The court of
Devaraja Indra is said to be glorious due to the presence of Apsaras- divine
damsels who have perfected all arts, crafts, and creative endeavors and are
exceedingly beautiful. When the Hindu sculptor began constructing the abode of
the gods on earth, he recreated a place fit for the heavenly beings, with
marvelous architecture, true-to-life sculptures, and icons of Apsaras. Heavenly
maidens on the walls and decoration of Hindu temples are one of the most popular
and exquisite examples of Hindu iconography- divine, beautiful and auspicious.
The large wooden Apsara idol you see here is inspired by the musicians of
Swarga, who indulged in playing sweet melodies, filling the environment with
vibrant positivity and allure.
Apsara playing the flute is carved in a rounded manner, surrounded by a floral
aureole whose centerpiece is a blossoming lotus or Padma, the symbol of eternal
beauty and purity. The Apsara has her hair tied in an elaborate updo, adorned
with chains of jewels and a tiara. A few curls of her hair frame her forehead
pleasingly on which is a small Bindi (dot). Arched eyebrows, large eyes, and
fuller lips bring an exquisite youthfulness to the wooden Apsara idol.
Intricately carved ornaments such as necklaces, armbands, breast ornaments,
bangles, girdles, and anklets are employed in the beautification of the
celestial maiden. Her hands hold the flute close to her lips as if she is about
to play the instrument.
The divine flute
player seems to be enjoying her moments with her instrument, to whose tunes her
body is moving. Her uncomparable youthfulness and suppleness highlighted
gorgeously in this wooden statue fill the ambiance with heavenly bliss. According
to the Shilpaprakasha, she is one of the many Alasya Kanya or ladies in relaxed
postures whose presence completes a devalaya or home of gods. The addition of
this wooden statue to your space will make it the perfect place for positive
and divine energies to enter and reside.
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