OLD SILVER GUNDGURDGI SACRED SYMBOL NECKLACE (AYIGALU)
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This old tribal chain is terminated by an unusual pendant, a Lingam or Shivadhara, and has story behind it. These necklaces were designed as containers to hold a sacred lingam stone representing the god Shiva. Lingayats are a Hindu group who believe that Shiva is the only diety, rather than the the 3 gods revered by other Hindus. They also believed that the sacred presence of Shiva was not simply confined to the temple, but that it could be held in these necklaces for personal connection to the god. The necklaces were often worn over the should to one side, or hanging from the neck as a standard necklace. The indigenous people of India have handcrafted beautiful silver jewelry for centuries. They still use hand wrought methods as their predecessors did hundreds of years prior. This necklace is sterling. The chain measures 24" long, and the overall length including the ornament is 25-1/2". The ornament is approximately 2 X 2 X 2". It weighs 57.9 grams. With its unusual heritage, this is quite a conversation piece, is circa early 1900's, and is in good vintage condition.