The Supreme Lord appeared as Narasimha Deva in Satyuga to protect His five-year-old devotee ‘Prahalad’ from his demoniac father Hiranyakashipu who was an atheist. Hiranyakashipu took a special benediction from Lord Brahma that he can be killed neither by a man nor an animal, neither outside his house nor inside, neither in sky nor on ground, neither during the day nor at night and not even by any weapon. The Lord very intelligently appeared at twilight in the form of half-lion half-man and killed the demon with sharp lotus like nails on His lap and rescued His beloved devotee. Thus, the Lord always protects those who take His shelter and always remember him.
This murti depicts the Malola Narasimha form among His nine forms. Here, the Lord is in a peaceful state as His divine consort Lakshmi Devi is seated on His lap. She is considered as the power of the Lord and calms His fury and thus, they are inseparable from each other. The Lord is seated on the coils of Ananta Shesha with five heads forming a canopy.
His left leg is folded gracefully on the Shesha throne and the four arms are holding different items; Sudarshan Chakra between the two fingers of the upper right hand, Conch Shell (Shankha) between the two fingers of the left hand, the lower right hand in Abhaya Mudra and the left hand resting on the left thigh. Lakshmi Devi, the Goddess of wealth, love and beauty blesses the devotees with both material and spiritual prosperity. Thus, this is the calmest form of the Lord.
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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