Goddess Pratyangira, also called Narasimhi, is a fierce aspected
form of Durga. She has the body of a woman and the face of a lion.
Various stories from the Puranas associate her with the Narasimha
avatar of Lord Vishnu. In the traditions of Shakti, goddess Pratyangira is
the Siddhilakshmi. In the traditions of Durga, she is the Purna Chandi, or
the fiery destructive power of the Brahman. The Atharva Veda proclaims
her as the Atharvana Bhadrakali, the goddess of magical spells. A
famous story in Ramayana tells of Indrajit, son of Ravana and a
legendary warrior, performing a ritual worship of goddess Pratyangira.
A ritual that if completed would have made him invincible. Hanuman himself had to interfere and disrupt Indrajit’s yajna to prevent this from happening. This beautiful brass depiction of the lion-headed goddess shows her riding a lion. A tall flaming crown adorns her head below the parasol of a five-headed snake’s hood.
She has four arms that hold a trident, a serpent-noose, a hand-drum, and a human skull. A garland of skulls adorn her neck. She is believed to be a powerful repellent of the malign influence of witchcraft. Because of her tantric associations, worship of Pratyangira, in full tantric tradition, is restricted and should be performed only under a Siddha guru proficient in Tantra. It is said that any act performed by invoking Pratyangira, especially the dark ones, like killing and subduing, are impossible to retract once initiated. Her worship is considered particularly effective for eliminating the influence of evil forces and is often performed during Amavasya, or the new moon night.
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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