Om Kartikeya Vidmahe ||
Subramanya, also known as Murugan, Kartikeya, or Skanda, is the God of War and
Victory. Lord Subramanya is the embodiment of valour, wisdom, and divine grace.
Here, He is represented as an ever-youthful man who is accompanied by a peafowl,
called Parvani. Lord Subramanya is the philosophical warrior, who destroyed the
demons Surapadma, Simhamukha and Tarakasura and taught the pursuit of ethical
life. In his hand, the Soola Kathi, a potent weapon that pierces through
ignorance and obstacles, represents his valour and prowess.
trident (Trishul) signifies Lord Shiva’s power and the ability to destroy the
three impurities—ego, desire, and illusion. His left hand in Varada Mudra, the
gesture of granting boons, symbolises his benevolence and grace. The Abhaya
Mudra formed by his right hand signifies divine reassurance and protection,
offering solace to those who seek refuge in his divine presence. Lord
Subramanya is venerated during the festival of Thaipusam, where devotees display
unwavering devotion through elaborate processions and acts of penance.
Thaipusam is a Tamil Hindu festival
celebrated on the first full moon day. The festival is celebrated to
commemorate the victory of Lord Murugan over the demon Surapadman using a vel,
a divine spear granted by Devi Parvati.
Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals
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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