Medicine Buddha is also popular as Bhaisajyaguru among his followers. It is believed that he is the first doctor or the supreme healer who can heal any illness with his medicine of teachings. He made the twelve great vows on achieving enlightenment and is often represented in a canonical Buddha form. In times of pain, sickness, stress, meditating Medicine Buddha Mantra is the best remedy. He is represented as seated here in his usual lotus posture, spreading the invisible aura of lapis-lazuli colored light, hence also revered as the Buddha of ‘pure lapis-lazuli’.
He holds a beautifully carved gallipot of medicine nectar in his right hand and left hand carries the stem of the Aruna fruit or Myrobalan, placed between his thumb and forefinger. In Tibetan Buddhism, patient is said to recite the Medicine Buddha mantra 108 times over a glass of water, which makes that water blessed by the power of mantra and the blessings of Buddha himself and the patient has to drink that water, repeating it each day until the illness is cured. The perfectly carved features of his face- sleek pointed nose, half open eyes, long eyebrows, long earlobes and slightly smiling lips are a great attraction to the eyes.
He is garbed in a robe, inlayed with multicolored reconstituted stones placed in small rings all over the field and a dual shaded border that goes through his shoulders, arms and legs in an elegant manner. The slight golden carved touch at his chest and the borders further highlights the charm. Worshiping this deity, is a perfect way for purification of karma and for healing the physical and mental illnesses.
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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