Rana Ranga dheeram, Rajiv Netram Raghuvansha Natham. Kaarunya
roopam, Karunakaram tam, Sri Ram Chandram Sharanam Prapadye”. Taken from
the potent Vedic verse- ‘Rama Raksha Strotram’ these lines mean- “One who is
pleasing to behold (abhiram), has eyes like the lotus (Rajiv-netram), is the
scion of Raghu (Raghuvansha Natham), is the personification of compassion
(kaarunya roopam) – in the feet of that Sri Rama, I take refuge.” Devotees of
Sri Rama, the incarnation of Vishnu, chant this strotram to gain Rama’s
protection. With a deep faith in their lord and pure love for him, they call
this verse- Rama Kavach, literally, ‘the armour of Rama’.
The hero of
the epic Ramayana, Rama is presented in this brass murti as Kodanda-Rama- Kodanda
is the name of his divine bow. Rama idols where his arms are upraised to hold a
bow and arrow, while he stands in the most elegant posture, were popularized by
the Chola bronze traditions. Here, Rama can be seen adorned with a jewelled
conical crown, and Makara (a mythical creature and symbol of beauty) themed
ornamentation- crown, armbands, earrings, and clasp of his dhoti (lower body
garment). A triple-strand sacred thread can be seen forming a knot just below
his resplendent necklace. A tiny triangle on the right side of his chest is a
Srivatsa- an archaic symbol used to represent Sri-Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu. His
bow Kodanda is a masterpiece in itself- with a sleek finish and peacock head
decoration on its ends.
The delicacy with which Rama’s fingers hold his
bow-arrow makes you forget for a second that these are powerful weapons,
capable of vanquishing entire armies of the enemy. The use of golden shade
against the greyish toned brass has created a heavenly effect, one that
justifies the angelic form of Rama as described in the literary works. Broad-shouldered and carrying a magnificent
tranquillity in his expressions- this Kodanda Rama idol is the vision of a
devotee for whom the answer to all their trouble lies in the lotus feet of the
great warrior of Ayodhya, Sri Rama.
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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