It is that time of the year once again when we celebrate the pantheon of Indian Goddesses. The puja pandals dedicated to the Goddess Kali are resplendent, the devotion expressed in terms of creativity and grandeur. Here we take you through a few forms of the Devi that have invaded our homes in the form of embellishments to the décor.
As it is the season of Navarathri and Diwali we start with this awe inspiring goddess. This Devi is a very different from the usual representation seen in Puja Pandals. This Kali is truly eye catching and the metallic electric colours fascinate. It has been designed and created by Sanatan Dinda, an Indian visual artist from Kolkata, and is at present on display in one of the most famed pandals of Kolkota. The eye for detail is astounding and his devotion is obvious.
As mentioned earlier, this is all about how the goddess has become a part of our home décor. Here is an example of the extreme workmanship in a soft green soapstone. This 10 inch depiction of the goddess Saraswati is intricate with great care given to each and every petal be it in her garland or the lotus she is seated on. The jewellery and the attention to anatomical perfection justify the love and talent that has gone into this creation. This is an art form that is extensively practiced in Orissa.
What we have here is the true image of the goddess Kali in all her splendor – her power and her prowess as defender of all under her protection and a benevolent mother. This panchaloha statue depicts her with ten arms holding sword, conch, discus, rosary, bell, cup, shield, bow, arrow, and spear. Panchloha is considered a sacred alloy of gold, silver, lead, copper and iron that can be cast to create statues with great detail due to its properties of malleability with increased tensile strength.
This 8 inch terracotta goddess has all the embellishments expected on a goddess. Terracotta is considerably cheap material and is not haute couture. But with changing times and new techniques of firing, clay has evolved into a very viable and beautiful option for home décor. It is no longer relegated to the garden pots and outdoors.
This foot high painted wooden Devi Parvathi depicts peace and contentment. It perfectly complements the frangipani flowers and the sandstone depiction of the flower to create a perfect composition. This statue is very reminiscent of the Nepali style of carving. The green and shades of red used are considered sacred. Great attention has been given to detail which when displayed in your home will add to the visual drama.
These beautiful Devis are the most innovative and spectacular of all. They are eco friendly in the fact that they are created using scrap metal. Close inspection will reveal the innovative use of junk automobile parts, nuts and bolts, kerosene stoves parts and normal day to day metal waste. This truly in all aspects of the word portray the underlying cause of her existence…protection and creation of beauty. The truly inspired artist is the young Narayan Sinha who now is collaborating with designers to create eye catching interiors.