Framed by a kirtimukha (face of glory) prabhavali, which symbolises Lord Shiva himself, and sitting on a fierce lion, Devi Pratyangira radiates divinity. Also known by the name Narasimhi (one with the head of a lion), she is the consort to Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Many tales are attributed to this goddess who is one of the physical manifestations of Shakti, the primordial energy.
When Satya Yuga came to its destined end, the energy shone from the cosmos and turned into a demon named Vipulaasura. At that moment eight rishis were praying to Ashtalakshmi (Eight Lakshmis) and Vipulaasura decided to disturb their rituals, successfully angering the goddess. In order to protect her devotees, she took a lotus flower in her divine hands and turned it into a shield to protect the rishis so they could pray in peace. Then, she herself transformed into Narasimhi and slayed Vipulaasura. Devi Pratyangura had been given a boon by Shakti herself that she could not be defeated by any deity. For this, when her followers invoke her name, they too ask for triumph over their difficulties. Here, she is protected under the hood of Sheshanag, who is the residence of Lord Vishnu, furthering the attachment between the two deities.
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.
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