Adorned with jewels and holding a Veena in her hands, the symbol of knowledge, Goddess Saraswati was lovingly crafted by devoted hands. Cast in bronze, she sits on an upturned lotus, a symbol of knowledge and truth. The hands that aren't holding the melodious instrument hold a book and a rosary. Brahma—the creator in the trinity of the gods who are responsible for this cosmos—felt baffled after creating this universe. He felt that there was no order in the chaos he had created and realised that he needed someone to help him organise better.
So, as a physical manifestation of knowledge and order, Goddess Saraswati sprang out from his head. She directed him about how the cosmos needed to be handled. She was thus responsible for the creation of the sun, the moon, and the stars. The turn of seasons and tides was discovered by Saraswati. She became the source of wisdom for Brahma and his creations alike. Those who venerate her do so in hopes of attaining knowledge that should be accessible to everyone. She is the goddess of spring times, which brings new beginnings and understanding of the world and it's mysterious ways. In this idol made in her image, she looks truly divine.
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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