The otherworldly brass Kirtimukha whose bulging eyes and
tongue lolling out of a mouth full of fangs catch our attention has its origin
story narrated in the Shiva Maha Purana.
Kiritimukha was originally a demon born from Shiva’s wrath that, troubled by
his insatiable hunger and directed by Shiva, began devouring
himself until all he had for a body was his face or Mukha as presented in this
brass Kirtimukha door knocker.
Moved by the glorious devotion of the lion-faced demon, Lord
Shiva gave him the name- Kirtimukha (Kirti-glory, Mukha- face) and established
him at the entrance of all the holy shrines as a protector of the deity and a
reminder of the virtue of self-surrender. In the ancient Hindu temples, the
presence of the Kirtimukha on the top of the entrance is a tradition and
without the Kirtimukha, it is believed that no temple structure is complete. In
this brass Kirtimukha door knocker, the embodiment of Shiva’s pure rage serves
as the centerpiece, holding two Makara (mythical Hindu creatures) forming a
beautiful knocker. With a touch of India’s ancient culture, this brass
Kirtimukha door knocker is an innovative twist given to the presence of
Kirtimukha on the door frame. Adoring the doorway to your home, this brass
Kirtimukha door knocker will make sure that only happiness and auspiciousness
will knock on your door.
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