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Making of Hanuman – 3B

June 7, 2011

Jai Siya Ram!

Continuing our walk in Sree Balaji Shilpa Kalai-koodam…

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

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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.

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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….

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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…

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And there is one of Lakshmi-Narsimha…

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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….

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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…

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Om!

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

Jai Bajrang Bali!

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Making of Hanuman – 3A

June 4, 2011

21st of March last year (2010), the carving of a great Hanuman idol commenced… Readers of this blog may recall the post (Click here to read the first post)… And then, end of October, there was a function in Chennai, for energizing the Yantra-s of the idols of Hanuman, Rama, Lakshmi-Nrsimha, for the proposed temple at Alangudi, the third in the great series of Hanuman temple being constructed under the auspicious oversight of Ramani Anna… (Click here to read  that post)..

Moving 0n…

Yesterday, June 3rd, 2011 – was a Homam function at the Sthapathi’s place. The idols are complete. And this day, they commence their journey from here to Alangudi… And so it is, that Krishni and I take off at 6-30 am from Chennai, to visit the Sthapathi’s place… The place is near Chengelpet… You take the road towards Kanchipuram… Go past Pazhaya-seevaram (a hillock temple of Lakshmi-Nrsimha)… And one km down, you reach Puliyampaakkam…

Shree Balaji Shilpa Kalai-koodam (Sri Balaji Centre of of Sculpting Arts)…

Here it is that we had come last year around Rama Navami time, and saw the inauguration of sculpting of the idol of Hanuman, meant for the proposed temple at Alangudi…

Here is a picture from that last visit, religious ceremony being conducted on the rock to be sculpted.

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So where are we now…

Lets make an auspicious start, by having darshan of a Ganesha idol at the Kalai-koodam…

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In the field, one sees a massive truck…

Going past that truck, turning around, one has the first glimpse of a massive idol of Hanuman, lying on the ground… on sand bags, planks and stone…

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Brings to mind a scene from Mahabharata… Bheema is alone, going up the Himalaya, looking for a particular flower for Draupadi…. Smashing his way through the forests, tossing elephants, tigers and lions aside, roaring… And he reaches a forest of plantain trees, where lies on his path, a massive monkey… Hanuman… He is lying down, as if asleep… His snores resounding across the mountain… His tail, slapping the ground, with such a massive force, that hill crests are falling down…. And Bheema watches, astounded…

Here is how Vyasa describes Hanuman, from Bheema’s eyes…
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विद्युत्संपातदुष्प्रेक्षं विद्युत्संपातपिङ्गलम् |
विद्युत्संपातनिनदं विद्युत्संपात्चञ्चलम् ||
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Like lightning, he was hard to look at;
Like lightning, he was of golden-copper hue;
Light lightning, he resounded like thunder;
Like lightning, he was flashing, quivering!
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दीप्यमानेन वपुषा स्वर्चिष्मन्तमिवानलम्|
निरीक्षन्तममित्रघ्नं लोचनैर्मधुपिङ्गलै: ||
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His splendorous body body ablaze like fire, the slayer of foes, glanced with his honey like eyes.
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Ok, so lets have darshan, shall we…
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First a look at his holy feet…
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Next, a look at his massive thighs…
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Now, lets see his powerful arms…. The arms that lifted Sanjeevani mountain…
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Readers of the earlier post on this “Making of Hanuman” series, would recall that herbs of Sanjeevani mountain – Mruta Sanjivani, Vishalya Karani, Savarna Karani, and Santhana Karani – are etched on the waist of this idol… Now, lets have Darshan of the upper part of Hanuman…
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In the Mahabharata episode of Bheema and Hanuman, Vyasa says:
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अपश्यद्  वदनं तस्य रश्मिमन्तमिवोदुपं
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Bheema saw Hanuman’s face, which looked like the shining moon…
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Lets have a look at the face… A close-up…
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What a beautiful smile!

Now, a look at the whole profile… As we saw  it first, when we walked past the truck…

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How was that!

Shall continue with some more pictures, other idols in the next post – the part 3B.

** To be continued **