Making of Hanuman – 3B

Jai Siya Ram!

Continuing our walk in Sree Balaji Shilpa Kalai-koodam…

A hello first, from a smiling Hanuman face, lounging in the open….


All right… the main Hanuman is now all set to leave this place… A group of people are hauling a huge rope… The crane is ready.


The idol is  32 feet tall and weighs around 60 tons. I understand that the name of the deity is “Vishwaroopa Sankatahara Mangala Maruti”… The idol is to be loaded onto a massive truck, for being carried to Alangudi…

Here’s the truck….


Reminds one of the the platform on many wheels designed by Lilliputians to carry Gulliver…

Ok…. Lets move on to the other idols…

There is a set of idols – Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Anjaneya…


And there is one of Lakshmi-Narsimha…


This is a special form of Narsimha… Modeled on Chatravata (छत्रवट) Nrsimha of Ahobilam… Chatravata Narsimha of Ahobilam is so named because he was originally in the shade of a banyan tree… The story is that when Narsimha had just slain Hiranyakashipu, he was in great anger… In order to appease him, Ha-Ha and Hoo-Hoo, two gandharvas, sang melodious tunes… And Narsimha was so pleased, he started keeping time (Taalam) on his thigh with his left hand… And he was all smiles… The Narsihma idol here is so sculpted that the face is the smiling visage of Chatravata Narsimha….


All these idols have been sculpted under the leadership of Sthapathi Ramakrishnan. A very simple, unassuming man… A gem of an artiste… Here he is, standing near the idols he unraveled from stone…



The consecration of “Vishwaroopa Sankatahara Mangala Maruti” is scheduled for 12-June….

Jai Bajrang Bali!


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11 Responses to “Making of Hanuman – 3B”

  1. Kaushik Says:

    Making of Hanuman was a wonderful post.
    The Ram Parivaar seems exactly like the Moolavars in Paruthiyur.

  2. Suresh Subramanian Says:

    Wonderful. Are you going to be attending the consecration?
    Thank you for bringing this to us.

  3. Radhakrishnan/Posty Says:

    K, very interesting read.

  4. G.L.N.Murthy Says:

    Dear Kameshji, Thank u for the posting on Hanuman.We got a lot of info on the making of(carving of deity from stone)Hanuman.It is intresting to note that how a ugra Lakshminarasimha is made to laugh by the Gandharvas.It is simple to be great but it is difficult ot be simple.That is how the great Agama shashtravetta Stapathi is looking in word and deed.It is also interesting to note that the 32ft idol is being taken to its permannant place on 32 wheel vehicle. -Lakshmi Narasimha Murthy

  5. Says:

    I enjoyed reading every word of the writeup.

    The chisles rest after sculpting the eyes of idols. This last act is performed on an auspicious day amidst mela thalam.

    Jai maruthi jai maruthi

  6. Adelina Says:

    what an undertaking! interesting post as usual!

  7. ragavendran Says:

    pls send me balaji shilpa kalai koodam phone number or email id

  8. ragavendran Says:

    pls send me phone number

  9. jeeva Says:

    i am living for hanuman

  10. jeeva Says:

    i am happy hanuman living in my place

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