Goddess Uma-Parvati, the
third member of the trinity of Hindu female goddesses- Tridevis and the potency
of Mahadeva Shiva in her textual and visual descriptions represent the zenith
of wifely and maternal virtues. It is the divinity of her persona that inspired
the Tamil Sthapatis to create marvelous standing Uma icons presenting a form of
the great-goddess which is known as “Shivakamasundari”- a beautiful woman
(Sundari) who inspires passion (kama) in Shiva.
Maa Parvati’s standing
images, similar to the brass statue we have here, are often related to her role
as the prime audience to Shiva’s transcendental dance- Tandava. She remains
gracefully poised and still as Shiva moves, enriched by the Shakti (energy)
that is provided by Parvati herself. Enriching the actions of Shiva, enjoying
marital bliss with Him in his presence, and meditating upon Him in his absence,
becoming Uma for Maheswar (Shiva) when the world order requires the divine
couple to procreate and becoming Kali when the universe needs them to wreak
havoc, - Parvati is the ideal wife, whose only concern is supporting every
endeavor of her husband.
This roopa (form) of
Uma-Parvati is offered on an upturned lotus pedestal to stand on by the
sculpture on which the goddess remains, the very picture of femininity and
poise. Personifying the ethereal beauty of the blossomed lotus on which she
appears, this brass Uma icon fills the mind with a devoted appreciation of her
celestial beauty. Devi Uma-Parvati wears a conical crown embellished with fine
patterns and the Makara motif, earrings, a set of exquisite necklaces, Bajuband
(armband), Keyura (arm ornament), Kada (bracelet), mekhla (girdle), Nupur
(anklet). Beautifying her torso, this brass Uma Shivakamasundari icon has a
delicate Yajnopavita diagonally clinging to her body. Devi’s dhoti (lower body
garment) wraps her legs to highlight her graceful form, which can be better
appreciated on the reverse of this brass Uma statue.
Devi Uma Parvati’s
heavenly aura is captured by the sculpture in her visage, which is carved with
curving eyebrows, wide, almond eyes, a sharp nose, and full lips- features that
are derived from the Hindu ideal of feminine beauty. Goddess Uma has her right
hand in the “Katakhasta” mudra for holding a flower offering, while her other
hand dangles appealingly in “Lolahasta” mudra named after the curving tail of a
horse. Smiling inwardly in this brass
icon, Maa Parvati as Shivakamasundari enchants the whole universe.
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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