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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jodhaa View Post
    Namaste!

    I know this is for pictures only but the question I have seems most appropriate to this thread.

    I've noticed that many home shrines are situated in front of mirrors. Is there a reason for this? Or am I just being me and noticing strange details that are just coincidental?

    Thanks!

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    Namaste Jodhaa

    I am not sure about a mirror in front of the shrine, but I do remember accompanying a Hindu pujari to a home of an Indian family who paid the Pujari to perform the puja. He asked me to come with him as a driver to drivec him to this house of the Indian family in a nice area of San Francisco.

    That was a long time ago, but I recall a mirror being held up to Devi.

    I think in some cases a mirror is offered to Devi. So thinking of this, I checked the Internet and found this:

    .......

    Puranas and Hindu Holy Scriptures are filled with instructions regarding various aspects of Durga Puja. On the third day of the puja the third day from Mahalaya a mirror, vermilion and thin cotton dipped in dye are offered. Usually only a silver coated looking glass is offered as a mirror. But in some instances Darpan a speculum mirror is also offered.
    The darpan mirror is used while bathing the murti of Goddess Durga whenever there is a ritual bathing of Goddess Durga, it is the reflection on the darpan mirror that is bathed not the original murti.
    The darpan is also immersed in a pot of water on the morning of Dasami day when the murtis bid farewell.
    ........

    Perhaps some others may comment about offering Murthi a mirror. One of my favorite and mystic almost in power is seeing Murthi form being escorted or carried on a vehicle, cart or animal form mount, in the sky, and then a cup is raised by a lift to offer a "drink" to the Devi.

    Your Lakshmi has a Jagannath quality, you should make a Jagannath Murthi set in my opinion. Your shrine box is very nice, did you make it?

    Om Namah Sivaya

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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    Quote Originally Posted by ShivaFan View Post
    Namaste Jodhaa

    I am not sure about a mirror in front of the shrine, but I do remember accompanying a Hindu pujari to a home of an Indian family who paid the Pujari to perform the puja. He asked me to come with him as a driver to drivec him to this house of the Indian family in a nice area of San Francisco.
    Quote Originally Posted by ShivaFan View Post


    That was a long time ago, but I recall a mirror being held up to Devi.


    I think in some cases a mirror is offered to Devi. So thinking of this, I checked the Internet and found this:


    .......


    Puranas and Hindu Holy Scriptures are filled with instructions regarding various aspects of Durga Puja. On the third day of the puja the third day from Mahalaya a mirror, vermilion and thin cotton dipped in dye are offered. Usually only a silver coated looking glass is offered as a mirror. But in some instances Darpan a speculum mirror is also offered.

    The darpan mirror is used while bathing the murti of Goddess Durga whenever there is a ritual bathing of Goddess Durga, it is the reflection on the darpan mirror that is bathed not the original murti.
    The darpan is also immersed in a pot of water on the morning of Dasami day when the murtis bid farewell.
    ........

    Perhaps some others may comment about offering Murthi a mirror. One of my favorite and mystic almost in power is seeing Murthi form being escorted or carried on a vehicle, cart or animal form mount, in the sky, and then a cup is raised by a lift to offer a "drink" to the Devi.


    Your Lakshmi has a Jagannath quality, you should make a Jagannath Murthi set in my opinion. Your shrine box is very nice, did you make it?


    Om Namah Sivaya


    Thank you for offering that explanation, Shivafan. I was beginning to think I was just noticing a silly coincidence. (It may still be a coincidence for the purposes of people's home shrines but I thought there had to be some connection.)

    Thank you for the compliments on my Lakshmi. I was originally going to replace her with a brass murti because she was initially made as a doll. But I have found no other murti of Sri Lakshmi that speaks to me so I think she will stay for now. I see what you mean by the Jagannath comparison. I know very little about the Jagganath deities, though I have seen them in documentaries before. They are so unlike any other artistic style in India.

    I would like to start making murtis for others, not just dolls. But I am not skilled in metallurgy. None of my creations are appropriate for proper puja Perhaps one day!

    The shrine box was inspired by those amazing, silver mandirs that people can purchase for their home altars. Of course they run into the thousands of dollars but they are very beautiful. I wanted to make a simple mandir for my murti. The parts for the box were created by another artist. I assembled them and applied the dark wood stain and colorful interior.

    I shall have to look back at this thread again - have you posted a picture of your shrine, Shivafan?

    Peace!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShivaFan View Post
    Namaste Jodhaa

    I am not sure about a mirror in front of the shrine, but I do remember accompanying a Hindu pujari to a home of an Indian family who paid the Pujari to perform the puja. He asked me to come with him as a driver to drivec him to this house of the Indian family in a nice area of San Francisco.

    That was a long time ago, but I recall a mirror being held up to Devi.

    I think in some cases a mirror is offered to Devi. So thinking of this, I checked the Internet and found this:

    .......

    Puranas and Hindu Holy Scriptures are filled with instructions regarding various aspects of Durga Puja. On the third day of the puja the third day from Mahalaya a mirror, vermilion and thin cotton dipped in dye are offered. Usually only a silver coated looking glass is offered as a mirror. But in some instances Darpan a speculum mirror is also offered.
    The darpan mirror is used while bathing the murti of Goddess Durga whenever there is a ritual bathing of Goddess Durga, it is the reflection on the darpan mirror that is bathed not the original murti.
    The darpan is also immersed in a pot of water on the morning of Dasami day when the murtis bid farewell.
    ........

    Perhaps some others may comment about offering Murthi a mirror. One of my favorite and mystic almost in power is seeing Murthi form being escorted or carried on a vehicle, cart or animal form mount, in the sky, and then a cup is raised by a lift to offer a "drink" to the Devi.
    Namaste! Sorry I haven't been on in so long (lots of remodeling work, a.k.a. the worst kind) but this caught my attention. I offer a mirror to images of Devi (Radha, Lakshmi, Durgaa, Kaali, etc...) after I apply kumkum to their images. That's what I learned, and it just kind of seemed appropriate to me to do that. I mean, what kind of Lady wants to leave the house without checking her makeup first?

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    Namaste JayaRadhe

    Chathram Chamarayoryugam vyajanagam, chaa darshakam nirmalam,
    Veena bheri mrudanga kahala kala geetha nruthyam thada,
    Sasthangam pranthi sthuthir bahu vidha, hyethat samastham maya,
    Sankalpena samapitham thava vibho , poojam gruhana prabho.

    I offer you a seat decorated with canopy, two decorates hand fans and a shining mirror and I present to you songs and dance accompanied with music from veena, mridanga and big kettle drums. I offer you various prayers and hymns in total devotion. O Shiva, please accept these offerings, which is a product of my devotion in my imagination.

    Shiva Manasa Pooja
    The mental worship of Shiva By Sankaracharya

    Om Namah Sivaya

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShivaFan View Post
    Namaste JayaRadhe

    Chathram Chamarayoryugam vyajanagam, chaa darshakam nirmalam,
    Veena bheri mrudanga kahala kala geetha nruthyam thada,
    Sasthangam pranthi sthuthir bahu vidha, hyethat samastham maya,
    Sankalpena samapitham thava vibho , poojam gruhana prabho.

    I offer you a seat decorated with canopy, two decorates hand fans and a shining mirror and I present to you songs and dance accompanied with music from veena, mridanga and big kettle drums. I offer you various prayers and hymns in total devotion. O Shiva, please accept these offerings, which is a product of my devotion in my imagination.

    Shiva Manasa Pooja
    The mental worship of Shiva By Sankaracharya

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Namaste!

    Well, who would've thought! I guess I'll have to start offering him a mirror too!

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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    Namaste Shivafan and JayaRadhe!

    Thank your for your replies! Those are things I would never have known trying to look on my own.

    Peace!
    "God will not have his work made manifest by cowards."
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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    Some very cool photos here! Thought I'd add mine too.

    Sorry for the bad image quality... my camera isn't in the mood to cooperate with me.
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    ~Har Har Mahadev~


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    ~Har Har Mahadev~


    Where there is Truth there is Victory

    "The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it." - Michel de Montaigne

    ~Om Namah Shivay~

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    Last two; both really old, but better quality:
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    ~Har Har Mahadev~


    Where there is Truth there is Victory

    "The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it." - Michel de Montaigne

    ~Om Namah Shivay~

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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    My shrine has less conventional murtis. Sorry for the poor quality. The shrine is dedicated to the Mahadevi and her Kali aspect, Shiva and Shani. The green head represents Shiva(it made me think of the forest dweller aspect of his being), the image beside it is a crow representing Shani. The female image is the Mahadevi. On the bottom right corner is a not-very-visible arrangement of skull icons representing Kali's garland(I will be getting a murti of Her as well as Saraswati for my birthday).
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