A set of four discrete murtis of the members of Ramadurbar. ‘Durbar’ translates to court. In the court of the prince of Ayodhya, His brother Lakshmana stands to His right; to His left is the beauteous and faithful Devi Seeta, His wife. Kneeling before the tight-knit trinity is the devoted Lord Hanuman, the very image of divine bhakti or unconditional love.
Each murti in this ensemble is sculpted from panchaloha. Panchaloha is an alloy made from gold, silver, copper, zinc, and iron, a sacred concoction expounded in the shilpashastras (traditional Hindu texts on arts and crafts). Such a medium allows for rich detailing and also lends the sculpture that fair, golden sheen.
A Ramadurbar set such as the one you see on this page would be a fine addition to your poojana-kaksha (pooja room). Each statuette is poised on its own upturned-lotus pedestal, except for Hanuman whose one knee rests against a flat-topped plinth. The proportions of the Rama murti and pedestal are the biggest, followed by those of Lakshmana, Seeta, and Hanuman.
elegant coterie of ‘Maryada Purushottam’ – Rama, and the figures of Lakshmana,
Sita, and a kneeling Hanuman flanking him on both sides embodies the true
victory of righteousness and goodwill over evil. Emblematic of the divine
struggle presented in the 24,000 verses of the epic Ramayana, the court of Rama
is symbolic of the virtues of the ideal husband, devoted brother, all-loving
wife, and loyal companionship.
figure here – Rama, as the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, holds onto his
celestial bow Sharanga, while his other hand carries the ‘yogadanda.’ The
wooden rest, alluding to the ascetic exile that the figures had to endure,
allows its user to meditate with ease while counting the beads of the rosary.
Rama on the right is flanked by his dutiful brother Lakshmana, who stands in
the same iconography. Since Rama is an avatar of Vishnu, Lakshmana is said to
be a manifestation of Shesha, the eternal world serpent that is the primordial
devotee of Vishnu (several instances show Shesha supporting the resting
body of Vishnu – as Lakshmana strives to be for Rama himself, a refuge of rest
and relaxation). To Rama’s left, we have Sita holding a lotus. As the form of
Lakshmi, Sita is emblematic as a mother goddess, providing for love, purity,
abundance – and important to the epic, sacrifice. The Darbar is completed with
the kneeling figure of ‘Vayu-putra’ Hanuman performing a namaskaram in the
‘anjali mudra,’ the loyal and powerful companion that served every wish of his
the Ram Darbar image, cast in the ‘madhuchista vidhana’ bronze image, truly
iconic is that in these four sculptural images we see the prime philosophy of
Hinduism that calls for the union of the self with the Brahman – a union that is
remarked with the soul (Rama), body, (Lakshmana), intellect (Sita), and mind
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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