Stunning Sacred Art, Sculpture and Textiles From India and Nepal


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Exotic India is a unique, special website connecting exceptional quality master artisan traditional handcrafted arts made throughout India and Nepal online with other Indians and the rest of the world.

They have so many beautiful, special things to see and buy. I'm going to point out and talk about some of Exotic India's best and most popular Sacred Art Paintings, Sculptures and Textiles. But you can Have a look what other things you want there too. Exotic India offer fast free worldwide shipping on everything on the website!

WHAT IS SACRED ART

Sacred Art is seen and used in the ancient, traditional and contemporary art and architecture of religious, spiritual and tribal cultures and communities all over the world and throughout history.
Sacred art is art in the form of paintings, sculpture, architecture and textiles, containing images of deities, gods, goddesses, saints, spiritual teachers and teachings, mythology, and auspicious (positive energy) symbols and metaphysical, occult or esoteric symbols and iconography, as well as symbolic colors, and geometric shapes, numbers and ratios known as sacred geometry symbols, all relating to that community's traditional, cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs.

Sacred art is usually meant for religious and spiritual practices like meditation, prayer, gatherings, festivals and religious or spiritual rites and rituals. The creation of sacred art is also a form of meditation and devotional spiritual practice.

Sacred art is very deep and full of subtle and complicated symbolic information. So I am only going to give brief and general explanations. You can see more information on Exotic India's individual products pages, or down the right hand side of the sections, and for more in-depth knowledge, you can read the Exotic India Newsletter Articles here.

Two other really good places to read about spiritual symbols are the Ka Gold Jewelry Articles here and the Buddha Groove Articles at the bottom of the page.

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH SACRED ART

Sacred art is the visual version of a mantra. A mantra is a 'mind-trainer' or mind tool, a word or words that we use to focus on and repeat either mentally or aloud to keep our minds calm and focused.

Most sacred art needs you to have some understanding of the images and symbols. One of the most prominent symbols in Buddhist and Hindu Sacred Art is the Lotus Flower or Lotus Petal, which symbolizes enlightenment attained through overcoming obstacles and adversity. When Buddhists meditate on sacred art depicting one of their spiritual Bodhisattvas, deities, or Buddhas they try to visualize and take on and embody the energies of that particular Bodhisattva, Buddha or deity.

But because sacred art affects us on a subconscious level too, anyone can do it, especially with a Yantra or Mandala, because they are more abstract. You can just gaze at the Mandala or Yantra, the same way you would do a simple candle flame meditation (gazing at the flame of a candle to focus your mind).
  • Get settled and comfortable and take some deep, calming breaths. 
  • Focus your eyes on the center of the Yantra or Mandala and allow your mind to go quiet and empty. 
  • Keep your focus on the center and let the rest of the image come into your mind through your peripheral vision (through the outer sides of your vision) But if you want to look around and examine the whole image you can do that too.
  • If your mind goes off and starts thinking and getting distracted, you can just start doing it again as soon as you realize it and repeat as much as you like.
It's normal to get a bit frustrated and it doesn't matter because you're just practicing getting a bit more in control of your mind.

WHAT IS SACRED GEOMETRY 

Sacred geometry refers to the geometrically and mathematically precise patterns and shapes, that occur naturally and repeatedly, and recreate themselves, like fractals, in nature.

Sacred geometry is a component of sacred art and architecture, because many traditional spiritual cultures believed, and some scientists, theologians, mathematicians and others now, that these numerical or geometrical patterns give insight into there being a natural, or divine patterning at work in nature, life and the universe.
Natural things form and grow by themselves in the most efficient ways for their survival and repeat and recreate those patterns as they grow.

But the same shapes, numbers, proportions and patterns are seen across different subjects and objects in nature and life. Shapes, numbers, textures, sounds and colors are connected through vibration. The understanding or belief around sacred geometry, is that everything is very literally connected and that everything is the manifestation of energetic frequencies interacting, because events and objects come into being through vibration, or energetic frequencies that affect physical matter.

"Everything is interwoven and the web is holy" ~ Marcus Aurelius

In the same way that water can take the form of a liquid (normal water), or a solid (ice) or a gas (steam) because it's temperature, and therefore it's energetic vibration has been altered, colors, numbers, shapes and sounds are interchangeable variations, or different expressions of each other too.

THE ENERGIES OF SQUARES, CIRCLES AND TRIANGLES AND WHAT SHAPES OUR THOUGHTS



Sacred Geometry is enmeshed with and part of our minds and thinking too. What we experience through our senses affects us on a subconscious level. Below is explained the subconscious meaning we receive from the most basic shapes in sacred geometry and sacred art.

SQUARES AND RECTANGLES

When we see a square or rectangle, it gives us an immediate subconscious impression of solidity, structure and sturdiness. A square, rectangle or cube is like the shape of a house or a box, a bookshelf, or a room. It has 'straight' lines and 'sharp' corners. It looks like a container, something that can hold something to protect or contain it.

CIRCLES

When we see a circle or sphere, without even thinking about it, we get the immediate impression of flow and repetition, something which has no stops or corners, something that is unending, and rolling on for eternity, a circle gives the impression of completion and wholeness, but also emptiness. We associate it with other round things that we are used to seeing like the earth and other planets, and with other natural cyclical things that keep recurring in our lives, like time, the seasons, or birth and death and breathing, the natural flow of creation.

TRIANGLES

Basic, normal upward pointing equilateral or isosceles triangles, are sturdy on the bottom and come to a fine point at the top. The bottom has more mass than the top which gets thinner and thinner until it reaches upwards, to the tip.
Whereas circles can make us think of something that goes round and round, Triangles make us think of something, or energy, that is being directed and pointing upwards like an arrow, or if it's a downward facing triangle, energy that is being pointed down to earth.

This is a simple starting point about the subconscious impressions we get from circles, squares and triangles that explains the very basic foundations of sacred geometry. Sacred geometry goes really very deep and of course it's very ancient.

We know that the Egyptians used pyramids because they felt and believed that the triangular shape of the pyramid would bring fine, divine, cosmic energies, or the Egyptian Gods, down and into contact with what and who was inside the pyramid, and take their deceased royalty up to 'heaven' or up to the finer realms of existence with them.

MASCULINE AND FEMININE ENERGIES IN SHAPES

In sacred art and sacred geometry symbolism, a triangle that points upwards is seen as a 'positive' or 'masculine' energy, because masculine energy is a 'doing', active energy. The triangle is reaching up for growth like a tree growing upwards towards the sun.

A triangle pointing downwards gives the impression of  'negative' energy, because like an arrow pointing down, it's energy that is coming down, in towards earth, retreating in the direction that gravity pulls us. The 'motion' and 'energy' of the downward facing triangle is pointing downwards.

We call passive, withdrawing and retreating 'negative' energy, 'female' energy. A circle is thought of as 'negative' or 'female' energy too, because of its sense of passive and continuous flow, and a square is thought of as 'positive', 'male' energy, because of it's sense of active structure.

'Male' and 'female' energy doesn't have all that much to do being biologically a 'male' human or a 'female' human, or being 'negative' or 'positive', not in the way we think of it and use those words, because everyone has different balances of male and female, 'positive' (active, giving, doing) energies and 'negative' (quiet, receptive, withdrawing) energies, that go up and down all the time too, according to thoughts and stimulus, but of course the energies of our biological make up - our biological hormones, do affect our thoughts, motivations and behaviors, as do our circumstances and the energies of the things we interact with or consume.
As well as bringing more insight, meditation is a good way to help bring the male and female energies in our minds and bodies into a healthy balance that is right for us as an individual, so things are more under our own control.

WHAT IS A THANGKA 


A Thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist, or can also be a Hindu, sacred art scroll painting on paper, cotton or silk. Thangkas can depict spiritual teachings, legends and spiritual folk stories. The subject matter may be about the life of the Buddha or another Buddhist deity or lama, 'Bodhisattvas' (holy people) including Chenrezig/Avlokitesvara, Vajrapani, Maitreya, Manjushri, Tara and Padmasambhava. A thangka can also be a more highly symbolic and stylized sacred geometry painting like a Mandala. Thangkas can be bought unframed, but they usually have a traditional brocade frame and silk cover, which can be drawn over to protect them physically and energetically when not in use.
CLICK HERE TO BUY YOURSELF AN AUTHENTIC TIBETAN BUDDHIST OR HINDU SACRED ART THANGKA PAINTING!


WHAT IS A MANDALA


Mandala means circle. A Mandala is a sacred geometry pattern of the universe based on a circle or chakra/wheel, symbolic of  the vortex of creation and the Dharmachakra, the dharma wheel, or the wheel or cycle of life and spiritual transformation. It is an abstract representation of  connection between the inner and outer worlds, the unity of the part and the whole, the microcosm and macrocosm, the joining together of the physical and the spiritual, and the manifestation of thought and subtle energies into physical form.

Buddhist Mandalas are the most well-known, but similar sacred geometry structures and symbolism are found in the spiritual art of other cultures like The Mexican Aztec Sunstone Calendar, The Chinese Bagua or Pa Kua, Native American Medicine Wheels and Dream Catchers and Christian Architecture like Rose Windows and Labyrinth Floors.

This is a good article about Tibetan Buddhist Mandalas from the Exotic India Archives on the construction of a mandala, the deities, the imagery and what the colors mean.

CLICK HERE AND GET AN AUTHENTIC TIBETAN BUDDHIST MANDALA THANGKA LIKE THE ONES BELOW!

EXOTIC INDIA TIBETAN BUDDHIST MANDALAS

WHAT IS A YANTRA


Yantra means 'power diagram'. Yantras are abstract sacred geometry diagrams representing the meeting point between source of creation and the manifested physical universe. The prime, classic and definitive type of yantra is called the 'sri yantra' or sri chakra (also spelled shri or shree).

The Sri Yantra has been around for more than 12,000 years.
Yantras come from the Hindu and Buddhist tradition of Tantra, which is a more esoteric version of Hinduism and Buddhism, characterized by many more deep, complicated symbolic rituals.

You can read about Tantric Buddhism and Hinduism and more about Yantras and Mandalas here.

The Sri Yantra represents non-duality, the union of male and female energies (in the individual or the outer world) and it is associated with the Goddess Tripura Sundari, who symbolizes the beauty of the harmonization of the three dimensions of reality - the physical world, the mind, and the higher realms of consciousness.
The Sri Yantra has a ' bindu' or central focus point surrounded by 9 interlocking triangles which represent the cosmos and the human body. 4 of the triangles point upwards, representing male energy and 5 pointing downwards representing female energy, The triangles intersect to form 43 smaller triangles.
The Sri Yantra also contains concentric circles (circles which go around each other) lotus petals and the outer square represents the shape of a temple with doors opening out into the universe.

Meditation is one of the very best forms of natural healing. The Yantra Paintngs at Exotic India are carved for individual Tantric magical or natural healing purposes. Choose one for yourself or for a lovely, special gift here!

A three-dimensional SCULPTURE version of a Yantra is called a Maha Meru after a famous spiritual mountain. You can buy a Maha Meru Yantra SCULPTURE here. There's also some Brass Yantras here that come in a decorated box like this one below. They're only £21 and the shipping to anywhere is FREE!



EXOTIC INDIA HAND CARVED YANTRAS



EXOTIC INDIA MASTER ARTISAN HANDCRAFTED SPIRITUAL SCULPTURES

The Sculptures at Exotic India, like all of the other art and textiles shown here,  are handcrafted using traditional skills by master artisans from all over India and Nepal. Beautiful wood, stone, brass, copper and other metals. Hindu, Buddhist, Tantra, South Indian and Nepalese sculptures and carved wall hangings to decorate your home, gathering place, or business premises.

PICTURED BELOW ARE:
Hindu Goddess Durga - The vanisher of evil.
Tibetan Astrological Diagram Made in Nepal
Hanuman The Monkey God energy of the clever and devoted servant
Garuda - The mythological Bird Creature Tibetan Buddhist Large Wood Mask
Vasta Surya Nepalese Copper Wall Hanging - For spiritual connection with the sun
Ganesha - The remover of obstacles, magical luck in overcoming obstacles
The Hindu Holy Family - Lord Shiva - The creator and the destroyer;
Parvati - Shiva's wife or consort, beautiful divine wife and mother with many aspects to her character and their son Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God - Symbol of the overcoming of obstacles;
Bulls Head - Inlaid Brass and Wood. Symbol of masculinity and of Nandi, the bull ridden by Shiva

SOME OTHER MOST WELL LOVED HINDU GODS AND GODDESSES ARE:
Lord Krishna - Supreme, playful God of love, joy, romance, kindness and gentleness
Lord Vishnu - Pervader and maintainer of the universe
Goddess Lakshmi - Energy of wealth, abundance and prosperity
Goddess Kali - Ferocious, righteous, protective mother Goddess
Goddess Saraswati - Goddess of scholarly studies, creativity, music and the arts

THERE'S LOTS MORE, BUDDHIST AND HINDU SCULPTURES CLICK HERE TO BUY ONE OF THESE SCULPTURES AND MORE!

EXOTIC INDIA TEXTILES

Exotic India Textiles are sourced from small family businesses throughout India and Nepal using authentic traditional master artisan handloom and embroidery skills. I'm going to show you some of the most beautiful and popular Textiles at Exotic India, which I think are the Shawls, Scarves and Wraps, and The Bedspreads which I think anyone, whatever country they're in would like. But Exotic India Textiles also include stunning bestselling Indian SareesSkirts and other clothes like these beautiful Salwar Kameez, and FootwearFabricsBagsCarpets. So you can check those out too.

INDIAN AND NEPALI SHAWLS, SCARVES, STOLES, WRAPS OR HIJAB

Exotic India Shawls, Stoles, Scarves, and Wraps and Hijab are handpicked for their exquisite quality. They are hand-loomed, hand-printed and hand-embroidered, made with pure wool, pashmina, yak wool, cashmere, pure silk, artificial silk, pure cotton, khadi cotton, linen, chiffon, rayon and viscose.
Get the one you want before it goes.
A shawl, wrap or scarf will fit anyone, without having to try it on for size and you can have them for decades because you never grow out of them. All women love special things like this for a present and a special occasion to wear it. Which one of these would you love to wear?
CLICK HERE AND GET ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL INDIAN AND NEPALI SHAWLS OR WRAPS!

EXOTIC INDIA INDIAN AND NEPALI HANDMADE BEDSPREADS 

Do you need a really beautiful special new bedspread? 

Exotic India Bedspreads have been made and embroidered using traditional master artisan weaving, and embroidery skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of them come with matching pillow covers. They also have some sheets and tablecloths and they can be used as sofa throws, spare covers, or blankets and for any other home and travel purposes. Remember they are bedspreads, rather than duvet covers. Some of the bedspreads are screen hand printed, some are hand embroidered, and some have been hand-loom weaved. You will be able to tell the thickness by the material and the way they look. You pay only for the item, shipping to everywhere is free!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOURSELF A NEW SPECIAL BEAUTIFUL INDIAN HANDMADE BEDSPREAD!


I don't know why, but I feel like a rest now! Aren't they beautiful things! I hope you find something you love, for yourself, or your home, you can get them with a few clicks of a button and wait for them to arrive, and they're really special, quality, unique gifts for people you know.

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