A makeshift Gajalakshmi mandir (temple) to add to the auspiciousness of your home. Fashioned from wood, it features a basic structure with a bipane door down the front and a stretch of curvaceous vine situated centrally along the upper edge. The doors open outwards to reveal the gorgeous Devi Lakshmi flanked by a pair of pristine gaja (elephants) raising their trunks in homage to Her. This is why it is called the Gajalakshmi iconography.
Executed in the Tanjore medium, the image of the Devi is replete with vibrant jewel tones and pure gold embellishments. Embossed upon the wood, Her face and figure as well as the paraphernalia surrounding Her are sculpted with lifelike detail. Such is the abha (aura) of Her gentle mukhamandala (facial universe or facial region) that merely drawing open the doors of this mandir would uplift the devoted heart.
An archway of solid gold above Her crowned head, punctuated by the indispensable Kirtimukham motif. The engravings on the throne and the goblets flanking the hems of Her saree. The glass beads inlaid in Her crown and Her adornments like rubies and emeralds accentuating Her youth and beauty. Finally, a series of coops along the bottom of the mandir to store the pooja-samagree (ritual utilities).
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