The epithet Bhogashakti refers to a specific stance of Devi Uma. On the pistil of an upturned lotus flower, poised upon a high plinth with multiple tiers, She sits with Her legs gathered in lalitasana. Her torso leans gently to the left, the left arm against the seat beneath Her supporting Her regla frame. The right hand is raised as if She holds between Her fingers a seductive lotus bloom.
Seductive, because the wife of Shiva assumes this stance moments before He proceeds to take Her (‘bhoga’). It is like She beckons Her Lord with all the strength of Her beauty and the essence of Her being (‘shakti’). Made using the lost-wax process - also known as madhuchista vidhana in the Agamas - such a murti takes months to be sculpted to perfection. Nothing short of perfection defines that gorgeous form, the expressive stance, and that lifelike countenance.
The characteristic colour of the panchaloha medium (mix of five iron-based alloys) adds to the solemnity of the composition. The gradient comprises deep ochre with a metallic glimmer, which in turn transitions into overtones of a moist, coppery green. Behind the crown on Bhogashakti Uma’s head, as long and slender as the whole of Her, behind the delicate nape of Her neck, is a miniature halo.
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