Gayatri represents the Vedamata, the mother-goddess of the four Vedas as well
as the first mantra which was composed in the Gayatri Chanda or meter. Maa
Gayatri is the amalgamation of the divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
She is the Shakti of the trinity known as Gayatri, the embodiment of Rig Veda
with Brahma, Savitri, the goddess of Yajurveda with Vishnu, and Saraswati, the
goddess of Samaveda with Rudra-Shiva. Besides the trinity, Gayatri is also
described as the consort of Savitr, a form of Surya, the solar deity.
The process of Gayatri’s transformation from a mantra to an almighty goddess with a multiplicity of equally powerful male counterparts can be understood from a myth mentioned in the Hindu Vedic texts. According to this story, when invoked by the Devas (gods) the Gayatri meter transformed into a magnificent golden bird or Suparna and brought the Soma, the elixir of immortality to the Devalok (home of gods). What this Vedic account highlight is the powers of Gayatri, her ability to grant the boon of immortality as the manifestation of the potent Gayatri mantra. The survival of the Gayatri mantra as arguably one of the most popular mantras in the modern Hindu household says a lot about the might of the Veda Mata. In this
large bronze Swamimalai sculpture, goddess Gayatri is shown as a beautiful
young woman, sitting in the Lalitasana (posture of imperial ease) on a lotus
seat placed on a square, two-tiered platform. Her multiple heads are adorned by
regal crowns, while the main head has the crescent moon placed over the Kiritamukuta.
A set of bejewelled Ratna Kundala hang from Devi’s ears, jewelled strings sit
over her fine shoulders, and armlets in the shape of peacock feathers decorate
her arms. A number of necklaces can be seen on the goddess’s torso, with a long
necklace falling over her rounded breasts that are held together by an
embellished kuchabandha or breast band. A thin Channvira highlights the
delicate shape of her waist, followed by an embossed Kayabandha (waistband).
Devi Gayatri wears a fine dhoti that clings to her shapely legs and is decorated
with a variety of floral motifs all over. The Shakti or power of the Trinity
and manifestation of the Gayatri mantra, Devi holds the ayudhas (weapons)
belonging to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in her 10 hands. From left to right, she
carries a Gada (mace), kapala (skull cap), a lotus, Chakra (discus), Shankha
(conch), Ankush (goad), Kasa (whip), and a Japa mala (rosary). Her main hands
decorated with auspicious signs are raised in the Abhaya and Varada mudra (the
gestures of fearlessness and dissemination of boons respectively). A
magnificent Prabhavali, the divine aura surrounds the bronze murti, graced by
the presence of the mythical Kirtimukha- the face of glory, showing the demon
eating its own tail. Prabhavali over the goddess signifies the eating away of
one’s own existence and the ego that originates from it in order to reach the
highest knowledge and attain moksha. An incarnation of the combined powers of
the Trideva and Tridevis- Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and Parvati, Gayatri is equal to
Mahadevi or Durga, the visible form of Prakriti, the female energy that runs the
world. The mother-goddess whose name cleanses the soul of all its sins and
guides her on the path of illumination, appears divinely meditative in this
bronze idol, a reminder of Devi’s benevolence that is omnipresent.
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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