Lamps and aaratis are typical features of an Indian temple. They give off prakasha (light) and dhvani (sound), respectively, both of which are sattva guna-predominant. They are integral aspects of ritual worship in Hinduism. The work of brass you see on this page is a handheld lamp, which doubles as an aarti implement. In obscurer temples of the South and the East, the priest is seen to be holding it in His hands and motioning it before the burning eyes of the deity. Each of the dias on this composite lamp has deep-seated bottoms (zooming in on the same would enable you to appreciate the depth as well as the uniformity of the handiwork). Their outer walls, miniscule as they are, are engraved with a bunch of angular curves, which testify to the skill of the artisan. Once they are filled up with ghee and the resting cotton wicks all lit up, one may hold it up as a flaming offering to the devi or deva. This is the aarti of Indian culture, a highly composite image when it comes to the interpretation of the trigunas.
The shapely base of this lamp is engraved with petals and tendrils, which is best appreciated by zooming in. From the same rises a narrow, wavey-walled stem along which are three concentric trays of dias, their numbers descending upwards. A singular dia on the top and a distinctive handle for the priest completes the composition.
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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