Ganesha, the Lord of beginning and the remover of obstacles, is worshiped at the start of every propitious occasion and ceremony. Vignesha (Ganesha), the noble son of Lord Shiva, who is the performer of the cosmic dance known as Tandava, and Mother Parvati, the performer of the graceful Lasya, inherited these dance styles to perform enchanting dance. This is the reason why he is also regarded as the patron of arts and sciences.
This sculpture is made of bronze from Swamimalai. Here, the leader or master of the Ganas of Lord Shiva, Ganapati, has been portrayed dancing on a lotus pedestal having the head of an elephant and the body of a human having four arms; the front left arm lifts up in the air and carries a noose, the right hand carries his broken tusk (he has a single whole tusk and the other one being broken for which he is known as Ekadanta), the rear left hand holds a Laddoo, a sweet he is very fond of eating, and the right hand holds a mace.
His pot belly is adorned with a thick patterned gold chain over which two serpents are coiled. He wears a short length dhoti and a kamarband on the waist from which long pointed ends hang out gracefully. Lord’s left foot is on the pedestal, while the right leg is raised and folded inwards, which shows the ecstatic movement of his nritya.
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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