Natraja is the visually breathtaking form of lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Here, Shiva substantiates those universal physical attributes as he gets engrossed in the mystical dance. Inside the infinite circle of fire dances the concomitant creator and destructor of the universe. The ring of fire symbolizes time, and space, whose continuous circle of collision and restoration dances in harmony to the rhythm of Shiva’s damru (drum)and the beat of his dance steps. In his upper right hand, he holds the damru, whose beat dance it the cadence of the passage of time and regeneration.
This magnificent handmade Natraja is composed of Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) as well as Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai that magnifies the appeal of the sculpture. We can see Nataraja swaying while staying immersed in the pulse of his damru. Standing on a demon, Natraja speaks of killing our inner ego, the negativity that stops us from following the life that we’re passionate about. His right uplifted foot on the other hand indicates the eternal blessings that he bestows upon his worshippers.
WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?
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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