Abhishek Patra is a large tray that is used to bathe the pious idols or deities with holy water and various other ingredients such as curd, honey, milk, clarified butter, fruit juices etc. and this ritual is called ‘Abhishekam’. These trays come in different sizes, shapes and designs depending upon the number and size of the deities to be bathed.
The Abhishek Patra that you see here is made of brass and is rectangular in shape with fine finishing. On the tray of the Patra, the deities are seated, bathed, dressed and decorated accompanied with hymns, chanting of the holy names of God, and Sankirtan. It then opens into a narrow passage from where the ‘Charanamrita’ or the sacred nectar is collected in another metallic vessel. This nectar has a great spiritual significance; obtained from the Lotus feet of the deities, it is regarded as the elixir of life which has the potency of liberating the souls from the cycle of birth and death, and attain the abode of the Supreme Lord.
After being collected, it is then distributed to the devotees, who sip it from their palms. This Abhishek Patra is suitable for bathing small deities. Its body is carved out in different designs and patterns; the base is gracefully engraved with lotus petals giving it an auspicious appearance.
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.
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