This simple tray is known as Abhishek Patra because it is used for carrying out a ritual called “Abhishekam”, which is a type of devotional service rendered unto the deity of a God or Goddess. This ritual is considered very important and auspicious in our Vedic culture and tradition as it purifies our consciousness and mind, and ultimately pleases the Lord.
Abhishek Patras come in different shapes, sizes and designs. This one is a large-sized Patra made of brass with no design, suitable for up to three small deities to be worshiped at the same time. The deities are placed on the tray and bathed with various liquid ingredients such as honey, milk, yogurt, clarified butter, holy water, rose water and fruit juices along with chanting of their holy names and recitation of specific hymns. Several fragrant flower petals are also showered upon the deities. These are showered as an offering onto the lotus feet of the Lord. An outlet has been designed on the tray which allows all the liquid offerings to pass through it into a separate vessel in which they are collected and mixed. The mixture thus obtained is distributed among the temple guests. After the Abhishekam is done, the deities are dressed and adorned with beautiful ornaments.
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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