Rare Vintage Silver Amulets Rose Quartz Multi Charm Necklace, Durga Shakti Silver Puja Necklace
This necklace features five vintage tribal silver amulets from Rajasthan. These amulets have been known to have been created between 1920s to 1950s.
The big central "yoni" shaped amulet features Maa Durga or Shakti. The word "Yoni" (which means "womb") is the symbol of the Hindu Divine Goddess.
The Hindu Goddess Shakti, in her Durga form, is one of the ten forms that are revered during Durga Pooja or Navratras. In Indian mythology it is believed that Durga was born when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv, the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism, were troubled by the atrocities of the demon Mahishasura and even their combined powers could do nothing to stop him. It was at this crucial point that Durga is said to have been born from the anger and helplessness of these three Gods. She is hence believed to be the supreme power or Shakti.
There is also another interpretation of the image on this amulet. Some texts say it depicts the four armed Bheru or Bhairava - a form of Lord Shiva in his fearful aspect - together with his "vahana" (vehicle) - the dog. In his Bhairava form, Shiva has a trishul (trident), a drum, a dagger and a skull-mace (khatvanga).
The four smaller amulets capture Maa Durga in her various forms with the first one on the left of the central amulet being the one to capture the Goddess's feet, a revered tradition in the Hindu pantheon.
Interspersed between the ancient amulets are floral silver rondelle beads from Jaipur, India. They are a higher quality silver than sterling 92.5%.
A Bali silver hook clasp completes the necklace. I added the "Brave" charm in honor of Maa Durga and with a prayer that this provides strength to the wearer and serves as a reminder of the "Brave" hidden within her. (The charm is a silver plated lead free, nickel free alloy.)
The necklace measures approx. 18 inches from end to end.
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