The Silapaddikaram, an ancient Tamil text
mentions the goddess Durga as-
“You once stood on the black head
Of the wild buffalo robed
In elephant skin and tiger skin,
Now you stand, unwearied,
The sprout of wisdom, the Veda beyond
Vedas, adored by the gods.”
Eternally powerful, a form of Shiva’s beloved Parvati, goddess Durga as seen in this splendid bronze statue is worshipped in the Tamil country as the sister of Lord Vishnu, carrying his distinctive attributes- conch and discus. This bronze goddess Durga statue is a form of the Devi popularly known as “Vishnu-Durga”, owing to the association of the goddess with the Hindu preserver god.
Maa Durga in this Panchaloha bronze can be seen stately standing on a two-tiered pedestal, with its lower portion decorated with incised lines used to mark lotus flower, topped with a buffalo head that belongs to the demon-king Mahishasur, who was slain by the goddess, earning her the title of “Mahishasur-Mardini” or the slayer of Mahishasur. Turning her opponent’s head into her footrest, the goddess we see in this bronze Durga statue is also called “Mahishasur-Vijaya-Durga” or simply “Vijaya-Durga”, hinting at the fact of her Vijaya or victory over Mahishasur.
Devi’s posture is victorious, and her attire and fineries are queenly. Residing in this resplendent Durga bronze, the warrior goddess is victory personified.
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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