delicately ornate image of the highest form of Mahadevi – Rajarajeshwari, or
the Tripura Sundari – is presented to us as a bronze ‘panchaloha’ sculpture
from Swamimalai. As the most significant aspect of veneration of the Shakti
cult, Rajarajeshwari is the primary goddess of Sri Vidya, a Mahavidya, and a manifestation
of the ultimate consciousness over the realms of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Rajarajeshwari
embodies the triumvirate of godly energies: ‘iccha shakti,’ ‘jnana shakti,’ and
‘kriya shakti.’ Moreover, as the Triupura Sundari or literally ‘the one
comprising all three citadels,’ Rajarajeshwari’s powers command the physical
world, the astral world, and the causal world.
detailed iconography comes from the Lalita Sahasranama. Rajarajeshwari has a
sugar cane bow in one hand and five flower arrows in the other - the bow represents
the mind, and the arrows represent the five senses, allowing her to shoot her
worshipers with ecstasy, leading to a blissful state of consciousness in which
one might become aware of the Absolute. The noose and the goad, as with other
deities like Ganesha, work in tandem – they ensnare her devout worshippers and
make them witness her command over the cosmos, while at the same time
benevolently guide them along the path of goodwill and righteousness.
made archway, framing her raised pedestal as a ‘prabhamandala’ behind
Rajarajeshwari, is topped with the motif of a ‘kirtimukha,’ and interestingly, is
also symbolic of the holy wheel or ‘shri chakra’ of her ‘yantra,’ an important
medium of meditation and worship in Tantric Hinduism.
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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