With a tapered waist and hands poised with utter grace, the idol of Devi Uma, the epitome of the feminine energy of Shakti, sits beautifully on a pedestal. Often known by her more popular name Parvati, she is the Goddess who rules over all three realms of existence (triloka). Her hair is piled atop her head in a jatamukuta (crown made of hair), framed by the bejewelled crown. Her divine feet do not touch the ground, remaining unsullied by the world's sins.
When Lord Shiva's first wife Sati had immolated herself for the insults directed towards her husband, he had gone into deep meditation to help with his grief. However, Sati reincarnated into the truly magnificent form of Uma, who brought him out from his meditation and into a blessed reunion of the divine couple. She was born in the mountains of the Himalayas, referred to as the daughter of the mountains. She goes on to take multiple forms where she blesses her devotees and slays demons. Crafted in bronze by using the lost wax art form via deft hands, Devi Uma here stands in the garb of a true queen, sitting regal and proud. In her alluring form, she is the perfect companion to Lord Shiva.
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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