Shiva Nataraja is depicted to provide his music as he holds a small drum, the damaru, in his upper right hand, which not only provides rhythm but also reiterates that it made the first sounds of creation. The beat of the drum is also considered to provide the heartbeat of the cosmos, the Maya. Shiva's upper left-hand holds the Agni, the divine fire, which can destroy the universe. Shiva's lower right-hand makes the Abhaya mudra gesture of blessing, which calms all fear, and the lower-left arm sweeps across his torso with the hand pointing to his left foot in the gesture of gajahasta, the symbol of salvation and liberation. Shiva's right foot is shown stamping on the dwarf figure Apasmara Purusha, who holds a cobra and who represents illusion and ignorance, leading humanity away from the truth. Shiva's locks contain a skull, a datura blossom, and a crescent moon. More prominent is the figure of Ganga, the goddess of the river Ganges, on Shiva Nataraja's locks.
Shiva Nataraja wears only a short dhoti, which is tied around his waist with a sash. The two ends of the sash billow to the god's dancing movement and reach out to join the ring of fire.
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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