Anjaneya is the name of Lord Hanuman that expresses His identity as the son (‘eya’) of Anjana. He is the son of Vayu and Anjana, known for His invincible strength and valour. On the pistil of an upturned lotus bloom He stands, tall and stately with the right hand raised in blessing, while the left hand holds a goad with its head turned down upon the ground. As such, the stance is gentle and generous, as opposed to the usual warrior iconography of Hanuman.
A tall, tapering crown on His head whose tip nearly touches the Kirtimukham at the highest point of the prabhavali (aureole). Behind His head flourishes the tail in one fell curve around the halo. Note the kundalas (danglers) on His karna (ears), which resemble His signature weapon in terms of shape. A short dhoti and strategically positioned adornments reveal rather than conceal the superb musculature of the great yogi.
The Yali brackets on either side of the central standing figure and the richly carved prabhavali, together create an impression of a temple surrounding the Lord. Made from madhuchista vidhana (as the lost-wax technique is known in the Agamas), such a seriously detailed bronze takes several weeks, if not months together, to be finished.
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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