With the prabhavali arched gracefully around his body, Lord Ganesha is carved in his much-beloved, pot-bellied form with Mushak, his vahan, bringing an offering of sweet modak near his knees. Progeny of Lord Shiva and Parvati, he is the one, in the entire pantheon of divine beings, who is worshipped at the beginning of any auspicious moment—be it a wedding, a new home, or anything else. The story of his birth is one filled with several lessons and miracles. Parvati once wanted to take a bath without being disturbed, so she breathed life into the likeness of a small boy built with turmeric.
She gave him duties to guard the house and went to take a bath. However, while he was guarding, Lord Shiva came and demanded to be let in. When he was refused, he grew angry and beheaded Ganesha. When Parvati saw this, she was so angry that she threatened to destroy the cosmos. Lord Shiva, then, replaced Ganesha’s head with that of an elephant and performed a miracle that made him live again. His trunk is carved intricately by nimble hands in this idol, one he uses to destroy any obstacles that come in the way of his devotees. In his hands, he holds a noose, a conch, his broken tusk that symbolises his unending wisdom, and a plate full of modak which is his favourite sweet.
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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