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interprets - the #gowrishankaram
when we talk about #indiansliverjewellery, we simply cannot ignore a breathtaking #ornament
like the gowrishankaram necklace. it’s story began in the 18th century in the pious city of tamil nadu, south india.
one of the many beautiful pieces belonging to the chettiar community, this #necklace
has been known as a ritual necklace throughout history. made by using rudraaksh beads, this necklace was worn by the chettiar men since ages. it was probably one of the most important #ritualornaments.
the gowrishankaram necklace was made from a number of rudraaksh seeds as #rudraaksh
are believed to be synonymous to lord shiva, although strings of #gold
beads resembling the rudraaksh malas were also used by men belonging to wealthier classes the centre of this majestic necklace was what gave this necklace its wow factor. it held a big mesmerising pendant which conveyed #beautiful
picturesque stories - in fact the pendant acted as a means of telling divine stories through pictures.
depicted figures of #lordshiva
& parvati who have a mythological importance as the perfect couple. they could be seen riding a nandi (the holy bull) surrounded by ganesh & karthik. each figure could be seen etched onto gold with careful attention to design detail.
another had a picture of lord nataraj - lord shiva dancing over the head of a demon meant to symbolise ignorance. this design could be depicted on the hanging portion of the necklace or on the necklace fastening at the nape of the necklace.
every exquisite pendant also had a small box like attachment which hung below it by means of a chain or a hook. the box like attachment enabled storage of portable deities which converted this necklace into a portable shrine or a ‘lingam’ thereby stressing its religious importance. onto the reverse side of the pendant, the owner’s name along with the date of ownership of the necklace etc. were etched.
this ornament is truly striking as it is a mark of impeccable craftsmanship. it is a classic example of the impact of a religion or a belief on the shape of an ornament.
#navratri #historyofjewellery #necklace #tamilnadu