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    Black Tara: Tibetan goddess of power. The goddess Tara is worshipped in many forms throughout Eurasia, and in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In her Black Tara manifestation, she controls the power of the will and measures our actions against our intentions. She administers the tests required for a soul to evolve and achieve enlightenment. The Black Tara rules over spirits and exorcisms, and heals afflictions of the mind and body.


    Tara’s themes are Universal Unity, peace, cooperation, destiny, energy and spirituality. Her symbol is a star. In Hindu mythology, Tara is a star Goddess who encompasses all time and the spark of life. She extends this energy to us, fulfilling our spiritual hunger. In so doing, Tara strengthens our understanding of the Universe and its mysteries and gives us a glimpse of our destiny.

    Godess Durga idol being prepared at an artisan's shed, Kolkata.

    Kali, or the dark goddess, is the fearful and ferocious form of the mother goddess Durga. She stands with one foot on the thigh, and another on the chest of her husband, Shiva.


    Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. She is the companion of Brahma, also revered as his Shakti (power). It was with her knowledge that Brahma created the universe. She is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the creation, maintenance and destruction of the Universe.

    Saranya is the wife of Surya, and a Hindu Goddess of the Dawn and the Clouds. Saraṇyū is the female form of the adjective saraṇyú, meaning "quick, fleet, nimble", used for rivers and wind in the Rigveda.

    Aranyani is a Hindu Goddess of Forests and the Animals that dwell within them. Aranyani is described as being elusive, fond of quiet glades in the jungle, and fearless of remote places.

    Length of brocaded velvet, late 15th century Italian (Venice) Silk velvet brocaded with metal-wrapped thread

    In Hinduism, Bhuvaneshvari is the fourth of the ten Mahavidya goddesses. Also Bhuvaneswari is considered as the supreme goddesses who creates everything and destroys all the unnecessary evils of world. She is also considered as the Mother goddess of Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati also Gayatri. In Hindu Mythology she is considered as the most powerful goddess in the universe. Parvati is Sagun Roop of Goddess Bhuvaneswari.

    Ushas Goddess by *VPdessin Ushas, the Vedic goddess of Dawn, is one of the oldest goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, whose stories belong to the Rig Veda, one of the oldest texts.

    An old Indian painting of Lord Vishnu resting on (the serpent) Ananta-Sesha, with Lakshmi massaging his feet. 18th century

    Visiting this temple next month! #Lakshmi image. Brihadishwara Temple. Tanjore (Thanjavur), Tamil Nadu, India. The Greatest of Great Living Chola Temples - UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Merciful lord Hanuman, the monkey god.

    Kashmir carpet weavers

    I have watched this process a few times all over India and these artisans are amazing! block printing #India #printing #artisan

    paisley block print stamp from India. This is a link to a wonderful Etsy shop for hand carved stamps

    wood block stamps - these patterns would be great for machine quilting practice - print, dry stitch.

    Rudraksha has its origin from the Sanskrit words, Rudra and Aksha. Rudra is another name for Lord Shiva, and Aksha means eye. As per the old mythological tale, the Rudraksha plant was born out of Lord Shiva's teardrops, hence the berry is called as Rudraksha. Rudraksha berry are produced by Rudraksha trees in Parts of Nepal, Indonesia India. Ancient scriptures, such as Shiva Purana, Padma Purana and Srimad Bhagavad mention the greatness and wonderful powers of the Rudraksha bead.