Once upon a time, there lived a man named Mukundananda with his wife, and their son called Raghunanda. Usually, it was Mukundanada who would offer food to Lord Krishna before any meal time as is custom. However, he had to attend to a disciple who was on his death bed so he passed on the responsibility to his son. Raghunanda took the plate of ladoos and went in. He pleaded with the lord to eat the laddoos. However, when nothing happened, he began to cry. The lord appeared in front of him in the form of a child and asked why he was weeping. He explained that his mother had told him the Lord would eat the offerings but that hadn’t happened and so he was upset.
The lord thought for a moment and began eating the offered laddoos. When he kept taking empty plates back, his father thought to check on him the next time he went in. He saw the lord eating laddoos and gasped. Hearing him, the lord turned back into stone, a half ladoo ijn his hand. Thus, a benevolent smile and a ladoo in his hand—such is the appearance of this bronze cast idol of Lord Krishna as a crawling infant. His face holds utter innocence as he lies there, hair piled up on top of his tiny head.
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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