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Marble Shiva Battling the Elephant 35"
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    Marble Shiva Battling the Elephant 35" Item # 17bm11

    Price: $4250

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    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
    Awesome experience - 1.25.2015

    Very fast shipping, no damages. I love the sculpture, most beautiful Ganesha I have ever seen:) So perfectly sculpted, We are very happy with the statue and will order again from lotus sculpture.

    Reviewer:RK (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US)

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    museum piece - 1.24.2015

    kyle, I have been looking at nataraja for a long time and then I found lotus sculpture. you always had the best pieces available but I am very picky. you are the best to work with and the statue arrived very quickly. it is beautiful and I can't stop looking at it. I feel like this is a true museum piece. thank you and I hope to order again soon! bill

    Reviewer:william kreilick (lambertville, new jersey, US)

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    Lotus Sculpture adds to the beauty of life! - 1.22.2015

    Lotus Sculpture has the most beautiful statues in the world. There is definitely a chemistry between the statues, the team at Lotus Sculpture and the purchaser. Receiving our Umbrella Ganesh was memorable. Our dream of having this statue was fulfilled. Kyle offered such a great price for it. A truly beautiful piece by the amazingly talented artists of India, who sculpted him. It's a labor of love. I am convinced that Kyle Tortora was divinely chosen to spread the love that each statue brings to its owners. We named Umbrella Ganesh Mr. G. after our station weatherman. Lord Ganesh will keep an eye on the weather for all of us! Thanks Lotus Sculpture! You add to the beauty of life! Steven Olsen and Jenny Wolkowicki New Jersey

    Reviewer:Jenny Wolkowicki (Roselle Park , NJ, US)

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    The rating scale should go to 11...! - 1.20.2015

    I cant rave enough about the customer service and stunning quality of the artwork. Kyle packed up my statue with the utmost of care and it arrived promptly and in perfect condition. My home feels complete with Buddha in my living room and has created the ultimate space for meditating. Thanks so much for providing this inspiring art !

    Reviewer:Matt Gorham (Gilbert, AZ, US)

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    Alms Buddha (Indonesian Lava Stone, Hand Carved in Bali, 42") - 12.31.2014

    It just arrived this afternoon on New Year's Eve to our home in Louisiana and mere words cannot say how happy and thrilled we are! The statue shows true artistry and will be perfect in the Meditation Garden we plan to put in our backyard in 2015. It was very well packed and crated and looks beautiful! Thank you so very much for your time and consideration! Kimberly and I wish you and yours all the best in 2015! Sincerely, John John Warrington

    Reviewer:John Warrington (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US)

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    My daughter loved her Buddha, best Christmas gift! - 12.26.2014

    I bought the garden Buddha for my daughter for Christmas. It is a beautiful sculpture. The entire process of ordering from the web site, which was a great web site, and receiving the sculptures in plenty of time for Christmas morning was perfect. It was truly a great gift to give her and she absolutely loved it. Forget the newest technology, a serene and beautiful sculpture is a wonderful way to gift someone you love.

    Reviewer:Mary Beth Seely (Parkton, Maryland, US)

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    GANESHA ARRIVED SAFELY! - 12.22.2014

    Wonderful transaction! The statue is better than the photo suggested. I am also looking for a 13-15 inch Dancing Shiva, but have had no such luck. Help me?

    Reviewer:RICARDO SALINAS (PETALUMA, CA, US)

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    Happy Buddha Very Happy Wife - 12.21.2014

    Kyle, Thanks so much for your great website and providing such wonderful statues. The Happy Buddha I ordered exceeded expectations in all ways--exceptional quality and craftsmanship. And best of all my wife loves it! Cheers! Jim

    Reviewer:Jim Anderson (Glendale, ca, US)

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    Tmeless sculptures - 12.4.2014

    I had ordered the andal and I was worried how the details would be as to the features. I absolutely loved it and it has the ancient looks of Indian sculptures and the features were sharp. The item arrived in couple of days and I was thrilled. I collect antiques and Indian artifacts and I am sure I will be a frequent customer at your store. I think I have found my "go to " shop for Indian relics. Thank you so much Savitha

    Reviewer:Savitha (Saratoga, California, US)
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    • Materials: Black Marble from Bihar, India
    • Total Height Including Base: 35 inches
    • Widest Point: 19 inches
    • Base Width & Depth: 12 x 10 inches
    • Weight: 69 pounds
    • An awesome sculpture of Shiva battling the elephant in the Gajasamharam pose
    • The marble has its own energy that adds to the Shiva carving
    • The base has two yalis carved into it
    • One of kind! Nothing like this will be carved again!

    Description

    This sculpture is called Gajasamharam - "Shiva Battling the elephant.  This pose has all the grace of a Nataraja sculpture.  Shiva seems to balance on the head of the elephant with his one leg as the other is lifted up as though he were skipping.  His body is thrown back in ecstasy with his arms spread out in a fan of seeming joy.  His fangs are exposed showing him to be terrifying.  Shiva again displays his dualistic nature by being both joyous and terrifying at the same time.

    The surrounding ring around Shiva is the carcass of the dead elephant.  The four feet of the elephant dispersed around the skin of the dead elephant.  The dead skin of the elephant is a marked contrast from the Nataraja sculpture's cosmic arch.  There is a small "O" that is formed by the elephants tail on top of the sculpture.  In his left hand he holds a cobra, and a scalp.

    The base with all its detailed work is a 360 degree pleasure!  The base is carved hallow.  In the front of the sculpture there are two narsis, A narsi is a mythical lion like beast used in south Indian sculpture.  Carved into the the foundation of the sculpture in bas-relief between the two narsi are two yali.  A yali is a mythical animal with body of a lion, tail of a peacock and the trunk of an elephant.  On either side of the base are two carvings of Shiva's bull, Nandi.  On the back of the base is one large face of a narsi.  All the fine detail work fully covers the base from every angle.

    The Stories Behind the Sculpture: In Varanasi, India there was a demon in the form of an elephant who was harassing the saints and devotees of Shiva during their prayer.  Shiva then destroyed the elephant-demon for the lack of respect.  Thus the name, Gajasamharam, Sanskrit for "Killing the Elephant."
    Another story with Shiva battling an elephant is part of the story of the Nataraja.  There were rishis and priests living in the forest known as 'Tharukavanam', they became very arrogant as they had mastered all the 'Vedas', 'Agamas' and 'Shastras' and could raise powerful creatures from the sacrificial fires to do their bidding. Lord Shiva wished to show these rishis their limitations and appeared as a handsome mendicant with Vishnu as his wife 'Mohini'. This created chaos in 'Tharukavanam' as the wives of the rishis fell under the spell of this charming, handsome mendicant while the youthful rishis fell for the allure of Mohini. The older rishis became very angry and wanted to destroy the pair. They raised a sacrificial fire, 'Homam', from which appeared a tiger which was directed at the pair. Lord Shiva killed the tiger, peeled off its skin and tied it around his waist. They raised an elephant which they sent against Lord Shiva, which Shiva destroyed.  Then the rishis produced a poisonous serpent, which Lord Shiva caught and wore around his neck. The rishis also sent a demon, 'Muyalakan', against Lord Shiva whom he crushed under his feet. Then the rishis sent the sacrificial fire against him which he put on his left hand. The rishis having lost the fire sent the Vedic 'mantras' which the Lord wore around his ankles. At this the rishis conceded defeat and the Lord revealed himself by dancing the 'Oorthava thandavam' with his matted hair unfurling in all eight directions and the world reverberating to his steps.

    About the Black Marble:  The black marble, called sange-rathek, is found in Jhansi, in the state of Bihar, India.  The stone is known for its wonderful deep black/blue color and the colored purple and yellow veins that flow through the stone.  Looking into a piece of sange-rathek is like staring into deep space and seeing distant galaxies.  It is a very unique and wonderful stone.  Sculpture is very rare to find in this stone because there are seldom pieces of raw stone large enough to accommodate a full-sized sculpture.

    About Shiva

    Shiva the Destroyer (Sanskrit: Auspicious One), or Siva, is one of the main Deities of Hinduism, worshipped as the paramount lord by the Saivite sects of India. Shiva is one of the most complex gods of India, embodying seemingly contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger.
    Shiva was originally known as Rudra, a minor deity addressed only three times in the Rig Veda.  He gained importance after absorbing some of the characteristics of an earlier fertility god and became Shiva, part of the trinity, or trimurti, with Vishnu and Brahma.
    Shiva wears a snake coiled around his upper arms and neck symbolizing the power he has over the most deadly of creatures. Snakes are also used to symbolize the Hindu dogma of reincarnation. Their natural process of molting or shedding their skin is symbolic of the human soul's transmigration of bodies from one life to another.
    Shiva's female consort and wife is Parvati; because of his generosity and reverence towards Parvati, Shiva is considered an ideal role model for a husband. The divine couple together with their sons - the six-headed Skanda and the elephant headed Ganesh - reside on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas. 
    His guardian is Nandi (the white bull), whose statue can often be seen watching over the main shrine.  The bull is said to embody sexual energy, fertility.  Riding on its back, Shiva is in control of these impulses.
    He often holds a trident, which represents the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.  It is also said to represent the threefold qualities of nature: creation, preservation and destruction, although preservation is usually attributed to Vishnu.
    As the destroyer, Shiva is dark and terrible, encircled with serpents and a crown of skulls.
    Shiva often wears sacred Rudaksha beads, perhaps a reference to his earlier name Rudra.
    The crescent moon Shiva wears on his crown, besides being a symbol of Kama the goddess of nightly love, also represents the bull, Nandi, a fertility symbol.
    Shiva holds a skull that represents samsara, the cycle of life, death and rebirth.  Samsara is a central belief in Hinduism.  Shiva himself also represents this complete cycle because he is Mahakala, the Lord of Time, destroying and creating all things.
    Shiva is represented in a variety of forms.  One such form is as a lingam.  The ovoid shape is a representation of the absolute perfection of Lord Shiva - if that which is beyond form had to be given form, the lingam would be the closest form to the mystical experience of the absolute perfection of Shiva.   Shiva is often pictured in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi, and as the androgynous union of Shiva and Parvati in one body (Ardhanarisvara).
    Another example of Shiva's apparent synthesis of male and female attributes is seen in his earrings.  He wears one earring in the style of a man and the other as a female.
    Shiva's third eye is a symbol of higher consciousness.  It is also a weapon he uses to destroy his enemies by emitting a fire missile which has the power to incinerate the three worlds.  He can also kill all the gods and other creatures during the periodic destruction of the universe.  Shiva's third eye first appeared when Parvati, his wife, playfully covered his other two eyes, so Shiva opened his third eye emitting his destructive missile endangering the three worlds.

    About the Artist

    Care

    "Use a cotton cloth and gently buff the surface of the statue to bring out the natural polish of the stone."

    White, red and black marble statues are easy to take care of as they just need some annual upkeep to keep them looking as they did when they were first carved.  Here are some easy tips to keep your White, red and black marble statues from Lotus Sculpture looking like the gods they are:
    • Dust the statue as needed to prevent dirt build up
    • To make the statue shine use a cotton cloth to buff the sculpture
    • You can use a small amount of natural oil such as coconut oil or olive oil to further polish the sculpture
    • Use a tooth brush to get into the hard to reach spaces of the sculpture
    • DO NOT TOUCH the painted surfaces of any of the white marble statues.  This will damage the painting if done often
    We recommend keeping our marble statues in an indoor environment.  The statues are durable however not durable enough to brave the natural outdoors.  Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions regarding your wooden statue from Lotus Sculpture, (760) 994-4455 or [email protected]

    Shipping

    USA Shipping

    This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using R&L Freight Carriers. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us [email protected] for a shipping quote.

    International Shipping

    This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using an international freight service. Typically we use TNT Special Services as they give the most competitive rates. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. The shipping quote will be emailed to you and no charge will be made without your approval. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us [email protected] for a shipping quote.