Prime Minister Modi presents his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida with a ‘Krishna Pankhi’ – Reuters

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, who is on an official visit to India, with a ‘Krishna Pankhi’, a sandalwood artifact made in Rajasthan with intricate workmanship with its windows depicting different poses of Lord Krishna, embodying love, compassion and tenderness.

Sharing details, official sources noted that the ‘Pankhi’ is intricately carved with traditional tools and has a hand-carved figure of a peacock on top, the national bird of India.

It has a small ‘ghungaroo’ (small traditional bells) on its edges which move with the wind and has four concealed windows with more intricate carvings inside.

The intricate sandalwood carving is made with precision by master craftsmen from Churu in Rajasthan, who carve the already awe-inspiring sandalwood artifact into a beautiful and elegant masterpiece.

This artifact is made of pure sandalwood, which grows mainly in the forests of southern India. It has hand carving with traditional “jali” patterns.

Sandalwood is known for its distinctive scent which has been highly valued for centuries as it remains for decades.

In India, sandalwood is also used as a worship material and for its medicinal properties.

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