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Beautiful statues - 3.6.2014
I am absolutely delighted with the statues I had ordered - thet are beautifully crafted!
Not only were the statues beautiful, the service was excellent. My query was answered promptly and I will definitely be buying from lotus sculpture in future
Reviewer:Shamala (Singapore, Singapore, SG)
Reclining Buddha - 3.5.2014
1. Beautiful statue
2. Great service
Reviewer:Reclining Buddha (Westminster, CA, US)
Damaged statue replaced immediately - 3.5.2014
The lovely "stone" statue of Ganesh I ordered was damaged during shipping because of improper packing. Kyle replaced it immediately - and courteously - with a well-packed one which arrived safe and sound.
Reviewer:Barbara Haugen (Easthampton, MA, US)
Great care - 3.1.2014
The details of the Buddha sculpture I got were created with great care. I am very pleased with its presence. The client service from Kyle was also done with great care. Thanks.
Reviewer:Drew (Norwalk, Connecticut, US)
First Class - 2.20.2014
Lotus Sculpture's website is extensive and shows so many different images of each piece that I felt I was already familiar with this image of Ganesh before it even arrived. My correspondence with Kyle was pleasant, professional, and I'm sure I'll return again to peruse and purchase.
I can't offer anything but praise for Kyle's wonderful site and service.
Reviewer:Marek Reavis (Eureka, California, US)
fantastic! - 2.12.2014
I ordered the Ganesh statue a few days after a trip to Thailand, it arrived well packed and heavy!! within a few days.
Ganesh is now happily sitting in front of my door keeping obstacles at bay.
Reviewer:Loekie (Richmond, CA, US)
Buddhist statues - 2.6.2014
Always helpful, always have what I want.
Swift delivery, reasonable prices.
If I'm thinking of getting a sculpture, this is the first place I look.
Reviewer:John Foley (Oxford, Oxon, GB)
Love the Krishna statue. - 2.3.2014
The Brass Ornate Flute Krishna Statue 30" (Statue #Item # 61bs69) that I bought is absolutely beautiful. It is perfect in every way. This was my first experience dealing with Lotus Sculpture and they are a fantastic company.
Reviewer:Keith Howard Sorensen (McGregor, MN, US)
pravati - 1.16.2014
Just what I wanted. As described. Very pleased with purchase.
This is a unique Shiva Lingam. The three sections that usually comprise a typical Lingam are all exposed. The Lingam is comprised of three vertical sections which represent each God of the Hindu Trimurti. Shiva is represented by the round, uppermost level. The middle octagonal section represents Vishnu and the lower square level represents Lord Brahma. The lower level has beautiful floral decorations on it. Beneath the entire Lingam is a square version of a yoni to collect the liquids poured over the Lingam during a puja ceremony. There is a small spout to dispense the liquid to a vessel. the stone used in this sculpture is beautiful! The pink granite's polished surface embodies the Gods it is made to represent.
The Story of the Shiva Lingam: Shiva saw not sense in the transitory pleasures of life, so he rejected samsara, smeared his body with ash, closed his eyes and performed austerities. Shiva's tapas generated so much heat that his body transformed into a pillar of fire - a blazing lingam that threatened to destroy the whole world. The gods did not know how to control Shiva's fire. Suddenly there appeared a yoni - the divine vessel of the mother-goddess. It caught the fiery lingam and contained its heat, thus saving the cosmos from untimely destruction.
About Pink Granite: Pink granite is seldom used in sculpture in south India. Lotus Sculpture has acquired pink granite stone solely for a limited number of statues. The Lingam's smooth surfaces really show off the beauty of the stone. Like Indian black granite it is possible to see 4-5 different colors on a single piece depending on the degree of polish or roughness of the stone. The stone is extremely hard and durable and can be left outside in extreme heat and extreme cold for years without care.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.
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@example.com for a shipping quote.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a shipping quote.
Shipping quote for Pink Granite Shiva Raksha Lingam 48"
This statue weighs too much to be shipped using UPS or any of our international carriers and will have to be shipped by a freight carrier. We will get you a freight shipping quote for this statue. Or you can call us directly at 1 (760) 994-4455.
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