Lord Ulagalantha Perumal is how Vamana is worshipped in South India. The dwarf avatara (earthly incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, He is known to have tested the humility of King Mahabali and rewarded Him with immortality. The murti that you see on this page is the traditional iconography associated with this one-of-a-kind Vishnu avatara.
On the head of the great King stands the Lord. By assuming gigantic proportions, He had wrested from Mahabali both paraloka and ihaloka by the mere tread of His two feet. Because it put Mahabali at a loss as to how to fulfill his promise of three paces of space to the deceptive Vamana, He offered to the Lord his head instead. This murti captures that moment of mutual victory between deva and daitya.
Fashioned from the medium of panchaloha, a careful blend of five iron-based alloys, it depicts the glory of Ulugalantha Perumal. Ashtabhujadhari (possessed of four arms), one leg raised high by the side as if in the midst of a complex dance routine. A tall crown, and a slender body. Both the faces of Ulugalantha Perumal and Mahabali have been carved with perfect symmetry and aesthetic detail.
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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