As per the tradition, Shiva is the highest of all beings. He is the first person to realise the
ultimate truth of existence and opened up the gates of the beyond for other people. It is Shiva's
spiritual legacy that is still continuing in many forms. Shiva has been used as a figure to
symbolise and illustrate different aspects of reality. Nataraja is one such form, where Shiva has
been depicted as the ultimate dancer. Unlike others, the dance of Shiva is complete, leaving
nothing untouched, completely immersing him in the act. Lord Nataraja, who dances on the
cosmic sound of his Damru, dances so intensely that only the dance remains, the dancer just
Lord Nataraja's dance is an exuberant manifestation of divine energy. That is why his dance is
also known as Tandava, which means destruction. Shiva's dance brings destruction to all that is
false and creates a new beginning. This beautifully crafted brass statue captures lord Nataraja
dripped in the divine bliss of his dance. The lord is illustrated as dancing in a ring of fire, with his
clothes and hair spreading all around him, signifying the intensity of his movements. The upper
two hands of the lord are holding a Damru (Shiva's musical instrument) and a flame of fire,
which establishes the lord as a dispeller of darkness. His two lower hands along with his slightly
raised left leg are completing his dance posture. Adorned with exquisite pieces of jewellery, the
face of the lord looks calm and serene as ever. As if unaffected by the turbulence of his
This form of Shiva is specially worshipped by those who practice dance and other performing
arts. They revere the statue of Lord Nataraja as their Guru (master). Besides the profound
symbolism that it carries, the sculpture is an exemplary work of art in itself, enough to
mesmerise the eyes that fall upon it.
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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