Lord Shiva in his Nataraja form is a classic example of him
being a creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe, focusing on the never
ending cycle of life and death. This blissful Nataraja stance of
Bhujangatrasita Karana pose, depicts Lord Shiva’s energetic and vigorous dance
form of Tandava, where he stands with his left leg up across his body at hip
level, right leg planted on the dwarf demon Apasmara, signifying that Shiva
overcome ignorance in this world, left arm parallel to left leg with the palm
facing down and right arm on shoulder level forming a 90 degree angle, blessing
devotees of abhaya. This sharp yet elegant posture represents the divine dancer
(Shiva) as if dancing the world into being.
The cosmic fiery aureole framed behind the blissful Nataraja is symbolic of the three worlds of heaven, earth and netherworld and it springs out from a lotus base, carved here in smooth edges and a deeply chiseled stylized halo. The posterior hands of Lord Shiva hold agni to destroy the universe and a damaru (drum), that has its first sound as a mark of creation respectively. Lord is ornated in purposeful jewels and has the glorified crown of sacred river Ganga, which flows from his matted hair.
You can’t stop yourself from praising the fine bents, curves and postures of this brass Nataraja sculpture’s limbs and torso. The professional skills and far-sightedness of the sculptor is clearly visible in the carving style of this Nataraja statue. The long hair strands stretched out from either sides are representative of the extreme power and energy of this dance. Each and every symbol of this Nataraja form of Lord Shiva guides us towards the credence that, to achieve salvation one has to believe in Shiva.
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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