SculpturesWoodAn Auspi...

An Auspicious Welcome

An Auspicious Welcome
Availability: Can be backordered
Specifications:
South Indian Temple Wood Carving
Artist: R. Chellappan
1.2 ft X 1.3 ft X 0.6 ft
11 Kg
Item Code: ZU54
Price: $990.00
Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 20 to 24 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $198.00
Viewed 4900 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
The elephant is India's legend. It is a myth and as much a reality. It is simply difficult to think of India without recalling the elephant. Ancient scriptures do not portray the elephant as an independent theme, but her entire past and the body of her entire literature, the sectarian as well as secular, right since the Epic days, echo with a number of elephant legends in one form or the other. The Indus people, as well as the Vedic sages, it seems, did not have a preference for elephant. Excavations at the Indus sites revealed nothing that depicted elephant's link with the Indus man. There obviously could not be a place for an elephant like animal in the type of city life that defined the Indus culture. In the dairy dominated culture of the Vedic days, too, elephant could hardly have a role. The Vedas have mentions of elephant but only as a moody unfriendly animal that unprovoked destroyed ashramas of rishis. The Vedic rishis had cow, horse or even serpent related rituals but they by and large evaded elephant taming or befriending.

By the time of the Puranas, the elephant acquired the status of the highest auspicious beings and in the matter of auspices even excelled the cow, which enjoyed the status of the most sacred of all animals and was worshipped as a deity. The cow was yet the most sacred of all animals but not as auspicious as the elephant. Whatever the related legends, it was largely in consideration of elephant's auspicious bearing that when looking for a head to graft on the torso of Ganesh, the god of auspices, the divinities chose an elephant head. And, after Lord Ganesh, the son of Parvati and Shiva, had his torso transplanted with such head, people began worshipping not only Gajanana, the elephant headed Ganesh, but also the elephant as an animal. It was with the Ganesh legend that the elephant was deified.

Elephant related legends are innumerable. Airavata, the milk white elephant, was one of the fourteen jewels obtained by churning ocean. It was acquired by Indra, the king of gods and ever since has been an inseparable part of his identity and iconography, and what of minor gods, even Lord Vishnu was one of them who envied Indra for his elephant. Airavata was not only his vehicle but also an invaluable asset. Indra realised his folly and also that Krishna was no one else but Vishnu, after he had lifted the mount Govardhana and held it for seven days on his little finger to protect peoples and cows of Vraja from Indra's wrath. The subdued Indra, leaving Airavata at Vrandavana's outskirts, rushed to Krishna to propitiate him, but did not succeed in his efforts. Finally, Airavata came to the rescue of his master. It reached Lord Krishna but before making a prayer bathed the lord of cows by sprinkling on him fresh milk from within it. This so much pleased him that he pardoned Indra for his impertinence.

The mythology of Lakshmi and Vishnu too is not bereft of the legendary elephant. In mythical tradition, Lakshmi even developed an elephant related form known as Gajalakshmi, an epithet she acquired as it were only the elephants that always bathed her by sprinkling water on her. One of the feats, for which Lord Vishnu is best known, relates to rescuing an elephant from a crocodile. The episode, widely known in Indian mythology as Gajendra-moksha, depicts how, when called for help, the benevolent Vishnu rushed and rescued the innocent animal. A zoological miracle, the massive sized animal elephant lives on pure vegetable diet and it is perhaps for such reasons that it has greatly suited the Jain and Buddhist cults. Exactly before Jain Tirthankara Mahavira was born, his mother Trisala perceived in her dream a chain of Airavata type white elephants. The auspicious dream was a precursor of a great divine birth. As the Jain tradition has it, after his Enlightenment, Lord Mahavira, before he entered the Samavasarana, was bathed by elephants. It is almost the same in Buddhist cult. When Mayadevi, the wife of king Suddhodana, the Sakya king of Kapilavastu, conceived Buddha, she dreamt that a baby elephant descended from the sky and, after circumambulating her three times, entered her womb.

Here, these two carved elephants stand with their trunks upraised in a gesture of triumph. These images are believed to be extremely auspicious and often entrances are adorned with such icons. The animals splendidly caparisoned in richly embroidered cloth are decked with jewels including a necklace with hanging bells adorning their necks, and an anklet in each foot. A two-crested crown adorns their heads. A chain-like ornament extends from the caparison and goes the whole way round each posterior, acting as a decorative adornment. The upraised trunks touch the center of their foreheads, as if welcoming the guest with a salute.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.


Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Read more...
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to An Auspicious Welcome (Wood | Sculptures)

A Pair of Naga-Kanya Door Handles - An Auspicious and Protective Welcome
Nagakanya Door Knob - An Auspicious and Protective Welcome
Mangal Deep (Special Bhajans for an Auspicious Diwali) (Audio CD)
Prayers for Diwali: Morning and Evening (Audio CD)
Ganga A Celestial Journey from Mukhba to Gangotri (DVD)
Ustad Bismillah Khan: Legends Forever (The Finest in Indian Classical Music) (Audio CD)
A Pair of Naga-Kanya Door Handles - An Auspicious and Protective Welcome
A Pair of Naga-Kanya Door Handles - An Auspicious and Protective Welcome
Advance Study of Vimshottari Dasha
Spices are Sweet
The Torana in Indian and Southeast Asian Architecture
Muhurta: Traditional and Modern
Paramesvaragamah
How to Manifest Bliss (Sanskirt Text with Transliteration and English Translation)
The Legacy of Caraka, Susruta, and Vagbhata - The Three Masters of Ayurveda (Set of 3 Volumes)
Mahanarayana Upanisad
Testimonials
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA