Karttikeya, Skanda, - the divine ever-youthful, firstborn son of Shiva and
Parvati is hailed in the Hindu pantheon as the destroyer of Tarakasur, the head
of Indra’s celestial army and the god of war. Born from the essence of Shiva,
cradled by Agni, supported by the mother-goddess Ganga and nurtured by the six
Krittikas, Karttikeya is the manifestation of the powerful supreme yogic
This grand white
marble Karttikeya murti is based on the idols of the god found in the shrines
across southern India, where he is lovingly called “Subramanyama” or “Murugan”.
He is the great Brahmachari- the celibate
one, one who knows the secrets that lie in the “Brahma-nada”- the primordial sound
“Aum”, which he teaches to his father, the Adi-Yogi, Shiva himself.
god in this magnificent white marble statue appears as a young commander-in-chief,
owing to the fact that he took to the battlefield only seven days after his
birth, defeated the demon Taraka, and relived the gods of his menace. The “Vel”
or spear in his hand is infused with the powers of Devi Parvati herself, accompanied
by which Kumara conquered not just Taraka, but every evil force he ever
of the white marble is justifying the heavenly beauty of Kumara, who stands in
the “Sampada-sthanaka” posture, with his body weight evenly distributed on both
legs. innocent and exquisite, his face is framed by the crown that Murugan
wears, matched in artistic grace by his ornaments- delineated using a golden
paint that complements the charm of the young warrior. The garland that adorns him
as well as the one that forms a floral aureole, are carved in a rounded manner,
giving them a realistic appearance. The white dhoti that Kumara wears has its
folds highlighted with symmetrical lines interspersed with a golden finish and curling
frills on each side that adds to the deific feel of this marble murti.
Karttikeya in his alluring marble statue holds a spear in one hand, while the
other rests on his waist, in the “Katihastha” mudra. With an angelic countenance
and perfectly balanced use of pleasing shades of pink, yellow, and golden against
the flawlessly smooth white marble, Lord Murugan in this idol is the definition
of the righteous hero, the one who does not frighten but protects.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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