Black panipitha completed

 square panipitha in black granite with Lotus MotifAfter much sanding and polishing finally the black square panipitha is finished. It already has a nice polish, and once it's out of my dusty studio, I will give it a good rub so it gets a nice shine. The panipitha is carved out of black granite, and it's about 40 x 40 x 40 cms tall, with a spout of 16 cms. …Read the whole article…

Four pieces at a time….

the polishing work on the upper side of a panipitha in black graniet2 The polishing work on the upper side of a panipitha in black graniet1
cutting a block of granite Rosa Porinho with the angle grinder splitting a block of dolomite with wedges
Panipitha

This past week I spent time working on four different projects at once, all of a different nature. First of all, the work on the black, square panipeetha just goes on. I've already shaped the top side and started sculpting the last four sides with the Lotus Motif. …Read the whole article…

Two videos of a lingam and panipitha

The video below I got sent today, and the one above a bit earlier. On these can be seen how the lingam and panipitha I carved out of granite got a waterflow. The lingam is a symbol for Shiva, and is regarded by believers not just as an image, but as Shiva itself. During a ritual of ablutions (abhishekam) , during recitation of Vedic chants, water is poured over the lingam. …Read the whole article…

Square panipitha: Polishing has started

Polishing started pp2← to the first post about this project

The polishing work on the upper half of the square panipitha has started (it's upside down at the moment). You can clearly see where I could not get into the tricky upper edge during the sanding. …Read the whole article…

Lotus motif

lotus motif on black panipitha. Lingam en Yoni← to the first post about this project

After a few days of carving the black granite (Premium Black) half of the lotus leaves have been carved on the square panipitha. What can easily be done in a day in limestone, is a very different story in granite, but fortunately it is coming along nicely. …Read the whole article…

Quite a bit smaller

panipitha geschuurd1

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I was doing fine with carving the panipitha, when a sudden change of course occurred. It turned out that the design was a bit too big, so I was asked to make the panipitha a lot smaller: It had to be cut about 2 inches smaller or 5 cms all around. At six sides. …Read the whole article…

Stone masonry: Carving profiles in granite

stone masonry: profiles chop saw for panipitha in black granite← to the first post about this project

Actually, the work that I am doing now on the black-granite panipitha is not so much sculpting, but stone masonry. With a lot of sawing and bush hammering I'm carving the ogee profile on the four sides of the block of granite . …Read the whole article…

A block of black granite for a panipitha

black panipeetham lingam granite precarving← to the first post about this project

After a very long wait finally my granite block for the new panipitha has arrived. Premium black, so that should be dark enough. It is 70 x 50 x 46 cms tall, a piece of over 500 kilos. This afternoon I first began to cut away the excess material around the spout , so that a square piece of 50 x 50 x 46 with a spout was left . …Read the whole article…

A model for a new panipitha

model Shivalinga + baseThe last few days I spent doing the preliminary work for carving a granite panipitha. Other than earlier panipithas this 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 and panipitha together stand for Shiva-Shakti, or Being-Consciousness-Bliss and Manifestation thereof.
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