A one-of-a-kind lamp that fills your home with light and sattvaguna. For centuries now, it is the norm in Indian homes to light a lamp when it is twilight. This simple ritual gesture is a symbolic one and, in this age, has very little to do with literal illumination. Lamp-lighting is akin to dispelling darkness, which stands for avidya (ignorance), and as such is a mark of vidya (awareness) and enlightenment. A lamp such as the one that you see on this page suffices just the purpose.
It is a particularly auspicious number. The presence of Ganesha-Lakshmi-Sarasvati, the divine siblings, graces the composition. At the zenith of a thick, ornately sculpted stem sits Lord Ganesha, seemingly emerging from the folds of a gigantic lotus bloom. Directly below the lotus is a continuous five-wick tray of lamps. From the midpoint of this stem a curvaceous length of vine juts out laterally on both sides. From either end dangles a miniscule tray of lamps featuring multiple wicks. Devi Sarasvati and Devi Lakshmi are poised at this point of the lamp. They are both chaturbhujadharini and, despite the scale, have been sculpted with remarkable detail - such as the distinguished limbs and faces, the veena in Mother Sarasvati’s hands, and the lotuses in Her sister’s. The intricate engravings along the central stem of this lamp would make this a unique item of home decor.
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.
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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