Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of learning, knowledge and creativity. She also guides the souls of the deceased to find their way in the afterlife. In the states of Bihar, west Bengal and Orissa, she is considered as the daughter of Durga, along with her sister Lakshmi and brothers Ganesha and Karthikeya. In Hinduism, she is worshipped not only for academic knowledge, but also for her divine knowledge required to achieve moksha.
Here she is represented with four hands where the left hand holds the veena (her instrument) and right hand plays it, symbolizing creativity and accentuates her concern for education as well as music; rear hands hold a book of wisdom and a parrot showing colorful splendor. She is sitting in a lalitasan posture on her sacred vehicle, Swan, immensely carved with proper minute textures symbolizing its ability to differentiate between good and bad. The snake (symbol of death) in Swan’s mouth shows, Saraswati’s control over death. Crown is formed like a temple with a divine flower shape aureole at the back, wears magnificent jewels and artistically patterned clothes adorned perfectly over her body. The smile on her face shows her positivity and the expression of her posture is flamboyant.
This is no ordinary murti of the Devi Sarasvati. This one stands tall on a quadrilateral lotus pedestal, and comes in two finishes such that befit Her divine glory. Her unusual asana in this composition is the peacock, which has been sculpted with great care. Zoom in on its lifelike eyes, the dynamic stance of its feet, and the complex engravings on its plumage to truly appreciate the skill that has gone into this work of art.
The gracious Devi sits in lalitasana on the wing of Her vahana. The veena She plays on with Her anterior hands is an unputdownable part of Her divine personality, given that She presides over learning and the arts. Her instrument is as tall and slender as She is Herself. From below the navel She is clad in a pleated silk dhoti, while a world of shringar clothes Her beauteous torso and arms. What further adds to the unconventional iconography is the parrot in one of Her posterior hands (She holds the pothi in the other).
The countenance is the most beauteous aspect of this murti. The ratio of the engraved curves that define Her features are perfect. Behind the joyous composure on that round face is a solid halo rimmed with lotus petals. A towering crown with the tip of a peacock feather at the forefront completes the composition.
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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