Saraswati is the tutelary deity of writers, artists and poets and embodies the spirit of all fine arts. She is held in high veneration by the Buddhists and the Jains and the latter assigned her a specially honored place in hierarchy as the head of the Sruta ? devatas and the Vidyadevis.
On a rectangular base is an oval pedestal on which sits the goddess in padmasana i.e. in lotus posture. The graceful figure of Saraswati has multiple upper limbs. The front two hands hold the veena, representing music. The rear two hands hold a rosary and a manuscript, symbolic of learning.
The name Saraswati is sometimes thought to refer to the pool of knowledge. In this finely chiseled brass image, she wears a Karanda-mukuta (high-crown) and ornaments befitting a deity.
Her mount is a peacock or a goose (hamsa), a symbol of purity and knowledge. The pair of birds can be seen on either side of the image. The image itself is placed within a niche which bears the mark of outstanding craftsmanship.
On the day consecrated to Saraswati, books and musical instruments are cleaned, placed on an altar and worshipped as the abodes of the goddess.
This description by Renu Rana.
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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