An epithet of animals and the most industrious God figure, Pashupatinath or most popularly Lord Shiva heeds the piteous cries of the needy. This lord of animals and the masculine counterpart of Shakti stands in a distinct posture on a naturally carved double lotus pedestal with the Left leg slightly bent and body curvature in an elegant tilt supported by stick straight right leg. This shiny color combination of brown and mild green enables a creamy awe-struck view to the eyes.
He is the father of all with the typical iconography of four hands where the frontal pair is placed in an elegant stylized mudra and the rear pair carries a battle axe and an antelope respectively. His worthiness and unpredictability allows him as the one who leads the flock to create an example and not act pricey when approached.
The famous Pashupatinath temple built on his name is one of the oldest revered temples in Kathmandu and gained great fame in Nepal as Pashupati, the Lord of all pashus, living or non-living. This deity is the controller of religion, art and culture together; ornamented graciously in a short loin dhoti wrapped as a fitted garment adoring his beauteous body; the long supremely carved crown reminds us of the great south Indian temple structures.
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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