Mahishasura Mardini was an epithet given to Goddess Durga, when she killed the Buffalo demon Mahishasura. This demon waged a war against devas and as the asuras and devas were in conflict, Mahishasura gained a boon that no man could kill him which caused the defeat of devas. Therefore for the victory of good over evil, all devas combined their powers to create Goddess Durga (killer of Mahishasurmardini). This white marble statue aptly depicts the same with the Devi in action of killing the demon. The sculptor has beautifully carved the statue depicting each and every action, features and expressions in a précised and smooth carve.
Goddess has her one leg supported by her vahana, Lion and the other placed on Mahishasura’s lap, with the anterior hands holding the killing weapon, Trishul that hits the demon in his chest explained here with the red blood stains. Durga in her eight handed form represents the eight directions and holding all the iconic weapons symbolizes her presence in every direction to safeguard the worshippers. She is garbed in bright peach shade silk and gold treasures embellishing her body complement with the stylized gold haloed crown that glorifies on her long golden-brown hair.
The sculptor has given due attention while carving out the expressions of all the characters highlighting their inner feelings. The posture of Durga, Lion and Mahishasura are accurately formed with one over other, depicting Durga to be the supreme one who rides the ferociously formed Lion, who supports the Goddess in putting an end to the demon, who lies at the bottom suppressed beneath the Lion.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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