Lord Vishnu, along with Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma, forms the divine triad
called ‘Trimurti’, and preserves and maintains the entire universe. He is
considered as the predominating deity of Rajas Guna (mode of passion). The allpervading Lord is present in all the living entities as the ‘supersoul’. He resides
in His transcendental abode known as Vaikuntha lying on Ananta Shesha in the
ocean of milk accompanied by His divine consort Lakshmi.
In this handmade sculpture, Bhagawan Vishnu is depicted in a standing pose atop a pedestal designed in the shape of lotus petals, the base of which is double-layered. He is wearing a beautiful crown on the head, dressed with a silk embroidered dhoti, and adorned with gold ornaments. He is decorated with a tilak called Urdhva Pundra on His forehead. Chatur-bhuja Vishnu holds the Sudarshan Chakra between the two fingers of His upper right hand. The divine chakra symbolizes the restoration of dharma with war against the adharmees.
A conch shell between the two fingers of His upper left hand represents the cycle of birth and death in the material world. In the lower left hand, a club (gada) has been held, which symbolizes the power of spiritual wisdom and intelligence, through which the jivas attain moksha. Finally, the lower right hand shows the gesture of Abhaya Mudra for the assurance of His devotees to be fearless.
WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?
Bronze is a metal alloy that has the primary composition of Copper and Tin. There is also an addition of other metals such as Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and some non-metals such as Phosphorus. This composition of several metals and non-metals makes Bronze an extremely durable and strong metal alloy. It is for this reason that Bronze is extensively used for casting sculptures and statues. Since Bronze has a low melting point, it usually tends to fill in the finest details of a mould and when it cools down, it shrinks a little that makes it easier to separate from the mould.
" If you happen to have a bronze statue, simply use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or any other natural oil to clean the statue. "
A village named Swamimalai in South India is especially known for exceptionally well-crafted Bronze icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The skilled artisans of this place use Panchaloha Bronze for casting the icons. Panchaloha Bronze is made of five metals; Copper, Zinc, Lead, and small quantities of Gold and Silver. Zinc gives a golden hue to the finished figure and Lead makes the alloy softer for the easy application of a chisel and hammer. The common technique for producing these statues and sculptures is the “Lost-wax” method. Because of the high durability of bronze sculptures and statues, less maintenance is required, and can still last up to many decades.
Exotic India takes great pride in its collection of hand-picked Panchaloha Statues. You will find the murtis of Gods (Krishna, Hanuman, Narasimha, Ganesha, Nataraja, and Kartikeya) and Goddesses (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, and Parvati), and Buddha statues. You can also buy Ritual paraphernalia (Wicks lamp, Puja Kalash, Cymbals, and Puja Flag) on the website. All these statues and items have been made with a lot of care and attention, giving them a flawless finish. Their fine carving detail represents the rich tradition of India.
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