Lord Hayagriva is an incarnation of lord Vishnu, who came to
recover the Vedas which were stolen by demons Madhu and Kaitabha and were hid
deep under the waters. It is the responsibility of this guardian deity to
restore all the knowledge at the correct place, hence he incarnated with the
body of a human and head of a horse symbolizing him to be a god of knowledge
and wisdom. Hayagriva is one of the unique avatars of Vishnu and is also hailed
as Hayasirsa, where ‘Haya’ means horse and ‘Sirsa’ means head. This bronze
sculpture of the Hayagriva avatar is an allure to the eyes; the way it is
carved in superfine cuts and folds induces realistic vibes of the divine.
Lord Hayagriva is typically depicted in white color, adorned in white garments and residing over a white lotus. As shown here in this bronze statue, he is seated on an inverted lotus plinth in lalitasana with goddess Lakshmi (his consort) seated on her husband’s left lap, holding a flower in one hand and the other postured elegantly a little far from the body. Chaturbhujadhari blesses the devotees with one hand and the other is placed in support of his wife. The two posterior hands hold the iconic Vishnu weapons- chakra and conch.
Both the deities are gracefully adorned in designer dhotis and a vest that covers half of their waist; embellished in precious jewels all over their body. Both the deities are glorified in wondrous crowns, sculpted in multiple layers, with each layer chiselled in a different pattern along with a stylized broch decorated in the centre. The sculptor has amazingly carved the horse face of lord Hayagriva, keeping in view all the minor details of expressions and shapes.
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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