"Durga (Devi) is synonymous with Shakti or the Divine Power that manifests, sustains and transforms the universe as the one unifying Force of Existence. …Shakti is the very possibility of the Absolute’s appearing as many, of God’s causing this universe. God creates this world through Srishti-Shakti (creative power), preserves through Sthiti-Shakti (preservative power), and destroys through Samhara-Shakti (destructive power). Shakti and Shakta are one; the power and the one who possesses the power cannot be separated; God and Shakti are like fire and the heat of fire." - Swami Sivananda.
Bring home the effulgence of the divine one by instituting him at your home in this traditional receptacle of wooded grace. Crafted in rosewood and sporting a rich cultural appeal, this simple customary mandir can add the missing element i.e. god’s presence within our living spaces. The square structure of this mandir is footed on four legs, the front of which are sculpted in the form of divine feet. Between the frontal feet of the structure hangs an intricately carved design from underneath the base giving this beautiful mandir and added element of artistry. The edges of this base are bordered with a regular moulding above which the base contains a circumambulating design. The pedestal of the mandir contains a pair of puja draws underneath, the faces being well engraved on each. These draws can hold puja objects such as incense sticks, camphor, lamp oil, wicks, prayer books and miniature robes for the deity.
From either side of the front corners on this pedestal rise two short gate posts with a rounded top each. From behind these posts a well engraved parapet goes to touch the base of the pillar pair which supports the roof. A second pair of pillars abutting the backdrop also rises to hold up the dome of the structure which hovers gently over the mandap in loving protection of the deities. Images of Lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi are inlaid into the backdrop side by side as the presiding deities. By choice other images can be sought in their place too.
The roof is modeled on a level above the mandapa from where three vimanas rise into the air, each topped with a ball finial or sikhara. The edge of the roof that slopes down from the parapet is given a rounded moulding all around and from the lover edge of the moulding are delicately carved eaves hanging below. The eaves consist of a semi circular hanging design continuing along the visible structure of the cabinet, and each sporting a dangling bell all around. This gives a pleasing appeal to the structure. The parapet contains abutting posts around the corners and in the centre. Between the front urushringas contain three arches in which deities, Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Ganesha are seated.
On the whole this lovely puja mandir is an expression of deep Hindu faith and goes a long way in affirming the blessings of the twin deities, Ganesha the protector and Lakshmi the goddess of wealth.Top