Goddess Pratyangira is a Hindu Goddess
associated with Shakti and is also revered as Narasimhi (divine energy of Lord
Narasimha). It is said that when Lord Narasimha (Vishnu incarnation) killed
Hiranyakashipu by tearing his chest and drinking his blood, he became so bloodthirsty that even Shiva’s avatar of Sharabha (bird-animal-human hybrid) couldn’t
Therefore to pacify Narasimha’s anger, Goddess Lakshmi incarnated as Goddess Pratyangira or Narasimhi to put the situation in control. Worshipping Goddess Pratyangira is an act of getting rid of black magic, evil doshas and enhance prosperity. The story behind Goddess’ unique name is that in ancient times, two rishis, Pratyangira and Angiras, while in their deep meditation discovered the Goddess through moola mantra and the Mother Goddess honored these rishis by naming herself as ‘Pratyangira’ after them.
As also carved in this brass sculpture, Goddess Pratyangira is always shown in a ferocious form with the head of a lion and the body of a female representing the union of Shiva and Shakti, hence also named as Narasimhi. The sharp curve of her torso and the finite bents of her legs are symbolic of her confidence in her actions. Zoom in to the face features for a realistic depiction of her assertive qualities, with the eyes protruding out and teeth grinding in anger. Referred to as the warrior Goddess, she holds her various weapons- trident, damaru, the serpent (symbolic of the serpent noose), and a skull bowl for the destruction of evils.
Lion is the king of the jungle, and this royal (rajas) nature of being superior over others, suites well with Goddess Narasimhi’s personality, which is why she is depicted as seated on a lion. Not to ignore the beauty of the sculptor’s creativity while carving out the lion’s wrathful face and the dense hair strands curved backwards.
One of the unique aspects of this sculpture is the four corners of the pedestal being occupied by the divine four apsaras, each flying with a garland of flowers in their hands as a heavenly celebration for curbing Lord Narasimha’s anger and saving the world. She is worshipped as a Mother Goddess who leads her devotees towards a path of self-realization.
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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