Beautiful Krishna, Radha, Nrisimhadeva And An Assortment of Dolls of Devotion
Posted November 17, 2006
I have just added the dolls that I have been making for the last several years to be sold on Natural Nirvana.com (www.naturalnirvana.com). A list of the dolls on Natural Nirvana can be found at this link: store.naturalnirvana.com/vegogodo.html Order directly from Rukmini by contacting her at: email@example.com or (352)317-1908
We make these dolls for people of all ages - from new born babies to grandparents and everyone in between. Our goal is to connect you to Krishna and his associates in a personal way- by praying to, hugging, talking to ,caring for, crying with, and even taking shelter of these dolls. How much I wish I had a Krishna doll when I was growing up to share my feelings. I invite you all to experience how fulfilling it is to own our Dolls of Devotion. They include Radha and Krishna , both smiling and angry Nrisimhadevas, Jagannatha, and many more.
About the creator- My mother Sevya Dasi is a sincere devotee of Srila Prabhupada. She served as purjari of Lord Jagannatha in the Los Angeles New Dvarka Temple for seven years. As well as being their head pujari, she made all their outfits . Having years of experience has helped her in designing all of our dolls and their outfits. We have Maha deity outfits that my mother remakes for our Doll's outfits. She is very diligent in making sure we make first class, quality dolls. We want them to last for generations. Our dolls are signed , numbered, and dated for authenticity and ,of course, collectible.
A few words from Sevya Dasi : " I make these dolls because It gives me satisfaction. While making their spiritual forms I spend my time thinking about Krishna's pastimes and get attached to them. My goal is to keep making these Dolls of Devotion for the rest my life , because they help me to develop love for my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and Krishna. These beautiful dolls are made of durable poly/cotton blend fabric, poly stuffed, and stitched with double seams. They are hand painted with fabric paint. They are easy to clean with a little water and baking soda. They are unique, one of a kind dolls and are entirely handmade with love.
Syama, age 20 says: I have childhood memories dressed as a gopi cooking for my baby Krishna Doll. There have been times where I have been so sick in bed, with him laying by my side, knowing that Krishna is always with me. Twelve years later and my baby Krishna Doll still sleeps next to me.
Mallika (daughter), age 19 says: To anyone who has sleeping problems, I encourage you to get a Nrisimhadeva Doll. For years I struggled with fear. I had nightmares so it would take me hours to fall asleep. The Nrisimhadeva Dolls my mother made helped me to feel secure and protected. I was able to overcome many of my fears. I am glad to know that the children that have my mothers dolls are so happy. My mother and Grandmother have continued their service for what it seems my whole life. I know that Krishna is very pleased with their service.
Mohini Murti(daughter), age 16 says: My favorite doll has always been my Radharani doll. When I was little she always gave me the feeling of comfort and protection. I would carry her around everywhere I could. In a sense she was like another mother or friend. When my mother couldn't be there to comfort me she always gave me that security a child needs. I loved the experience of having her and hope that other children will have the same experience too.
Father Satya Dasa and Mother Anutara Dasi from Costa Rica gave their son Nitai ,(a Krishna Doll) on his second birthday. Upon receiving Krishna , he started dancing and taking Him all over the house. He showed his new born brother Hari his Krishna Doll. Nitai wanted a blanket to put his Krishna to sleep. He wants to change His clothes every night and every morning. He says " Krishna is hungry, I need to give him food and milk to drink." He sits him at his table and feeds him. He helps his father to make chapatis and says, "this chapati is for Krishna!" When he sits down to paint, he sits his Krishna next to him so they can paint together. He takes Krishna for a train ride around the house everyday . Assistant Artist Jahnava Devi Dasi says: For six years, our Hanuman doll has been an important stabilizing presence in our home. On his sitting place situated between two bookcases exclusively full of all of Srila Prabhupada's original books and an altar to the maha-mantra, he appears as their great protector with his wide lotus eyes. When we have Bhagavad-gita class, I feel very happy that Hanuman is present to also hear our class since he personally resided on Arjuna's flag as it was originally being spoken. I am privileged to have been involved with Rukmini's doll project, helping her in various ways over the years and watching the project grow into the varnashrama cottage industry it was intended to be by Srila Prabhupada.
Krsna Dhama from Alachua says: I recently bought a Nrisimhadeva doll for my daughter Krishangi. Growing up, I had seen lots of children with them, but had never had a chance to own one myself. I knew that I wanted my children to grow up playing with such dolls. A lot of children that I had seen with the dolls had them nicely on stands. I wanted my daughter to be able to interact daily with her Nrisimhadeva, so I decided not to get a stand. My daughter has developed a very special relationship with her Nrisimhadeva doll. She won't sleep or travel without Him. Once, we were going on a family vacation, and, half-an-hour into the trip, she remembered that she had forgotten Him. She flipped out and made us turn around to get Him. Thank God we were only half-an-hour away! She also has a rigid schedule for her Nrisimhadeva, including getting up, feeding, playing, going to school, and going to sleep. He takes naps during the day too. While He is napping, she guards against anyone making too much noise that might wake Him up.. When we tried to explain to her that Nrisimhadeva is not a baby, she replied, "Well, He isn't any different from Damodara" . I can go on forever talking about her rasa with him.
I feel, and I can speak for my daughter as well, that her Nrsimhadeva doll has been the best gift she has ever gotten. I plan to buy more such dolls for her and for my new son. I like seeing my children growing up with Krishna conscious dolls. It beats any stuffed Disney character doll.
Syamalangi Devi Dasi says : Congratulations! It is a beautiful way to engage our children. My experience with the Krishna Dolls, is very interesting. My daughter has established a devotional relationship with her dolls.
Thank You for your dedication in this project that helps with the spiritual education of our children.
Amina Boussemha age 8, Alachua FL says: When I first got the Gaura Nitai dolls I felt happy. They are very beautiful. They are nice to play with. With the new Prabhupada doll we played like Prabhupada was here and that he was chanting Jaya Radha Madhava and that he was giving class. Thank you mother Rukmini for making these dolls.
Vaishnavi Devi Dasi says: At one festival, my son was drawn to Rukmini's beautiful devotional table and was spell bound .when he saw a Lord Nrisimhadeva doll he immediately held Him and begged me to bring Him home. Since I got the doll of the Lord for him he has been chanting Lord Nrisimhadeva's prayers about 5 times a day, shows him to whomever comes to the house and talks of His pastimes continuously. This is the best thing I could ever do to fan the flame of his natural love for the Lord in this form. I am ever-grateful to Rukmini Devi for this valuable service which fosters the growth of bhakti within the heart of our devotee children in a way that is natural and easy for them. Thank You.
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