The last few days I spent doing the preliminary work for carving a granite panipitha. Other than earlier panipithasthis one will be square. A panipitha, often called a yoni here, is a base for a Shivalingam, which in itself is a symbol for the infinte Divine. Panipitha means water chair. Lingam andpanipitha together stand for Shiva-Shakti, or Being-Consciousness-Bliss and Manifestation thereof. …Read the whole article… →
After all parts of the Shivalingam at the time and polished, and I had tested them in a test setup, to see if it fit, the five components were ready to be transported for their installation. It all together weighs about one metric tonne; it's 125 cm wide by 125 cm high and 175 cms long. I made the whole Shivalingam and its base from different kinds of granite …Read the whole article… →
The home stretch of the work on the large lingam and panipitha has arrived. By and large, all the shaping has been done now, but the rings on top of have yet to get their roundness and everything has to be thoroughly polished, from grain 50 to 10.000 in eight steps. That means sanding the same pieces eight times, of which a large part by hand. Oh well, that's just the way it is. …Read the whole article… →
Of the large granite panipitha all parts are ready now. Because the granite that I had lying around was too small to carve it out 1 of one piece, I had to make the spout from a separate part and bond that perfectly with the rest. It is glued with strong epoxy glue , supported by 3 thick stainless steel wire ends of 2 cms thick. Finally also the ugly glue seam had to be neatly finished and the shapes made to match. …Read the whole article… →
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Out of a block of black granite, that I had lying around as a remaining piece from a smaller panipitha in black granite, I played a big Shiva lingam with my saw. The material is very tough and difficult to work because it is very dense and fragments in a glass-like way . But the result speaks for itself. …Read the whole article… →
From a number of blocks of granite I started carving a large lingam and yoni (panipitha) from the beginning. Below the course of the process of the upper part of the panipitha.
A block of granite (no idea what kind, but it is yellow-pink-brownish and quite big) from 120 x 120 x 45 cms I had intended for the upper part. If I had to order the stone I would have taken a different size, but this is simply what I had lying around. …Read the whole article… →