the feminine potency of Shiva and a form of Maha-Shakti, the primordial female
energy in Hindu tradition is worshipped in the shrines dedicated to Bhagwan
Shiva as the queen of his inner sanctum. An entire convention of Uma icons,
where the goddess luxuriantly sits on a lotus platform is dedicated to this
aspect of Uma, which is devotionally called “Bhogashakti”- the goddess of
pleasure, who appeals to the great ascetic Shiva, inspiring him into action that
results in the commencement of the processes of creation.
In this brass Uma statue, the goddess is placed on an upturned lotus pedestal which is kept on another square platform. With one leg folded and another dangling, the goddess is in the posture of royal ease, known as Lalitasana. “Lalita” also means the beautiful one, which does not even begin to describe the celestial form of Lalita-Tripurasundari- the beautiful one who is the most appealing woman in three realms (Tripura), an epithet used for Uma-Parvati. Her luxurious tresses are tied in a high raising knot, making a Jata-mukuta (crown formed out of locks of hair) with a Shirachakra (circular halo-like hair ornament) which gives her presence an imposing and deific feel. Goddess Uma’s divine form is sparsely decorated with fine ornaments and a Yajnopavita (sacred thread), an artistic trope used to keep the attention on the magnificence of Bhogashakti which needs no embellishments. The use of different patterns and carvings on the legs of Uma-Parvati reveals her delicate and patterned dhoti (lower body garment) that clings to her legs. Assured incised lines on the visage of this Devi Uma brass statue have helped the sculptor bring out the enchanting facial features of the mother goddess. Devi’s left hand is restfully placed on her throne, supporting the weight of her lithesome body, and her right hand is in the “Katakhasta mudra”- a gesture for holding the flower, which the beloved of Shiva offers lovingly to Mahadeva.
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.
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