source of energy and whatever form of energy is required for the development of human civilization is generated or converted directly or indirectly from solar energy. Sunrays during the time of sunrise are highly positive and they should reach your home and office every morning. In earlier times houses were so constructed that the buildings received direct morning sunrays. However due to congestion in cities, modern buildings may not always receive direct morning sunrays. This deficiency can be balanced by placing a statue or any other symbol of Sun God on the Eastern wall of your home.

    Meditating Buddha- Meditating Buddha idols shows Buddha sitting on a lotus flower throne in a ‘Yog- Mudra’ called’ Vajrasna’. This was the posture taken by Buddha when he went into deep meditation and attained the supreme knowledge. The lotus flower symbolizes purity of heart and sacredness of the earth. Such an idol representing meditating Buddha exudes positive energy and meditating with this idol kept in front is known to give you a very healthy and positive energy.

    Shankha (Conch shell) - the Shankha is a sacred emblem of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi is believed to reside inside it. Keeping a Shankha in your house is known to do away the negativity in your house and bring prosperity and good luck to you.

  • Unique and Exceptional Facts about Customs and Traditions of India

    India has one of the oldest cultures in the world. Its civilization started about 4,500 years ago. Its culture is described as the first and the best culture in the world.

    Western societies failed to see the culture of India favorably. Early anthropologists considered this culture as a natural and evolutionary process. They said, “In India, everything was done to develop humans in their evolutionary growth.”

    Cultural Advancements

    India has made noteworthy advancements in architecture, mathematics, and medicine. Today, India is a country with more than 1.2 billion population. In India, there are many varieties of geographical topologies with their own unique cultures. India’s cultural tolerance has helped it to include many languages, arts, religions, sects, and a variety of food items.

    Here is an overview of some of the exceptional and unique facts about Indian culture.

    Religions in India

    India is found to be the birthplace for third and fourth largest religions in the world, the Hinduism and the Buddhism respectively. About 84 percent of the Indians are identified as Hindus. There are many variations in Hinduism, and there are four predominant sects in Hinduism such as Shaiva, Shakteya, Vaishnava and Smarta.

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    Languages in India

    Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. It is actually wrong to say that the majority of Indians speak Hindi. Only 41 percent of the populace speak Hindi in India and the remaining 59 percent of Indians speak other languages than Hindi. Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Urdu are the other major languages spoken in India.

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    Indian Cuisine

    Wheat, rice and various pulses are important staples of the Indian food. Usually, the Indian food is loaded with curries and spices such as coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon and peppers among others. Chutneys are very special items in all parts of India. These kinds of thick condiments and various spreads made up of fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, tamarind and mint are used liberally in Indian cooking.

    indian_cuisine_spicesArchitecture & Films

    The famous example of the excellence in architecture is the Taj Mahal. This was built by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan out of his great love on Mumtaz, his third wife. This architectural wonder combines various creative elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.

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    India is famous for its film industry. India’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumiere brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai. This film culture might be the extension of Indian theater traditions which span back more than 4,000 years.

    The themes of classical dance traditions such as Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak , Kathakali and Mohiniattam were drawn from mythological epics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha.

    Indian Fashion

    Indian clothing includes colorful saris worn by many of the Indian women. The clothing for men is the dhoti which is an unstitched white cloth that is tied between the waist and legs. Men will also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is would fall up to the knee.

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    Major Celebrations

    The country celebrates Diwali which is the largest celebration spread across India. It is a five-day celebration and is called ‘festival of lights’ as it symbolizes the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi is the another important festival in India; it is a celebration of colors, and is called festival of love.

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  • Ganesh Chaturthi -An Artistic Festival to Nurture National Integration

    Ganesh Chaturthi  or Vinayaka Chaturthi is an auspicious Hindu festival  celebrated to pray  the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Praying to Lord Ganesha makes any of our new activity a success!

    ganesh-chaturthi-indiaChaturthi in Hindi  means "fourth day" or "fourth state". This pan India festival is held on the 4th day of the Shukla Chaturthi month which falls in the month of August or September in English calendar. This celebration lasts for ten days and ends on the fourteenth day of the fortnight.

    Vinayaka Chaturthi is celebrated in families, workplaces and in public places. The common celebration uses big clay sculptures of Ganesha in public temporary shrines. This is done for group worship. Instead, smaller clay sculptures in a variety of shapes and sizes are installed at homes to worship Ganesha with relatives and friends. At the end of 10th day, the Ganesha idols are immersed in a lake, river or sea. The clay idols disintegrate over time in the water.

    This is an all-India festival, but it is especially celebrated in Maharashtra and Telangana. This is celebrated in a grand manner in the state of Maharashtra. The people of Maharashtra use traditional music instrument called Dhol Tasha.

    Throughout the ceremony, songs from the Ganapati Atharvashirsa, the Rigveda, the Narada Purana or from the Upanishads are chanted. Aartis to Ganesha idols are performed with relatives and friends, typically in the morning and evening.

    This festival is famous in the other parts of India such as Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and other parts of India. Ganesh Chaturthi is also observed in the overseas in Canada, Mauritius.Terai region of Nepal, and the Hindu diaspora in the US.

    In 1893, Bal Gangadhar Tilak praised the celebration of  Ganesha Utsav in his newspaper, Kesari, and the following year he installed a Ganesha idol in the Kesari office. His efforts transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organised public event. He was the first freedom fighter to install public images of Ganesha and established the practice of submerging the clay idols of Ganesha in the river, sea or other bodies of water.

    Tilak used this festival to facilitate community participation and involvement in the forms of intellectual discourse, poetry recitals, plays, concerts, and folk dances. It was acting as a meeting ground for people from all castes and communities at a time when the British discouraged social and political gatherings to control the population.

    In Tamil Nadu, the festival is also known as Pillayar Chaturthi. The Pillaiyar clay sculptures are usually made of clay or papier-mâché since plaster of Paris idols have been banned by the state government. Idols are also made using coconuts and other organic products.

    Artisans create a variety of clay models of Lord Ganesha for sale to fulfill the demands of people during Ganesh Chaturthi. They make idols that are ranging in a height of 1.9 cm for homes to over 21 m for public community celebrations.

  • Why Ganesha is most popular and worshipped God of Hindu religion

    Om Sri Ganeshay nanmah!

    Vakra- Tundda  Mha-kaya Surya- Kotti  Samaprabha II

    Nirvighnam  Kuru me  Deva Sarva- Karyeshu Sarvadaa II”

    The above lines are a ‘mahamantra’ chanted while worshiping the almighty Lord Ganesha. These lines mean “O my Lord Ganesha of curved trunk, large body and the brilliance of million suns you have,pleases  make my work free of all obstacles always.”

    lord ganesha idol for homeLord Ganesha is the god of knowledge and intellectand all attributes are extremely symbolic and direct life of all humans towards a sacred and right direction. Ganesha is a teacher who conveys everything needed for a life directed to truth and goodness.

     Ganesha is most loved and popular Hindu God and all followers of Hindu religion start their prayers with the name of Ganesha as “Sri Ganeshay namah”. This comes from a famous tale in Hindu mythology that once  lord Shiva and Parvati contested a race between  lord Ganesha and Karthikey ( two sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati) to circle the universe . As Lord Ganesha is an epitome of wisdom so he circled his parents as he believed that parents were world to him and hence he won the race and also got blessed by his father Lord Shiva to get worshipped before all gods and goddess’ during any Hindu prayer and rituals.

    Lord Ganesha is known to be a trouble shooter who is all capable to remove all sort obstacles from our lives and so he is worshipped first and most by devotees all over the world. He is called ‘Gajanan’ meaning elephant headed which symbolizes extreme power, intelligence and memorizing power and  devotees worship him as ultimate teacher  with uncountable intelligence and wisdom.

    Lord Ganesha exemplifies discipline and order through another interesting tale, according to which when rishi Ved Vyas called Ganesha to pen thewordsas Ved Vyas would recite to him. Ganesha agreed but with the condition that rishi Ved Vyas should narratecontinuouslyand shall not stop for thinking or resting. The rishi was pleased and understood that all he wanted to convey was the importance of discipline. Students believing in Hindu mythology and religion all over world worship and pray to him before all tasks.

     Large sized Ganesha is known to travel on a very small rat which symbolizes respect for even tiny beings and  alsothat you may possess extreme intelligence and treasure of knowledge be but at times you may be required to use your micro intelligence for trouble shooting.

    His big ears tells all humans to develop a strong hearing capacity and his love for food especially ‘Modak’ (sweet balls made with floor, milk and sugar) symbolizes that you must constantly enjoy life and whatever you get. It is not necessary that attainment of knowledge should be through a boring learning process but it can be relished as a sweet dish if both students and teachers follow the life of Lord Ganesha.

    The Devotees all over world and especially Maharashtra are eagerly waiting to welcome him in their homes on ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ a festival when God Ganesha idols are brought and special prayers are done to welcome him and after few days the statues are immersed in water to symbolizes his return. Thetradition is good but to save environment worshippers should bring his statues made with soil and organic material instead of POP and synthetic dyes. You can consider buying metal Idols that can be symbolically immersed in water and then establish them in home or offices permanently to get blessed by Lord Ganesha always all time.

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