A lesser-known deity of the Hindu pantheon, the Ardhanarishvara is an unusual entity. Ardhanarishvara is both deva and devi, the name being a portmanteau of the words ‘ardh-anari’, which in Sanskrt means half-feminine, and ‘ishvara’, which is the equivalent of god in Indian philosophy (sankhya and yoga). As such, Ardhanarishvara is a confluence: a confluence of the masculine with the feminine, of purusha (the energy principle) with prakrti (the matter principle). According to sankhya and yoga, this confluence is the fount of life as we know it.
The murti that you see on this page is a classical iconography of standing Ardhanarishvara, the fusion of Shiva and Parvati. The stance is of the tribhanga, which means that the body is jutting out laterally (‘bhanga’) at three (‘tri’) different junctures, namely the shoulders, the hips, and the knees. The right side depicts the chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) Lord Shiva dressed in a short dhoti and making as if one hand is resting on the back of Nandi. The left side is the dvibhujadharini (two-armed) Devi with a silken dhoti covering the entire length of Her limb and the sharper, fuller curves of Her torso.
The dark, almost coppery finish of the brass goes well with the long, narrow frame of the murti. There is an aura of sattva and mystery about the composition. The upturned lotus plinth completes the traditional iconography of the Ardhanarishvara.
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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