Chiseling a rock in to an artistic piece meant for him imbibing ‘spirit’ in to the stone, satisfying the demands of both religion and art.
According to ‘Shilpa Shastra’, there are three kinds of stones, they are masculine, Feminine and neutral depending on their sound and colour. Male stone produce the tinkle of bronze bells when tapped while female stones produce the tinkle of bass quality. The neutral produces dull sound. Male stone is the best for carving main deity. Female stone is for Goddess. Neutral stone is for the pedestal.