Accompanied by a mystical bird beautifully attached to her pedestal, Goddess Saraswati is cast in bronze in the style of three Hoysala architecture, divine in her feminine grace. It was an artform revered by the rulers during the 14th and 15th centuries, distinguished because of its intricate earrings, pointed features, and elaborate crown.
On the fifth day after the onset of spring, Goddess Saraswati is celebrated across the land on the occasion of Vasant Panchami. While she is known as the goddess of knowledge, she also happens to be one with unmatched musical talents. In Indralok, the gods who lived there were fond of Somarasa, which emerged from the Sona plant and made them immortal. Some gandharvas (celestial beings who indulged in music) once stole the plant and invoked the wrath of gods. However, Goddess Saraswati promised to bring it back without a war or argument. With her Veena in hand, she visited the gandharvas in their garden. Without a word, she started playing with the strings on the instrument, creating music so pleasing that it charmed the gandharvas right away. Being interested in music, they pleaded with her to teach them how to play like she did. She agreed on a condition that the gods would get their plant back. Thus, everyone was content.
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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