Sri Ganesh, the son of Parvati and Shiva, following
the footsteps of his parents is auspicious and benevolent to the pure-hearted
and good, standing between them and the forces of evil. In his role as the protector
of the weak, Ganesh took many forms which are beautifully described in various
Hindu Puranic texts. One of these, the Mudgalapurana describes an episode of a
battle between Krodhasur, the demon of anger, and Ganesh, in a chapter known as
the Lambodara Khanda- the Khanda or part dedicated to Lambodara -the Lord with a
huge (lamba) belly (udar).
Arising out of Shiva and empowered by the boon of the
Sun god, Krodhasur began troubling the gods, who reached out to Ganesh. The
great elephant-faced God appeared in front of Krodhasur and proclaimed that he
is the master of all illusion and wisdom that is in the world. In his
protruding belly, Lambodara holds all the worlds and all the gods, whose
protector he is.
Standing majestically in this splendid white marble
statue, Lord Ganesh inspires devotion and surrender with his stance and form.
Adorned with a kingly crown decorated with a peacock feather and crescent moon, with golden lotus symbols on the trunk, Ganesh’s visage is heavenly. He is
four-armed, holding a goad, a trident, and a mace in three hands, forming the
Abhaya mudra with the fourth. Besides these, a bow with a lion emblem and a quiver
full of arrows with a lotus motif is a part of Lambodrara’s weaponry. He is
wearing fine clothes of beautiful orange and green shades, complimented by his
exquisite jewellery. The floral udarbandha or belly belt nicely embellishes his
expanded belly the home to all life forms. Mooshak or mouse, Ganesh’s mount,
devours a laddoo (sweet), sitting near the feet of his Lord. With compassion in
his eyes and authority in his form, this white marble statue has successfully
given Ganesh- the protector a spectacular illustration.
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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