South Indian Goddess Mariamman is considered to be an incarnation of Maa Parvati and is associated with rain, diseases and fertility. In Tamil, the word ‘maari’ means rain and ‘amman’ means mother, but here it is mother nature. She is worshipped by people to bring rain and prosperity to them as their vegetation is mainly dependent upon rain; she also cures diseases like cholera, small pox and chicken pox. She originated as a village goddess and gradually her worship went from Tamil Nadu to North to the rest of India. As per her usual iconography, she is depicted with a red-hued face and a red dress.
This beautiful young woman sits in lalitasana on her vahana, lion displaying her terrific demeanour with the wild mane of hair structured like fire; garbed in elegant and fitted attires, carved beautifully, and the multiple hands are symbolic of her extreme power. She carries a damru with a cobra coiled around it making the handle and a noose in her rear hands, while the anterior hands carry a bowl (kapala) and a sword respectively; ornamented gracefully, the goddess is dignified with a stylized multiple layered crown that is pointed at the top. A seven headed cobra, carved in the most enchanting manner rises above her head.
Carefully notice the perfect formations and curves of the sculpture and the realistic fearsome expressions and features of the lion, they highlight the sculptor’s immense skill of noticeability and perfection. The lion’s long and curvy tail is crafted in an artistic manner. The sculptor has chosen for a combination of dull golden and royal brown color for this brass statue as it gives a royal look to it.