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  • Huge Bronze statues on display exclusively at Poompuhar outlet

    Bronze statues are known for their strength and ductility (lack of brittleness). Made up of copper and tin they are used in making statues, reliefs and figurines. Bronze items are always appealing and captivating to the eyes of the beholder. Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation limited is displaying three huge new bronze statues welcoming guests and customers, at its Poompuhar outlet in Chennai. Speaking of the history and tradition of India, the exquisitely tall bronze statues from Poompuhar will make you ponder over the history of India and render you speechless. The tallest one representing Lord Ganesha, is from Swamimalai and measures seven feet in length and weigh more than a ton. The incredibly tall bronze statues are usually uncommon to be seen for sale in the city. The other two statues at the outlet represent Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswathi and are 5.5 feet tall. Earlier the statues never used to be so tall. This is the first time Poompuhar artisans have shown their exemplary sense of art and perseverance in constructing these new and magnificent bronze statues.

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    Swamimalai is a small town near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu and lies on the banks of river Cauvery approximately 250 km from Chennai. The region specializes in constructing bronze statues and idols of various Gods and Goddesses. Because of the extraordinary sense of artisanship and finesse not only in Indi a, bronze statues from here are in great demand overseas also.

    Our craftsmen at Poompuhar excel in manufacturing all types of bronze statues according to Shilpa Shastra for temples. The only aim of our artisan is to put the essence of Indian Art and culture in their handicrafts and bring them forward to the forefront of the world. In a zest to achieve the goal, they have worked hard for around 3 months to make these huge bronze statues today. Each of the statue cost around Rs 70 lakh.

    The exceptionally beautiful and tall bronze statues are usually available at Poompuhar outlet in Chennai and sometimes brought from Swamimalai to Chennai, as per the demand of customers. The main customers for these statues are from temple and corporate world. Apart from the huge bronze statues Poompuhar also takes pride in its elegant collection of a number of other bronze items online. If you are looking to gift something memorable to your loved one, pay a visit to our Poompuhar outlet or log on to the website for more beautiful and cost effective bronze products.

  • Celebrate Tamil New Year with five uniquely crafted products from Poompuhar

    Poompuhar brings out a festive range of handcrafted products that represent the fine craftsmanship of Tamil Nadu. Here are some distinctive products that will add a sparkle to the Tamil New Year.


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    When calendars across the world show 2016, we in Tamil Nadu are ahead of times by 31 years. To commemorate the birth anniversary of Thiruvalluvar, eminent Tamil poet and the author of the famed Thirukural, Tamil Nadu adopted the Thirvalluvar Aandu or calendar year. What better way to begin the Tamil New Year than bring home this papier mache depiction of the saint-poet, Thiruvalluvar! The hand-crafted representation of the author is bound to usher in wisdom and peace to your new year.

    Brass Uruli:

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    The New Year is marked with auspicious kolams or rice-flour designs on doorsteps. Get creative, and liven up your kolam with an uruli filled with flowers. This exquisite brass uruli with its polished sheen will attract the best that the New Year has to bring. At Poompuhar, the uruli is available in different sizes and weights to suit your needs!

    Brass Lamp:

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    Light up your home this Tamil New Year, with a bright new lamp from Poompuhar. The beautifully hand-crafted brass lamp has not one, but two layers each with provision for five wicks. The brighter the better! The graceful Annam, mythological bird that can make out the good from the bad, guards over your house and keeps away the dark, both literally and figuratively.

    Arathi holder:

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    A traditional puja is incomplete without an arathi, the holy fire with camphor. This unique arathi holder from Poompuhar has been designed just for the ritual puja. Capacious enough to hold the camphor at a safe distance, and stable enough to stand on its own, this brass arathi holder will be the star of the New Year puja.


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    Ring in the New Year with these elegantly crafted brass set of bells, with a Ganesha engraving on three layers. While the Ganesha ushers in the good beginnings, the vibrant peal of the bells brings in the good vibrations to your home. The clear timbre of these bells will be the perfect accompaniment to your New Year puja.

  • Brass Lotus Lamp

    Lighting of lamps is very auspicious and doing so every day helps to brighten up and prosper an individual’s life. There are various kinds of lamps made of wide range of metals, mud, clay, etc. Brass lamps are very popular all over the country. And what more with the festive season approaching brass  lotus lamps is the best to light up the house.

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    Brass is a good metal that can be made into beautiful louts lamps. It is a metal known to mankind thousands of years ago. This metal has high strength, corrosion resistance, and formability and can be designed and developed into various kinds of beautiful art-wares having aesthetic sense.

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    Poompuhar the handicraft shop is popular for its beautiful brass products. The Brass lotus lamps here will look very magnificent when lit during the festive seasons . The brass lotus double and Brass Lotus patti Stand can be used for pooja ceremony. These beautifully lotus designed lamps and patti stand are designed to add grace to your pooja articles. You can buy them online too.

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    From times immemorial man has used brass for making utensils and various other items out of it. Brass is a yellow metal made by mixing Copper and Zinc i.e. in the approximate ratio of 70% to 30%.Copper has been found to have anti microbial properties.

    In a scientific study, it was found that the dysentery causing bacteria survived only for 2 hours in brass utensils; while they survived for almost 22 hours on utensils of other materials. Brass, therefore, helps in preventing abdominal infections and ailments of the intestines. When water is stored in a brass utensil, the properties of copper and zinc get percolated in the water and it is called, ‘Tamra Jal’. Thus, water stored in a brass utensil is both pure and enriched with the qualities of these elements. Even the most stubborn bacteria like E. coli cannot survive for more than 2 and a half hours if it is present in the water stored in a brass vessel.

    Poompuhar is famous for its beautiful brass handicrafts made by skilled artisans from all over India. Along with the other items, such as decorative handicrafts, the artisans at Poompuhar also make utensils of brass. Some of them are: the tumbler - which is approximately 8 x 13 x 2 inches in dimension and is priced at a reasonable cost of Rs 400.

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    Another useful household item of brass is the plain chembu, which is approximately 10 x 10 x 3 inches in dimensions and costs just Rs. 410. It is mainly used for storing and drinking liquids such as milk, panagam and payasam.

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    The Ashta Lakshmi chembu is a yet another mesmerizing piece of art with beautiful designs engraved onto it. It is basically used during puja for storing liquids like milk, payasam and panagam. It has been priced at Rs 710.

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    Metals like copper and brass have proven to have medicinal properties. Though copper is required by the body in traces, it helps in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron in the body.It is here that brass utensils are beneficial formaintaining good health.It is very useful in maintaining good blood circulation, which is responsible for providing glow to the skin and nourishment to hair, thereby enhancing the beauty. Besides, it is useful for reducing heart problems, improves the eyesight and helps in the growth of the body. It also provides resistance to the body and protects against diseases like anemia, amoebiasis, cough, acidity etc.

    For maintaining good health, it is recommended that water be stored in the brass utensils overnight. The tumbler, the plain chembu or theAshtalakshmichembucan best serve the purpose. This waterwhich has been stored overnight should be consumed first thing in the morning for getting maximum health benefits.


    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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • A treat for the eye and soul

    The lives of Indians are a reflection of the teachings of gods, goddesses, legendary figures and gurus (teachers). We adopt their philosophies in some form or the other and at times anticipate their real presence, which is near impossible. In order to fill in this gap we make their presence felt by installing their figures in our homes, workplaces and also at many public places. This brings an element of physical and spiritual closeness.

    Many metals and their alloys have been said to possess healing properties, brass being one among them.  Other than durability, the reason why brass is popularly used to design idols, artefacts etc are the reason that is attracts health and wealth. It is also said to bring out the inner truth of a person and which supplements his/her good character.

    Sri Renganathar’s Abhaya Hastha is one such sculpture where he is seen resting on his seat. The resting place here is the serpent god. This intricately carved brass idol which is largely seen in temples and is a recreation of the chief deity at Srirangam’s Sri Renganatharswamy Temple.

    Sri Renganathar’s Abhaya Hastha

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    The bronze Karumariamman is also a beautifully made idol which never fails to impress the proud owner as well as the guests who visit their place. The head is crowned by the serpent god and the neck dexterously ornamented.


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    Installation of Srimath Ramanujar, the most popular Vaishnavism saint also embeds his philosophical thoughts and protective attitude in the surroundings.

    Srimath Ramanujar

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    The amalgamation of brass with these legendary figures is attractive to the eye and rejuvenating for the soul.

  • 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.

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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.


    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.

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

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

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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.

  • Hanging Lamps from Poompuhar

    Lamps are one of the most loved symbols of the Indian society. They come in various forms, makes and materials; each one different from the other and meant to cater different purposes. A Hindu assembly known as Puja can never initiate without a Deepam. The Indian festival of Deepawali is a time when almost the entire country is covered with Deepak or lamps. Lighting the Deepak Coils is considered similar to cutting the red ribbon. Every Indian function that connects itself to ‘Indian-ness’  starts with the lighting of a deepam by the esteemed chief guests.

    Deepaks add to the good fortune of one’s home. They banish out the bad omens with the light they scatter. They make the negative energy burn off as they replace it with positive energy and simultaneously add to the beauty of the place they are kept.

    Most of us have mostly seen deepaks resting on a table or a puja thali. But Have u ever seen or heard of ‘Hanging Deepaks’?To many of us it may sound new, but quite a few of us might have seen them. In fact we try to think harder, most of us shall realise seeing them ‘in-reality’ or ‘reelity’. Those of us who haven’t seen them in our day –to-day lives can easily remember them swaying to-and-fro in a movie sequence where the protagonist is asking for God’s mercy. When all the temple bells chant together as they oscillate under the influence of the harsh winds.

    Hanging Lamps come in various forms and sizes. They may resemble a standard lamp with a spout and an oval bowl to contain the lamp while they may also be of various shapes or may have many lamps stacking together in a row or column. They are generally made out of brass since brass imparts both beauty and strength. They are the handiwork of artisans that work day and night to give shape to these masterpieces.

    Panjatchara Lamp has 5 lamps arranges one under the other. Each of the lamps is attached to the other with a brass link. The entire setup is connected to a series of links that form a metallic chain. It is a traditional lamp that is worthy enough to find a place in every traditional gathering.

    Panjatchara Lamp

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    Thonda Annam Hanging Lamp contains a closed compartment to contain oil. Annam is a celebrated bird (swan) which is associated to Lord Brahma. This lamp is thus of the shape of the mythological Annam who stands high on a the pot bellied oil container. This lamp is chained from the above the bird to enable it to be hung to the ceiling,

    Thonda Annam Hanging Lamp

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    Sangchakra Hanging Lamp has 5 spouts that give the portion that holds the oil a star-like shape. A rod like structure comes out from the middle portion which has the Sangu (conch shell) and the Chakra (Ring) of Vishnu. The Sangu and Chakra are attached with a metallic chain that helps hang the lamp from the ceiling.

    Sangchakra Hanging Lamp

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    Annam Hanging Lamp has the mythological swan attached through a central rod to a 5 spout star-shaped oil holder which is quite similar to the Sangchakra Hanging Lamp. A brass chain enables the bird to be hung onto a ceiling.

    Annam Hanging Lamp

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    Parrot Hanging Lamp is a bit different from the other 4 examples of hanging lamps. It has a 5 spout oil holder with coils that hangs from the mouth of a parrot which is attached to a base that rests on the ground.

    Parrot hanging Lamp

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    All these lamps are a perfect and a completely inevitable part of any religious or cultural gathering. Decorate your homes, offices, temples, etc  with these hanging lamps and spread positivity in all directions.

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