Ardhanarishvara is that state of Shiva when this ultimate man, who is a symbol of masculinity became half-woman. This form arose when after Shiva and Shakti’s (Parvati) marriage, Goddess Parvati insisted her consort on experiencing that state where he is entirely within himself, so to fulfil her wish Shiva shed half of himself to fuse with Parvati, thus forming Ardhanarishvara; this form manifests that masculine and feminine are equally divided within yourself and if they meet, you are in a perpetual state of ecstasy. It is the divine glorious androgyne, worshipped dedicatedly in many parts of the country.
Shakti is on the left side and Shiva towards right, shown with combined expressions of happiness and joy; Ardhanarishvara is seen dancing in euphoria on an inverted lotus pedestal; Lord Shiva's dhoti is made of tiger skin and ends at his thighs, while that of Mother Parvati is heavily decorated and modestly extends down to her ankles also ornamented in high-end jewels that glorify Shiva’s divine self.
Depicted with three hands, where Shiva is shown with two and Parvati with one, suggesting Shakti’s lesser role in the icon. Shakti carries a lotus in her hand and Shiva holds one of his implements with the anterior hand facing downward in an elegant dancing mudra; marvellous structures and carvings of the long crown reminds us of the beautiful South Indian temples.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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