Maa Durga, the epitome of the wrath of all
great Hindu gods according to Puranic traditions, is also the archetypical
mother for her devotees. She is the slayer of demons, but the eternal source of
maternal bliss and affection to all the beings of Srishti (creation). A rare
and aesthetically sumptuous representation of the universal warmth of the great
mother, this Panchaloha bronze Devi Durga statue reminds us that She is
Anandamayi- eternally harmonious, whose presence in your home will bring you
heavenly joys and tranquility, the kind a child gets from being in the lap of
Maa Durga in
this glistening bronze icon is regally seated on her Simha-vahana (lion mount)
whose flowing mane and gaping mouth have been perfectly captured by the maker
of this Panchaloha. Goddess Durga is in the posture of royal ease or
Lalitasana, with her right leg placed in her lap and her left leg dangling, the
sole refuge for those in pain and trouble. Devi in this bronze murti is in her
Ashtabhuja or eight-armed form, which she takes to annihilate the forces of
evil. Movingly contrasting with her warrior form is the heavenly delight spread
all over her divine countenance, where each feature, be it, the goddess,
Durga’s eyes, or her lips, seems to be smiling. A golden Karandamukuta (crown
shaped like an inverted basket), dehri or disc-shaped earrings, necklaces,
armbands, bracelets, and waistband adorns the angelic form of Devi in this
bronze Durga Maa murti. Her physique is wrapped in a delicate sari whose
multiple folds in this Panchaloha mirror the tenderness of a freshly blossomed
golden flower. The magnificent bronze Maa Durga composition is positioned on a
rectangular platform on which floral patterns are etched. With her left hand
firmly holding her potent weapon- Trishula (trident) and her right hand raised
to affirm fearlessness in her devotees, goddess Durga in this icon is the
exemplary roopa of a mother as protectress and nurturer.
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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