With its five hoods flared protectively over Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, Sheshanag, the king of all serpents, stays coiled underneath the divine couple, offering his tail up as their residence. He is Adishesha, the first serpent, whose very movement dictates the state of the cosmos. As he uncoils, the movement of time is forward, leading to the creation of a new universe and when he tightens up again, it marks the destruction of the cosmos. With all of its power, he is an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, who is the sustainer of the cosmos. He is the Supreme Lord, whose Dashavataras maintain the balance of good and evil on the earth when the scales tip in the wrong direction. He is the restorer of Dharma. He holds the Sudarshana chakra in his right hand and his shanka (conch) in the other. While the discus gives him immense power, the conch is often used during auspicious events as a marker of its beginning. Goddess Lakshmi sits in his lap here, always with him no matter the era or the avatar. She, as the goddess of wealth and prosperity, blesses her devotees with all they could possibly need to survive and thrive. They, as the divine couple, are inseparable.
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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