The fourth Avatar (incarnation) of the supreme god Vishnu, Lord Narshimha is a widely
worshipped and very prominent deity in the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism. Often depicted
with the torso of a human and the face of a lion, he is a fierce god who is also known to be a
great protector of his devotees. In Sanskrit, the word 'nar' means human and 'simha' means lion
signifying lord Narshimha as half human - half lion.
As per the legends, Lord Narshimha appeared to protect the earth from the tyranny and atrocities of Asura (demon) Hiranyakashipu. He had gained a boon due to which he could neither be killed in the day, nor in the night, neither with hands, nor with weapons, neither by humans, nor by animals, neither in the ground and nor in the sky, and many other such conditions. Fulfilling all these conditions, the half-human half-animal god killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk on his lap using his nails. Thus, the lord protected his devotees and established the Dharma (the law of truth) again. The story signifies that even if evil tries its way to establish dominance, the forces of godliness prevail over all.
This beautiful bronze statue captures the fierce lord in his tranquil serenity. Made using the ancient Madhuchista Vidhana technique (lost wax), the great sculptors of Swamimalai have just invoked life in this vibrant statue. The lord is sitting on a slightly raised platform with her consort Devi Lakshmi on his left side. Both the lord and the Devi are draped in beautiful clothes and exotic pieces of jewellery adorning their body. The mukut(crown) of both the lord and Devi is a shining example of exquisite art. Lord Narshimha is holding the Shankh (Conch) and Chakra ( a weapon) in his upper hands, which are also the symbols of Vaishnavite tradition. While his lower left hand is adoring the Devi, the right hand is in the blessing gesture. His face is calm and emanating grace and solitude.
Contrary to his fiery nature, this statue gives expression to the inner glory of the lord in his ever blessing beatitude. Seeing this statue will remind one of the protection the truth always receives from the almighty lord.
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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