A contemporary bronze and copper head of the Hindu sun god
Surya, in a terminal at Delhi
International Airport. He traditionally stands for time, space and universal
order and thus the
lotus motifs and flames used here represent the
Solar Calendar. On the crown there are 12 flames symbolizing the months, and the
or flame at the top of the crown represents one complete year.
The gilded earrings show the
equinoxes for the summer and winter.
At the base there are rows of seven lotuses to represent
the 7 days of the week.
or halo on the rear
of the head is fashioned like a sun, as well as a jet
turbine, which has 24 blades or flames, that represent
the 24 hours of the day. The outer ring has sixty
smaller flames, that denote the minutes and seconds.