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Posted by Vishva News Reporter on January 31, 2005

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Family Upholds the Ancient Tradition of Idol Sculpting

HINDUISM TODAY: & THE HINDU: TAMIL NADU, INDIA, January 2, 2005:

Imagine belonging to a tradition that can trace its ancestry back 600 years. There are 60 descendent families who still live in Swamimalai. All of them are into our family trade. Mr. Mohanraj Stapathi with brother Kuberan,and his two sons, Karunanidhi and Kuberan run a workshop in Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu, where they employ 20 men and two women and train youngsters. Women do the wax moulds, filing and polishing of the idols.

Mr. Mohanraj Stapathi is the chief architect of the renowned Thanjavur Big Temple, explains that foreigners come to his establishment to observe the sacred art form and that his business receives orders from temples and cultural centers from around the world. Idols of Hindu deities such as Ganesha, Dhanvantri and Sivagami are among the many bronze items on display at Silpa Kalashetram in T. Nagar. Mr. Karunanidhi has been a recipient of several awards. The 7.7-feet Lakshmi Narayanan idol weighing 2.2 tonnes and the 4.6-feet shivalingam weighing 500 kg installed in a temple in Madhya Pradesh find mention as the tallest idols in the 1993 edition of Limca Book of Records. The 38-year-old sculptor, who became an assistant to his father, Karunanidhi, at the age of 10, has a son and a daughter. He says they will become his assistants when they turn 15.

It has supplied idols to a New Jersey temple; the navagrahas to a temple in England; silver and gold covers for idols of Ganesha and Punnai Nallur Mariamman; cradles, puja platforms and flag posts for temples in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The sculptors have made Ayyappa, Jesus and Buddha idols too.

That's not all. Mr. Mohanraj is a research scholar at the Tamil University's Department of Sculpture in Thanjavur.

Silpa Kalashetram can be contacted at:
91-44-24344216.


Mr. Mohanraj Stapathi quotes a Sankrit slok about the spirit of his idol sculpting craft:

"When a sculptor decides to make the wax model,

  •  the icon is infused with a spark of jeevan (life);
  • when it is cast in metal it is half alive.
  •  When we draw the eyes it is three-quarters live but
  • when it is placed in a temple and pujas are performed becomes a live being."



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