Ma Bagalamukhi is the quintessential tantric devi. She exudes great beauty, harmony, and vitality. She is hypnotic, and has the power to hold both mortals and the elements to Her sway. Her devotees turn to Her when they have evil spirits to ward off or success to be sought in mortal disagreements. Her temples could be found in the deepest recesses of the subcontinent, where Her devotees flock at especially trying times of their lives to seek Her divine intervention. Her usual iconography has a strong element of yellow, the colour of fecundity and vitality. Hence, each of the finishes this murti comes in has a distinctive gold-coloured tone complementing the rest of the shades of brass.
Her stance is determined and fierce. Her leg is raised; with one hand She seizes the asura (one of demonkind) by the tongue, while She raises a goad with the other. The pulling of the demon's tongue by Bagalamukhi is both unique and significant. Tongue, the organ of speech and taste, is often regarded as a lying entity, concealing what is in the mind. The Bible frequently mentions the tongue as an organ of mischief, vanity, and deceitfulness. The wrenching of the demon's tongue is symbolic of the Goddess removing what is often a perpetrator of evil. She is ready to bring down Her sacred goad on the head of the asura, who and whose kind stand for all that is adharma. He is on His knees before Her, a sword and a shield in His hands that failed to serve Him well. The slight bow of Her head gives away that She eyes Him ferociously as She prepares to strike Him. Her divine appeal has been captured with superb skill in this brass sculpture. Beneath the sumptuous gold crown cascades Her ample tresses down Her back. Her chunky shringar is layered over the sublime folds of Her saree.
What sets this portrayal of the mahavidya apart is the stunning aureole it comes with. Perfectly symmetrical, the thick brass curves are densely engraved, adding complexity to the composition. The parasol atop the aureole rounds it off. Note how the asura has been placed by the edge of the base, as if to indicate that He is outside the purview of the dharma She embodies.
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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