Maa Lakshmi in the Hindu pantheon is the idealization of the
divine feminine as “Daayini”, the giver. Her aashirvaad (boon) is the
prerequisite for attaining dharma, artha, kama, and moksha, the four cardinal
goals of human life. Carrying such profound spiritual values, a Maa Lakshmi
statue is sculpted with the utmost reverence and keeping in mind the rules of
her iconography as per the ancient texts. This brass Kamalasana (she who is
enthroned on a Kamala or lotus) Maa Lakshmi murti is a popular form in which
the goddess is worshipped across India. Devi has a Karanda mukuta (inverted
basket-shaped crown) on her head, Kundala (dangling earrings), rows of
necklaces, bracelets, and a floral garland beautifying her divine presence.
Simple incised lines are used on the sari of Maa Lakshmi which appears
magnificent due to its metallic luster and contrasting silver ornamentation.
Devi Lakshmi holds two lotuses in her secondary hands while her primary right
hand is in the Abhaya Mudra (gesture of fearlessness) and her left hand is in
the gesture of disseminating riches, on which three gold coins are to be seen,
symbolizing the perennial flow of riches that the goddess brings. Devi
Lakshmi’s otherworldly beauty is masterfully brought out in her visage that
shines as if from within. A bindi (auspicious dot) and Vesara (nose ring)
further the allure of her countenance, on which the artist has managed to
crystalize a riveting smile.
In a Hindu household, having a goddess Lakshmi statue in the
Pooja-ghar (place of worship) is a way to bring auspicious energies into the
home. Using ritually prescribed methods, this small goddess Lakshmi statue can
be evoked with aavahana (calling the goddess to the home), aasana (providing
her a place to reside), pada-prakshalana (washing the feet), snana (bathing the
icon), vastra (offering fineries), kumkum tilak (auspicious mark on the
forehead and feet), dhoop (incense), deepa (lamp), and naivadiyam (food). In
this manner, Maa Lakshmi is established in a home where her presence ensures a
flow of propitiousness, fertility, abundance, happiness, and positivity. A
durable and divine statue, this brass Lakshmi icon allows you to devotedly
perform the pooja and invite the great-goddess to stay in your home and heart.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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