9" Dakshinamurti Shiva In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

9" Dakshinamurti Shiva In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

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The Dakshinamurti roop is a lesser-known form of Shivaji. Usually portrayed as the fierce performer of parlokiya tandava, the Nataraja, or the mountain ascetic steeped in meditation or the sacred householder with His wife and sons, the Dakshinamurti roop portrays the guru in him. During His years of wandering in the bosom of the young Himalayas, Shivaji stumbled upon groups of lesser ascetics Who beseeched the divine to guide them on their chosen path. It is said that He had sat down to impart His knowledge to them facing the South. This murti depicts Him towering above the student-ascetics, dispensing pearls of wisdom.
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Item Code: ZCZ52
Brass Statue
9 inch Height x 6 inch Width x 5.5 inch Depth
2.87 kg

A stylised tree throws some shade over the whole party, its silhouette sculpted with symmetry. Full-figured birds sculpted with masterful detail sit on its leaf-laden branches. Shivaji sits beneath it in lalitasana, the pose of royal ease, so-called because it is the way kings of olden days sat on their thrones. His left foot rests on the right thigh, while the right foot crushes a dwarf underneath (the dwarf is symbolic of worldly ignorance). A few necklaces grace His torso, while the arcs of the kundalas dangling from His lobes caress His collarbones. His posterior arms carry the damru and a flame, symbolic of the creation and the destruction processes respectively. In one of His anterior hands He holds the seat of knowledge, a book, and the other He raises in blessing.

Note how Dakshinamurti Shivaji is seated atop a mountain. A group of sages surrounds Him, absorbing divine wisdom from Him. Their palms are brought together in namaskaram mudra, a gesture of deep veneration. Note the temple top chignon on their heads, adding to the decidedly Indian aesthetic appeal of this resplendent sculpture.

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