Krishna is the eighth incarnation of God Vishnu. His death marks the end of Dwaparayuga and the start of the Kaliyuga. He is one of the most popular of all Hindu deities and revered as a direct channel to God Vishnu’s celestial form. There are numerous stories sung of him and Radha, an avatar of Lakshmi, who is said to accompany him in all of his ten incarnations.
In this gleaming Panchaloha Bronze idol, Radha and Krishna, along with the other Gopis, are engrossed in Raas Lila; a celestial dance of divine love. A process of Bhakti, connecting our material spirits to the transcending vibrations of Lord Krishna, achieved through utter devotion. Raas Lila is a popular theme in many traditional dance forms of India, such as Kathak and Manipuri. Krishna is portrayed, in this beautiful panchaloha bronze piece, playing his divine flute, Venu. The bronze Krishna is dressed in rich ornaments; a keyur (armlet) on his biceps and peacock feathers on his crown. Radha’s expressions are of rapt attention. She dances to his tunes; her scarf swirling behind her. Her hair dangles in knots below her waist.
The idol is made by sculptors of Swamimalai, using madhuchistavidhana (lost-wax) technique. Both Radha and Krishna are represented in tribhanga posture where the body bends at three positions: knee, hip and shoulders. Their images are placed on the lotus pedestal, surrounded below by ten gopis, playing dholaks and dancing to dandiya. Radha and the Gopis are a symbol of unconditional devotion, bhakti, to the lord. Raas Lila finds a special mention in Hindu scriptures as a way to unite a devotee with the god; a path to liberation not through worship but through love and surrender
Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals
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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