An annual collection of jewellery to celebrate ones spiritual side, ORRA has launched its Nav-Siddheshwari collection of pendants. Set in 18k gold, this time themed around Indian goddesses, the collection celebrates the spirit of feminine divinity. From Saraswati to Laxmi, Parvati, Durga and Radha, it is a recognition of the strengths that she draws from each of them.
Comprising of pendant designs studded with nava-graha gemstones, each represents the key attributes of womanhood namely Lakshmi symbolizing prosperity and spiritual liberation, Saraswati a symbol of knowledge and wisdom, Parvati for her sacrifice & motherhood, Durga looked up to for valour & protection and Radha a dedication of unconditional love and spiritual excellence.
The nine gemstones on the other hand symbolize the nine grahas of the universe: ruby (Sun), pearl (Moon), red coral (Mars), emerald (Mercury), yellow sapphire (Jupiter), diamond (Venus), blue sapphire (Saturn), hessonite (rahu) and cat’s eye (ketu). In addition, each pendant has been dedicatedly adorned with the symbol associated to each of the goddesses. From the swan to the lotus, or baby Ganesha resting in Maa Parvathi’s lap, each one evokes devotion from the depths of the heart.
The thought behind each of these pendants that we have created for you are as below:
Tridevi: A representation of the embodiment of the 3 Main Goddesses – Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati. The design consists of lotus petals, the symbol of Goddess Lakshmi enveloping the 9 auspicious gemstones. The two swirls on top represent a swan and a peacock, which are associated with Goddess Saraswati and the overall cowrie-shell shape of the pendant signifies Goddess Parvati.
The Devi-saptashati portion of the Markandeya-purana states this truth about the great Mother through a different legend. The mother has three aspects: the benign, the active, and the ferocious. The three give birth to three twins that form the trinity, which are responsible for creation, sustenance and disintegration of the world, and their spouses.
All these being manifestations of the great Mother, control the cosmos, including the stars, constellation and planets. Taking this aspect into consideration, the pendant is studded with the 9 gems that alleviate the wearer of the afflictions created by the planets.
Any devotee who remembers these exploits of the mother is assured by her, of the warding off, of all calamities, including those spurred by the planets.
Padmapriya: The charming amulet that symbolizes, Goddess Lakshmi, consists of 8 interwoven lotus petals, with the 9 gems at the pericarp of it. Goddess Lakshmi is the symbol of fortune, spiritual Liberation and removal of all physical pain and anxiety. Lotus being the seat of the goddess represents prosperity.
Hamsavahini: Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, music, arts and wisdom, is symbolized by a Swan, Veena, a book of vedas and the Yantra. In vedas, Goddess Saraswati is described as the bestower / guardian of intellect and wisdom and the inspirer of good acts. She is also known as the Mother of Vedas.
The Pendant is a beautiful mélange of the Saraswati Yantra and the Swan. The hamsa or Swan (the vaahana of the Goddess) is a symbol of the ability to discriminate between Good and Evil, spiritual perfection and Moksha. The different levels in the Yantra represent the Veena. The Pendant is dedicated to the woman, who is repository of knowledge and wisdom.
Uma: Goddess Paravati, the mother goddess, the wife of Lord Shiva and the mother of Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya, is a symbol of motherhood, perseverance and Sacrifice. She represents the nurturing and gentle aspect of womanhood. She is the Goddess of affection, devotion and fertility.
The design is a portrayal of the Motherly aspect of Goddess Parvati, where-in she is holding child Lord Ganesh in her lap. He is seen forming the convex of the cowrie-shell that symbolizes Parvati.
The triumvirate – of the nine gems, the pot-bellied god that dispels the obstruction and the mother-of-three-worlds – assure the devotee who wears this amulet of for prosperity and disappearance of sorrow, grief and calamities!
Radhe-shyam: Goddess Radha the Companion of Lord Krishna, is a symbol of Love and devotion. The word is derived from “Radh” meaning striving for spiritual goal and worship.
This amulet that attempts to catch the rhythm of the mystic dance in which both Radha and the Bansidhara Krishna are immersed, delineates the sway of garments frilled with nine gems; the figures being suggested by the two crowns and the flute!
Durga-Shakti: Durga, the Warrior Goddess, is the fierce mother of protective of her children.
The charming amulet presents us, with the crowned benign face of the goddess, wearing a circle of nine gems around the neck and displaying a lotus bud on the broad forehead in the place of a bindi. The huge, but delicate crown has at its base a pair of paisleys back to back, over which is the tripartite crown crested with a lotus, which is again; at the top adorning a spray six buds. The row of lotus buds stand for the third eye of knowledge that dispels all ignorance and evil.
The pendant is an ode to the brave heart woman, who is fearless.
Sarva-dev: The 8 petaled Lotus, which is mainly associated with all the Goddesses, is considered to be the seat of Goddess Lakshmi, or is held by the Goddesses. The sacred flower is a symbol of Purity and spiritual awakening. The Platinum Pendant studded with the 9 gemstones signifies the purity of heart of a woman and cosmic harmony.
A perfect gift devoted to that special woman in your life, the Nav-Siddheshwari collection is available across all the 32 stores of ORRA in 21 cities. Patrons can also log onto www.orra.co.in to get a glimpse of this latest collection.