This idol of Krishna depicts the Murlidhar form. Muralidhar is one of the most beautiful forms of Krishna where he is found playing the flute. This is a Panchaloha idol manufactured in Swamimalai, a small town on the banks of river Kaveri, in the Thanjavur District of Tamil Nadu. The Panchaloha idols are reputed to bring wealth and prosperity to their owners. The most dominant feature of this idol is the upper bun hairstyle of Krishna. This is a unique style where the hair is tied in an upper circular shape or bun and adorned with peacock feathers and gemstone headbands. This hairstyle is mentioned in ancient texts and was popularized by the famous 9th century CE tamil poet and saint Andal.
The evidence of common use of this hairstyle can be found in the earliest statues of Amravati and Nagarjunakonda dated back to the Satavahana period. Another striking feature of this statue is Krishna's half closed eyes. The face is made in a spherical shape with half closed lotus eyes. The half-closed lotus eyes have been used by sculptors to show the state of ecstasy. It also symbolizes the unison of Atma with Parmatma. Looking at this idol of Krishna brings immense joy to the observer. The image of him playing the flute fills the ambience with amity and devotion. This idol can light up an entire room with its presence. When decorated with jasmine garlands it will look as if Krishna himself has come to bless us with his divine presence.
Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals
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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