The saptamatrka is a set of interesting deities from the Hindu pantheon. They are the maternal manifestations (‘matrikas’) of seven (‘sapta’) Hindu devas; and, as divine manifestations, are distinct from the wives and companions of those devas. Devi Varahi, whose murti you see on this page, is one of the saptamatrkas.
She is the ashtabhujadhari (eight-armed) maternal manifestation of Lord Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The unusual aspect of Her throne, a gigantic lotus bloom, is how the base layer of the lotus petals spread about on the floor beneath. Note how one of the flattened petals cradles the tender foot of Her pendant left leg.
Despite the porcine face, Devi Varahi is no less in terms of symmetry of feature and the compassion of Her bearing. An engraved crown, a sun-like halo. Vaishnavite implements in Her many hands, especially the discus in the posteriormost right. A pure brass saptamatrka murti such as this one would be an unusual addition to the home or office temple of the Vaishnavite devotee.
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.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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