Shiva is depicted as a four-armed figure dancing within a ring of fire, with his right leg raised and gently crossing in front of the body and his left foot firmly placed on the body of a dwarf. Shiva's back right-hand holds the damaru, and the front right hand is in the Abhaya mudra. The back left-hand carry Agni (fire) in a vessel, and the front left hand is held across his chest in the gajahasta, with wrist limp and fingers pointed downward toward the uplifted left foot. His figure is encircled by a ring of flames, the prabhamandala.
Shiva Nataraja's dancing with its rhythm and movement take on symbolic importance, with rhythm reflecting the pattern of the primal energy of the cosmos and movement reflecting the most primal act of existence with the belief that life is movement. There is a vast complexity to Shiva Nataraja's cosmic dance traditionally represented by 108 poses, but, only this four-armed version with the right leg crossing in front of the image represent Shiva Nataraja.
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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