The Goddess images on the inside are abstract. They contain the essence of the energy but not the detail. The concept of abstraction is easy to understand if you think in terms of milk. Most of us in America get out milk from a store in a carton. That carton came from a Dairy or Creamery where it had been processed. i.e. homogenize and pasteurized. The milk was shipped to the Dairy from a facility that collected it from the farmer who milked the cow. There were a lot of middle men in this whole process of getting the milk to you. The farmer gets the milk from the cow. We get it from a store. If we were to describe our experience for getting the milk, each story would be quite different. Yet, milk is milk.
The Goddesses on the outside of the temple are like the farmer's story - rich in symbolic details. Since inside of the temple is the womb, Leela wanted to strip away the details but still have the qualities seeping through. Click on the names of the goddesses for more information on them.
Each of these images is 24 inches in diameter. They were made from the scrap lumber from the ceiling. Some are different from the outside images, some are similar.
Destruction of Evil, Transformation, Mastery of Time
Seed of Consciousness
Purity, Chastity, Independence
Sacrifice and going beyond the Mind. Conquering death. Control over the senses.
Protections from Evil