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Green Granite Ardhanari Statue 26"
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    Green Granite Ardhanari Statue 26" Item # gg-ardhanari

    Price: $1250

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    An artful business - 11.13.2014

    Lotus Sculpture is obviously run by a person with a great eye for sculpture and a passion for what he does. Kyle is a pleasure to do business with. He is very professional, responsive and extends consideration to his buyers. Thank You!

    Reviewer:Joseph Losavio (Sandyston , NJ, US)

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    Wonderful Experience - 11.7.2014

    I was looking for religious statues for my home for quite a while. Every website I looked at was either too expensive or too confusing to navigate. Then I happened upon Lotus Sculpture. Not only was it the most user-friendly site I've ever seen, it also had the most reasonable prices. For the size and detailed carving of the statue you will not find a better price, unless you grab a block of wood and carve it yourself. The site allows you to first pick which religious statue you want then you can pick which size and then which material.....Brilliant!!!.. I had chosen my statues within minutes. Everything arrived professionally packed in 5 days all the way up to Canada. I even decided to call the number on the website to ask the owner Kyle a few questions and he literally answered on the first ring. He was very accommodating and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this store. My statues are getting rave reviews with my friends. Thanks again Kyle. Keep up the good work.

    Reviewer:Shaun Rangnekar (Brampton , Ontario , CA)

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    Beautiful, so full of energy - 11.6.2014

    I love my Ganesha! The statue is beautifully and painstakingly carved with a great attention to detail. I will be using the statue also for spiritual practice and this Ganesha is perfect in that all the symbolic details are accurate, and there is a feeling that the energy of the deity is already in him and one can have an intimate contact with Ganesha. Also many thanks to Lotus Sculpture for the efficient and friendly service, and for getting him to me so fast! I will be shopping again with you!

    Reviewer:Sandra Cameron (Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB)

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    Lord Ganesha - 11.4.2014

    I ordered this sculpture as a gift to myself for the holidays. I have always had a statue of Lord Ganesha in my home - this one is wonderful! All that he represents and inspires in us I truly believe happens when we pay homage to him. He will be a treasured addition to my home.

    Reviewer:Lisa (Monroe, NY, US)

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    Stone Buddah - 10.30.2014

    The Buddah received was exactly as described, packing and service is first class and overall am delighted with my purchase - only wish you had a sales depot in UK

    Reviewer:Ted Avington (Formby.Liverppool, Merseyside, GB)

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    Ganesh Brass Sculptures - 10.16.2014

    Excellent Customer Service and turn around time with order fulfillment! Well done.

    Reviewer:Val Hessler (Spring Grove, IL, US)

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    Outstanding quality - 10.7.2014

    I have made significant purchases from Lotus Sculpture over the past seven years. What I like the most is the outstanding quality of products and service. I have experienced over this periodof time that all of the vigrahams I received from you have been done with much devotion and they have life embedded within them. Thank you!

    Reviewer:Kumar Ramachandran (Tulsa, Oklahoma, US)

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    Great Experience - 10.5.2014

    This was a wonderful experience overall. Kyle's personal emails kept me up to date on everything that was happening with the sculpture. He worked to find the cheapest shipping option possible (since the statue weighed over 100 pounds and I live on the other side of the country) and it still arrived within a few days. As for the statue, it's absolutely beautiful. You can tell it's of a very high quality and will last a long, long time. I gave it to someone as a special gift and she loves it. I highly recommend Lotus Sculpture to anybody looking for quality Buddhist and Hindu statues. I hope to return in the future!

    Reviewer:David Schmid (Jericho, NY, US)

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    Very Satisfied - 9.28.2014

    the ordering was easy, the shipment was on time and very well packaged. the statue was just what I thought it would look like very satisfied. Thank you very much Lotus

    Reviewer:Rob Hebert (Covington, Louisiana, US)
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    • Materials: Indian Green Granite Hand Carved in Tamil Nadu, India
    • Total Height Including Base: 19 inches
    • Base Width & Depth: 26 x 7 inches
    • Weight: 88 pounds
    • Rare Indian green granite
    • Turns a brillant green when wet!
    • The synthesis of Shiva & Parvati in one form
    • Perfect indoors or outside in any weather!

    Description

    This beautiful sculpture depicts lord Shiva in the form of Ardhanari.  Ardhanari is the synthesis of Shiva and his wife Parvati into one body.  Shiva is on the right half with Parvati on the left.  The right side of Shiva has a cobra with his right hand raised int eh abhaya mudra.  The halo behind his head has a spout of water from the Hindu goddess Ganga who resides in Shiva's hair.  Parvati's side has a crescent moon in the halo.  She holds a lotus flower in her hand.  The face of Ardhanari has very typical south Indian sculptural features with large almond shaped eyes.  The forehead shares both forehead markings or tilakas of both Shiva and Parvati.  On the left of the forehead is Shiva's tilaka known as a Tripundra consisting of three horizontal ash lines.  On the right is the one vertical, tear shaped marking of Devi.  The figure has very womanly hips. 

    About Green Granite:  Green granite is an beautiful as well as dense stone that has some special features.  When the piece is wet the stone comes alive with a vibrant, rich green which almost makes you pray for rain!   Green granite is even denser/harder than black granite making it extremely difficult and time consuming to carve.  The density of granite makes green granite sculpture perfect for any garden because it can be left outside in extreme heat and extreme cold for years without care.  While visiting temples in south India made of stone it is easy to see the parts of the temple made from green granite because it looks like it was carved yesterday rather than 800 years ago!

    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.

    Care

    Granite statues from India do not need much maintenance.  The best way to maintain the statue is to simply dust the piece periodically to keep any dirt from accumulating.  They can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. 

    "You can use soap, warm water and a cotton cloth to periodically
    go over the statue to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    "

    Soap and warm water is the best way to maintain the statue.  You can use a small brush to get into the small crevices of the statue like the hands and hair. 

    Granite's durability makes it perfect for cold winters and hot summers of any climate.  The stone can stand up to the harshest conditions of heat and bitter cold.  We suggest you bathe the sculpture at least once a year so that dirt does not collect on the sculpture.  This will maintain the sculpture for your grandchildren and then their grandchildren!

    If you have any questions concerning your Indian granite statue please email us at info@lotussculpture.com or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.


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    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 info@lotussculpture.com 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 info@lotussculpture.com for a shipping quote.