Rare Copper Panchapatra (Holy Water Container) used in Hindu Worships, India.

By Pankaj • Antiques • 22 Apr 2012


This is a beautiful Panchapatra – a vessel used to store Panchamrita (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchamrita), sacred water used during pujas (Hindu worship).
This particular piece is made of copper and has beautiful ornamental etchings and engravings on it’s sides. The shape is that of a Damaru (a small two headed drum used by Lord Shiva – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damaru) and suggests that this was probably used by devotees of Lord Shiva.
The side of the vessel also has an etching of a Parrot which was a favored bird of Goddess Parvathi, the wife of God Shiva, further establishing the Shaivite influence on this piece. The origin of this piece is Tamil Nadu, South India and we estimate the period to be circa 1940.

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