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    Our pick of striking sculptures and figurines from Indian scriptures and mythology

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    The tranquil face of Maha Devi has been sculpted on three feet of marble and embellished with silver and gold gilding. The jewellery is nature-inspired, finely picked out in garnets and white zircons. Adding a burst of colour to the stark silver and white are elegant peacock feathers. `5 lakh. At Frazer and Haws, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi. Details: 011 24647818

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    A graceful bronze goddess Saraswati complete with veena and scriptures willA�fit perfectly into that special niche at home. We love her poise and the detailing gone into her vahana, her jewellery and flowers. Comes in two sizes a�� 15 inches and 2.5 feet. Rs35,000 and Rs80,000. At Natesana��s Antiqart, Richmond Road, Bangalore. Details: 080 22118567

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    Perfect for a modern home, this striking gold Durga Ma representation by Aarya is in 24kt pure gold foil. The 21-inch frame is part of the Aastha collection which also has similar images of Ganesha and Laxmi in the same series that might inspire you to start a collection. Rs35,000. At the store in Phoenix MarketA�City, Whitefield, Bangalore Details: 080 67266494

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    This piece from the house of Ethnic Brass depicts the famous Krishnarjun ratha scene from the Mahabharath. The rich antique finish on the brass is elegantly understated while its 6-inch height makesA�it versatile enough to place on a coffeeA�table or a mantlepiece. Rs3,000.A�Details: fabfurnish.com

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    Completing the Ram Darbar collection from Lladro, Lakshman and Hanuman join the Ram and Sita duo. The two porcelain idols are beautifully embellished and depicted in their traditional pose with Lakshman next to Ram and Hanuman kneeling in prayer. All part of the Spirit of India, 1,800 piece, limited edition collection. Rs7 lakh for all four. At Bergamo, KNK Road. Details: 43219440

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    One of the most popular Indian gods, Ganesha is said to be the remover of obstacles. Notice the ekdanta (one tooth) carving so typical of the elephant God, and the mice, in this dancing variation. In fact, we suggest you dedicate a whole wall to this beautiful imposing four-foot bronze sculpture. Rs1,90,000. At Prachin Arts & Crafts, Jayanagar, Bangalore. Details: 080 41105385

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    These silver statues of LakshmiA�and Ganesha will delight the religious of heart. While Lakshmi brings in wealth and prosperity and is worshipped during Diwali, any religious Hindu celebration almost always begins with Ganesha. The statues come in various sizes. Rs62,000 upwards for pure silver statues of one kilogram each. At Navrathan Jewellers, MG Road, Bangalore. Details: 080 25584346

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    Graceful and powerful, Taradevi, a manifestation of Durga or Parvathi, is represented in this lovely mosaicA�statue made vibrant by the use of red and aqua stones. A symbol of goddess Tara, she will sit magnificently on a shelf or become the centrepiece in your drawing room. We suggest you leave the surroundings minimal. Rs11,800. Details: tarangarts.com

    Delicate porcelain or ornate silver? Mythological figures come to life in these intricate works of art as you bring home the festive season or simply add to your existing collection.
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