Lord Vishnu is one of three supreme deities in Hinduism. While Brahma creates and Shiva destroys the universe, the role of Vishnu is to preserve and protect the universe. Vishnu is infinite, that is, he has no start and no end, he was never born, and he is never going to die. He exists beyond the realm of time ever resting in the middle of mythical 'Kheersagar'. A whole sect of people are devoted to the worship of Vishnu as the supreme lord of the universe who are also known as Vaishnavites.
Lord Vishnu symbolises the eternity of the universe and its expanse beyond our imagination. This bronze statue of lord Vishnu is made using the ancient Madhuchista Vidhana technique (lost wax) by the brilliant craftsmen of Swamimalai. The statue which resembles the ancient south Indian depiction of Vishnu captures the lord in his full dignity and glory.
The four armed god is standing in absolute stillness with his upper two hands holding the Shankh (conch) and Chakra (his weapon), the symbols of Vaishnavites. While his lower left hand is resting, the right hand is blessing the devotees with utmost compassion. The lord is clad in Dhoti and beautiful pieces of jewelries. The delicately crafted crown is adding to the divinity of the statue. The face of the lord is ever calm and emanating grace and devotion.
This beautiful statue illustrates the eternal god in contagious ecstasy yet timeless silence. The grace of the divine feels ever present in the very presence of this statue.
Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals
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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