An intricate and celestial halo shines in bronze around the divine head of Goddess Saraswati as she sits on an upturned lotus, holding her veena in her hand. With a rosary in her upper right hand and a book in the upper left, she represents the entirety of the wealth of knowledge that is contained in this cosmos. If she had not emerged from the mouth of Lord Brahma, the creator, then the universe would have been disordered and in chaos as Brahma by himself had been having trouble organising.
The existence of the sun, the moon, and all the stars is attributed to her presence, her melodious voice leading Brahma to name her Vagdevi, the goddess of speech. In the traditional way of Hoysala art, her idol has been bedecked with jewels and an elaborate crown. She often holds a pot of water in her hand, which is also known as a symbol of the somaras she had rescued from the gandharvas once. It had been stolen by these celestial beings from the god. They had been infuriated. However, Saraswati reassured them that she could bring it back. She went to the garden where they resided and played her veena. It was so melodious that the gandharvas begged her to teach them the art. She acquiesced but wanted the return of the somaras urn to the gods, which was readily agreed to.
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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