Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Hindu Copper Temple Tokens Of The British Empire

 1 - obverse
 1 - reverse ( Hindu Monkey God - Hanuman )
 2 - obverse
 2 - reverse ( Hanuman with Scale )
 3 - obverse
3 - reverse ( Hanuman With Scale )

As holy items they are also called Ramatankas.  Temple coins which always depict the Devas ( Hanuman - one of them )  often include native scripts such as dates, names of local saints or names of the temples, goes back for centuries. In the early stage, they were minted and used as holy offerings but by the 1800's they were produced for sales at holy sites and temples as a source of income for the shrines and kept by the devotees as holy items that bring them luck and blessing.

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