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    Puja essentials get the artistic treatment this season, with intricately carved pedestals, silver vessels and figurines in porcelain and gold

    SINCE Spanish brand Lladro came up with its first Hindu figurine  – the Ganesha – in 2002, popular demand has resulted in the addition  of other deities to their collection. There are Krishna and Lakshmi statuettes, and more all under the Spirit of India series. Another luxe brand, Frazer and Haws, has a Mahadevi idol that is likely to find many takers among collectors with deep pockets. Featuring gold and precious stones, it costs RS.4,50,000! Read on for other must-haves in the puja room this year:

    Text: Sharmistha Maji

    Frazer-and-Haws---Set-LakshLuxe status
    British luxury décor brand Frazer and Haws, has crafted this set of Ganesha and Laxmi idols in sterling silver. Embellished with 24k gold and coloured crystals, the idols are seated on a poly-resin lotus. Rs.2,44,200 for both. Available at Estaa, Kwality House, Mumbai. Details: 022 23824429



    Gold steps
    Mirari, a luxury fine jewels brand by Mira Gulati, offers a charan padukan. It represents the foot prints of Goddess Laxmi, and is crafted in 10 karat gold. Rs.18,000. Available at mirari.com/shop


    lladroPlated decor
    Lladro’s latest offering this season is a set of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi plates, which can be purchased individually as well. Made with white matte porcelain, the plates measure 10 X 10 cm and come with gold accents and fine etchings of the divine figures. Apt for both gifting and for your own puja room, they are priced at Rs.6,000 each. Available at the store in Bergamo mall. Details: 43219440



    Peacock’s perch
    Traditionally used in puja rituals to store sacred water, mango leaves or a coconut, the silver kalash is from Mumbai-based brand, Shaze. With a peacock featured on the lid, it is intricately carved with leaf and floral motifs. Rs.19,580. Details: shaze.inshjjwj000010123-1_1

    The shining
    Online store Jaypore has a new range of silver artefacts and puja accessories for the festive season, with Ganeshas featuring pearls, crystals and more. Our pick is this sterling silver lamp with nature- inspired motifs, topped with a peacock. Rs.39,500. Details: jaypore.com

    forest-essentialsCase for pure
    Following proportions from the Vedic text and planetary effects from the Charak Samhita (a text on Ayurvedic medicine), this oil from Forest Essentials is made especially for your Lakshmi puja. The natural blended cold-pressed oils include ghee made from cow’s milk, virgin coconut oil, mahua oil, camphor, tulsi oil and more. Rs.975. Available at the store in Express Avenue Mall. Details: 28464136


    Like a queen
    Give your idol the royal treatment with this Jaipur Singhasan. The handcrafted sheet-work throne is from seventh generation jewellery house Chordia’s. Made from sterling silver, it follows the design principles of Jaipur’s heritage and features intricately carved floral motifs. Rs.5,01,000. Available at Chordia’s Inc, Takht-e-Shahi Road, Jaipur. Details: 141 5113050maayin

    Fragrant offering
    Made of sandalwood, this veena from Maayin will fill your puja space with its fragrance. Featuring statuettes of Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesha, the veena depicts the story of Tansen, the legendary Indian musician, who was one of the Navratnas or nine jewels of the Mughal emperor Akbar’s court. Rs.1,95,000. Available at Maayin, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Details: 040 23555997


    Act of devotion
    Suhani Pittie, whose clientele includes Bollywood royalty like Priyanka Chopra, has crafted these accessories in sterling silver. The highly lacquered accessories include an agarbatti holder, dhoop stand, a coin, and a  kumkum box, with anti-tarnish properties. While the agarbatti and dhoop holder, feature leaf motifs, the kumkum box is embellished with coloured stones. Rs.18,200. Available at her store in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Details: 040 32212495



    All in one
    This Ramayana puja set from Ravissant has sterling silver and gold plating. Introduced last year, it continues to have many takers and includes a puja thali, oil lamp, manjira, kalash and bell. Inspired by the Ramayana, the thali features floral engravings, deer and peacock motifs. Rs.1,86,000. Available at the store in DLF Emporio Mall, New Delhi. Details: 011 46534595


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