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  • How Poompuhar is bringing life in traditional Indian Art?

    'Indian Art' is a term which encompasses various mediums and styles perfected over centuries by artisans and handicraft workers. Yet this ancient art form is somehow losing its prominence in society. Tamil Nadu Poompuhar aims to showcase those talents which have been unappreciated for long.

    The catrgories have been mapped out keeping in mind the varied artforms which have existed:

    What are our Metal offerings?

    Difficult to carve and yet a beauty to behold, the array of metal designs have been constructed and polished by superior craftsmen.

    The designs are available with antique polish and you can select from the collection like Reshabadevar Set, Boga Shakti, Arthanari, Shivalingam, Arthanarieshwar sets and much more.

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    Poompuhar offers Brass items as well, like Brass bowls, Brass Peacock Bead Stones, Brass Nataraj statues, Brass Uruli Weight, Brass Uruli Light Weight, Brass Coloured Weights and a lot more which you can browse through as well as choose from the official website.

    Wood: The most intricate style

    Wood carvings are richly detailed constructions and the products of Poompuhar are made with selected Rosewood, Sandalwood and more.

    They offer various wooden figures like that of the Buddha, Radha-Krishna, Ashoka Pillar and more. But apart from mythological and historical designs they also offer everyday handcrafted wooden products like clocks, pens etc.

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    What are our designs based on Stone?

    The most significant artwork of South India is undoubtedly that of the stone sculptures.  Thanks to the craftsmen of the Pallava Empire who had intricately crafted these stones to create some masterpieces which still enchant tourists from all over the world. The Indian culture and emotion is reflected in various Indian religious monuments dating back to time immemorial.

    To celebrate this achievement and promote its growth among the masses, they offer statues made out of granite, red stone, soap stone along with clay and much more. The life-size figurines and fountain sculptures speak a thousand words about the Indianness.

    Earthware -fragile and precious

    The most widely available type of crafts is the earthenware products like bowls, statues and more. The workers make various masterpieces out of clay and ceramic like that of Nataraj, Lakshmi, Parvati, Saraswati, Kalinga Krishna and more. These statues are available in oxidized variants as well.

    The designs available on Clothing and Leather

    Cloth and Leather Prints have been in use long and are still quite popular in traditional fashion. Keeping with the tradition Poompuhar offers handcrafted textiles like Kalamkari purse, lamp shades and lots more which can be browsed in our website.

    Paintings: What do we offer?

    Indian paintings speak of style and technique in a nuanced and yet simultaneously bold manner. The collection has paintings of the gods Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesh along with others like Perumal and Ramar as well.

    If budget is not an issue for you, then check out the Thanjavur Paintings which are one of their Big Ticket items.

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    Poomphar aims to reinstate traditional Indian art to the position of prestige it once enjoyed by showing its vitality to others. Appreciating and supporting these creations as well as their creators who are on the verge of losing their skills is the goal.

  • Explore The Best Of The Rest Products At Never Before Prices

    From the bronze figurines of the Chola dynasty to the rock carving sculptures of the Pallavas, the South Indian art and craft has its distinct aura since centuries. Indian lifestyle, religious outlook, emotions and cultural expression are vividly reflected through the paintings, statuettes, wall hangings and other home décor items available at Poompuhar. From stone to metal, clay to textile –all the products come at affordable cost and are rich in Indianness.

    Bronze Figurines

    With the sublime stillness, the Bronze figurines from Chola era are the epitome of the omnipotent energy. The miniature replicas of the sculptures from tenth to twelfth century bear no signature and come with three variants. There are both glossy polished statues as well as the antique polished ones which bear the vintage touch.

    Ganesha, Meenachi, Lakshmi and Buddha statues are avilabale in various sizes and postures along with the cow and horse figurines. The price starts from INR 2545 for a 3 x 2 inch size and the maximum size is ten feet.

    Oxidized Natraja

    From ages, Indian dance forms have taken inspiration from the cosmic dance of Shiva, also called Natraja. Indian art has a distinct place for lord Shiva and in order to invoke that reverence, Poompuhar has brought the colossal black colored Natraja in two size variants -8 x 10 x 3 inch and 5 x 4 x 3 inch. The price starts from an affordable cost of INR 840.

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    Stone Carving

    From the supple and sensuous female figurine to the vigorous and virility of the male figures, the magnificent rock-cut sculptures were the cultural identity of the Pallava era. These sculptures depict every human emotion, be it joy, coyness, aggression, tenderness and even authority. You will find the virtuous Perumal sculpture carved from granite, the Soapstoneand Redstone Ganesha, the meditating Buddha and so on. The sizes vary from fifteen feet to three inch and various others in between. Prices start from INR 120 for 3 x 2 x 2 inch lingam made of soft stone.

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    Brass Lamps

    As an indispensable part of daily worship ritual, the Brass Lamps are the most popular items created by the private craftsmen. From Agal to Villaku, deepam to hanging lamps –there are various sizes available. The price starts from INR 200 for the Agal.

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    Woodworks

    From flower vase to tray, lamps to wooden hangings, bowls to wooden dolls and of course the sandal wood carving, the intricacy is reflected from every item. Buddha, Krishna, Lakshmi, Balaji, Ganesha and various other decorative are hand-cut and carved. The price for a small sandalwood keychain is INR 250 while a 48 x 15 inch Gopuram cost INR 7425.

    Paintings and Textiles

    The ornate gold work of the Thanjavur paintings to the rich patterned glass painting and Batik, the vegetable painted Kondapalli toys to stunning Meenakari stools, Poompuhar has something for everyone. The miniature oil paintings, handcrafted textile bags, purses and wall hangings are also notable for their traditional essence.

    Deriving its name from the historic coastal hamlet of Puhar, Poompuhar’s vast range of products is manufactured in its 6 production units and bear the traditional aestheticism of Indian culture. Get your choice of products at an affordable cost and give your home a new look.

  • Buddha – The enlightened one

    Once upon a time there was a small prince calledSiddharthawho was troubled by the same questions that children of today are. Why did my aunt die? Why do new births occur? Why my wishes are not coming true? They wonder about nature, happiness and the very existence of living beings.And so on….

    The prince was born around 566 BC, in a small kingdom called Kapilavastuto King Suddhodana and Queen Maya.Soon after he was born, the wise men predicted that the young prince would become a 'renouncer,' someone who transcends the earthly life. When the king heard this, he was deeply disturbed, for like any other father he wanted his son to become a mighty ruler of his kingdom. Hence, he told Queen Maya, "I will make life in the palace so pleasant that our son would never want to leave."

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    At the age of sixteen, Prince Siddhartha married a beautiful princess, Yasodhara and soon had a son. The king built them three palaces, one for each season, and lavished them with luxuries and all amenities. The Prince passed his days in enjoyment and never thought about life outside the palace.

    Even though prospered with all available luxuries and amenities, the prince became disheartened with the palace life and always wanted to see the outside world.He made four trips outside the palace and saw four things that changed his life. On the first three trips, he saw sickness, old age worries, and death. He saw people in poverty, bound by sufferings. Soon he realized that the outside world was totally different from what he had been experiencing in his palace within the walls. He asked himself, "How can I enjoy a life of pleasure when there is so much suffering in the world?” On his fourth trip, he saw a monk who had given up all his worldly pleasures to seek an end to his sufferings. "I shall be like him" thought prince Siddhartha.

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    Many questions like “Why people undergo suffering?”“Why they weren’talways happy?”“Why do birth and death occur?”“What causes our happiness and sadness?”kept bothering him. The prince became eager to find answers for all these questions as they troubled him every day hence forth.Siddhartha became conscious then that his very purpose of existence was to seek relief for these sufferings.

    The calling to find the answer to the suffering in the world was so strong that he left his wife, son, wealth and kingdom behind and moved on to follow this calling.

    Siddhartha became a traveling monk. He visited many places. He even cut off his hair and wore ragged robesto show that he had renounced the worldly lifestyle. He called himself Gautama andwandered from place to place. In his search for truth, he studied with the wisest teachers of his day. None of them knew how to end suffering, so he continued the search on his own.

    Forthe next six years he practiced severe self-discipline thinking this would lead him to enlightenment. He sat in meditation and ate only roots, leaves, and fruit. He avoided any kind of luxuries and, pleasures offered to him. He worked hard for his food. At times he ate nothing. He could endure more hardships than anyone else, but this did not take him anywhere.He thought, "Neither my life of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the way to freedom. Overdoing things can not lead to happiness. He began to eat nourishing food again and regained his strength.

    One summer, on a full-moon day, he sat under the Bodhi tree in deep meditation and said. "I will not leave this spot until I find an end to suffering." During the night, he was visited by Mara, the demon, who tried to divert him from his virtuous pursuit of finding the truth. First he sent his beautiful daughters to trap Gautama into pleasure. Next he sent bolts of lightning, wind, and heavy rain. Lastly he sent his evil armies with weapons and flaming rocks. One by one, Gautama met the armies and defeated them all with his virtue.

    As the struggle ended, he realized the origin of suffering and how to eliminate it. He had gained the most extreme wisdom and understood the things as they truly were. At the age of 35, he became “the Buddha”. The word Buddha is a loose translation of the Sanskrit word for “Enlightenment”.  Gautama became 'The Awakened One'. From then on, he was called as Shakyamuni Buddha.

    For the next forty-five years after the enlightenment Buddha and his disciples were travelledall over the Indiaand spread the good deeds and his teachings.His teachings spread to places and reached more people. Their kindness knew no bounds; they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings, and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.

    Wherever the Buddha went, he won the hearts of the people because he dealt with their true feelings. He advised them not to accept his words on blind faith, but to decide for themselves whether his teachings are right or wrong, then follow them. He encouraged everyone to have compassion for each other and develop their own virtue, "You should do your own work, for I can teach only the way."

    He never became angry or impatient or spoke harshly to anyone, not even to those who opposed him. He always taught in such a way that everyone could easily understand. Each person thought the Buddha was speaking especially for him. The Buddha told people to help each other on the way.

    Once, the Buddha met a monk who was suffering from aninfectious disease. The poor man lay in a mess with no one looking after him. The Buddha himself washed the sick monk and placed him on a new bed. Afterwards, he admonished the other monks. "Monks, you have neither mother nor father to look after you. If you do not look after each other, who will look after you? Whoever serves the sick and suffering, serves me."

    Buddha departed this world at the age of eighty, however his compassion and love remains. From then Buddhism isone of the major religions in the world.

    The teachingsof Buddha goround the world like a wheel that never stops, leading to the central point of the wheel, the only point which is fixed Nirvana. The eight rods on the wheel signify the eight parts of the Noble Eightfold Path.

    1. Right Viewwith wisdom and compassion.
    2. Right Thought as clear and kind thoughts builds good and strong personality.
    3. Right Speech. By kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted by everyone.
    4. Right Conduct. Others know us from the way we behave. Before we criticize others, we should first analyze ourselves.
    5. Right Livelihood. The Buddha said, "Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy."
    6. Right Effort. Doing our best at all times and having good will toward others without harming ourselves and others.
    7. Right Mindfulness. Being aware of what we think, speak, and do.
    8. Right Concentration. Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.

    Buddha said “The mind is the ground and thoughts are seeds”. Actions are ways in which one cares for the garden. Our faults are weeds. Pulling them out is like weeding a garden. The harvest is real and lasting happiness.

    Buddha's Four Noble Truths of life are:

    1. Life is suffering
    2. Suffering is caused by craving
    3. Suffering has an end
    4. There is a path to awakening

    Buddhism is much more than just a religion. It is a way of life, which everyone on earth should be aware of. And the teachings of Buddha are common and relevant to all human beings irrespective of their belief and religion.

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