splendid brass Vishnu murti is the ideal example of Indian iconographic beliefs
about sacred imagery. For long it was believed that Indians pay little
to no heed to the external form of images and were focused solely on using them
as a medium in religious functions. This claim has been proven false by
innumerable idols and religious art that is rich in spiritual meaning and fine in appearance.
Here we have
the protector Lord of the Universe, Vishnu sitting royally on the coils of
Adishehsa. One can imagine him ruling from the Vaikuntha (his heavenly abode)
in this form. Lord Vishnu’s head is flanked by the Adishehsa, a snake that
represents Kaal or time. Vishnu by resting on its coils hints that he is in
control of the smooth passage of time, he is the master of every occurrence.
The regal Kiritamukuta adorns Vishnu’s head, its conical shape giving the god
an imposing look. The U-shaped tilak on his head is an auspicious Hindu
attribute. Vishnu’s face appears extremely tranquil, signaling that the lord is
in a deeply introspective state. In his ears are the Makarakrit kundal
(fish-shaped earrings), a quintessential Vaishnava feature. In his right upper
limb, Vishnu holds his Sudarshana Chakra (discuss), which is used to destroy
any evil force trying to hinder the balance of nature. The Panchajanya shankh
(conch) is held in the upper left limb, an attribute symbolizing the beginning
of creation, blown before the commencement of any fortunate activity. Lord
Vishnu’s left-hand rests on his Kaumudaki Gada (mace) symbolizing his strength
in physical or spiritual matters. The lord of all creations sits in the
Lalitasana or the posture of royal ease, with his left leg placed on a newly
sprouted lotus flower. The lotus symbolism has been associated with the group
of divinities related to water, auspiciousness, abundance, and creation. Lotus
is also a symbol of purity since it blooms in muddy water yet remains
untainted. Lord Vishnu like the lotus remains invested in the matters of the
world while remaining aloof.
are taken by the artist to carve the folds of lord Vishnu’s dhoti, the coils, and
scales on Adi Shesha’s body, the angelic visage of the Lord, which together, have brought life
into this elegant brass Vishnu idol.
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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