Maya, the mother of Siddhartha who became Buddha or
the Enlightened One is revered as Maha Maya (the great illusion) or Maya Devi
(Queen Maya) in Buddhism. The name ‘Maya’ in Hinduism, as well as Buddhism,
means ‘illusion’, however, in the context of Mahayana and Tantric Buddhism,
Maya encapsulates all the qualities of the divine motherhood and is worshipped as
the protector of mothers and progeny.
A popular depiction of Maya, this brass murti shows
her standing in the Lumbini groove where she is said to have birthed
Siddhartha. A Sal tree, usually shown as her support is missing from the scene.
Instead, Maya’s raised hand is in the Shuni Mudra, a gesture of patience,
hinting at the labour pains she is facing and her unshakable endurance. As the
protectress and provider of children, Maya is always seen as a youthful maiden,
with exquisite features and godly ornamentation. Her crown, jewellery, and the
patterns of her dress clearly tell the place of the origin of her imagery-
Tibet. Maha Maya with her left hand, forms the Vitarka mudra, a gesture that
symbolizes enlightenment, discussion, and the spread of Buddhist knowledge. The
heavenly brass idol of Maya stands on an upturned lotus flower pedestal.
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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