This beautifully crafted bronze statue depicts Shiva sitting under a Banyan tree imparting
knowledge to the rishis(sages) who are sitting beside him in a state of pure devotion. Under his
right foot is a demon symbolising ignorance while his left foot rests on his lap. He dispels the
darkness of ignorance and brings clarity in the lives of his disciples through the fire and
scriptures that he holds in his upper and lower right hand. In his left hand, he holds his
damru(a musical instrument) and a garland symbolising the importance of devotion.
This bronze form depicts the lord in his complete grandeur and chastity. Having this statue
installed will remind the possibility of beyond that exists for every human being. A state beyond
discrimination, of ultimate purity and unity. The state that embodies the glorious magnificence of
According to Hindu traditions, Lord Shiva is the first being who realised the heights human consciousness could ascend. He represents the highest of possibilities for mankind. It is said that when he realised his ultimate state, he started flowing with bliss and his whole body was radiating with joy and peace. Recognising this, many people sat near him to receive what Shiva had known. But Shiva, being in a transcendental state, kept his eyes closed for years. Finally, on the date of Guru Purnima, Shiva turned south and accepted them as his disciples. Being their guru(master), he imparted to them the highest of knowledge mankind has ever known.
In Sanskrit, the word 'Dakshinamurty' means the one who is turned south. In this form, Shiva is revered as the first guru who opened up to mankind a dimension beyond their reach. That is why 'Dakshinamurthy' also means the one who is benevolent and compassionate. It is said that those who worship this form of Shiva are soon blessed with a guru in their life if they are worthy enough.
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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