The word 'Kali' in Sanskrit is an extension of 'kala' which means time, the eventual devourer of all manifested existence. Kali is thus the annihilator of all. But, it must be stressed, this destruction is in tune with the rhythms of nature, as necessary to the dynamic cosmos as creation.
To fulfil her destructive purpose she carries on her self various weapons. Here two hands of the four-armed goddess are armed with a deadly sword and sacred trident respectively. The two left hands hold a severed head and cranial bowl of flames.
The flames symbolize the cremation fire, which is
the but the sacrificial fire that demands the ultimate sacrifice, namely
that of our own mortal bodies. The gruesome decapitated head is of course a
pointer to the fearsome nature of Kali.
Lithely astride the chest of her husband Shiva, Kali strikes a remarkable
pose. Her entire being reverberates with a triumphal poise. The necklace of
skulls adorning her upper body accentuates her naturally full feminine form,
while the girdle made up of human hands is her only lower garment.
It is intriguing why Kali steps on her own, loving husband. It is believed
that she once got so carried away in her own dance of destruction that the
resulting havoc threatened to destroy the entire world. Nobody was able to
calm her, not the gods, not the mortals, nor the demons. The baton was then
passed to Shiva, who commanded her affections. Observing that she was
blinded in her own dance of fury, not taking notice where she placed her
destructive step, Shiva lay down in the field of her dance, which is but the
entire universe. In a following moment, she stepped on the chest of her
husband. Though she realized her folly in a split second, the deed had
passed. Kali froze in an arrested moment of her dance, displaying a stilled
gesture of her rhythmic movements, and lolled out her tongue in shame, at
the realization of her gaffe.
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.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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