Shiva - a living god - transcends all categories. He is existence - with all its paradoxes. Beyond existence, he is the indefinable absolute. Shiva, as Hindu mythology holds, is the destroyer of the universe. With snakes all around his body, ashes smeared on his forehead, long locks of hair etc.
No other Indian god is as intimately connected and profusely
associated with serpents as is Shiva. A cobra coils around his
neck, with it hood forming a protective canopy over his head. A
snake is symbolic of Shiva's sexual energy. This head of Shiva is
outstanding in the elemental power, controlled and concentrated,
that informs its every plane and curve. Serene meditation is
conveyed by half open eyes, their gaze steadied by reverberating
curves of lids and brows. The third eye, symbolically the seat of
the fire of destruction, extends across the entire height of the
forehead and is here, an essential part of Shiva's
The beauty of the image is pristine in every feature: the relief
of the five layered snake and the way it lies around and above
Shiva's compassionate face.
This description by Renu Rana.
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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