Vishnu’s third incarnation as half-boar, half-human finds a place in a
multitude of Indian textual and oral traditions. While popularly, he is associated
with the story of Hiranyaksh and the salvaging of Bhudevi, earth-goddess,
Varaha in the Puranic traditions is an embodiment of the Prama-Brahma (the
primordial god, different from Brahma the creator).
Brahmanda Purana, one of the oldest Puranic texts tells us that Narayana (one who lies in primordial waters, a name used for Brahma and Vishnu), on seeing that the goddess earth was sunken in the waters, took the form of an animal who enjoys playing in the water- the boar, and emerged from the great sea carrying Bhudevi on his tusks or hand. In his Varaha incarnation, Vishnu materializes as the protector of the earth when annihilation strikes, thus the iconography of him carrying Bhudevi on a throne is often addressed as Pralaya Varaha (pralaya means total destruction in Hindu theology, imagined as a great, all-engulfing flood).
Varaha idol is a representation of the Vaishnava incarnation as Pralaya-Varaha,
victoriously transporting Bhudevi on his hand, in the confrontational alidha posture
(with one leg straight and the other slightly bent). He has a dark complexion,
a feature mentioned in many texts that talk about the magnificent fear Varaha
instils in the hearts of evil-doers with his storm cloud-like dark figure. Sri
Varaha is adorned with exquisite jewellery and Kiritamukuta, a characteristic
feature of Vishnu. He is four-armed and carries a conch and discus in two of
his hands. On his main left hand sits Bhudevi, his consort, and counterpart,
consequently known as Varahi. A
small triangle on the right chest of Varaha, known as the Srivatsa, is a symbol
for the goddess Lakshmi. Thus, appearing here as Varaha, Vishnu is accompanied
by both Bhudevi and Sridevi (Lakshmi). A small Naga (snake) figure below his
left leg is a representative of the creatures of the underworld, who thank the
great preserver for being the restorer of balance.
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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