Abhishek Patra is a utensil used for bathing the idols or deities of God or Goddess with several liquid ingredients. This ritual is known as “Abhishekam” and is performed in various occasions such Janmashtami, Radhashtami, Shivratri etc. Abhishek Patras come in various designs, shapes and sizes according to the idols to be placed for worshiping.
This Abhishek Patra is made in South India with heavy brass, which appears as glowing as gold. It has a tray on the top where the deities can be seated to be bathed with milk, honey, yogurt, sugar syrup, rose water and fruit juices. All the liquid ingredients are allowed to pass down through the outlet to a separate vessel, in which they are mixed and distributed among the temple guests.
The body of the Patra is multi-layered and engraved with beautiful motifs and designs such as lotus petals, flowers, triangles and circles. The fine finishing and detailing are praiseworthy. The deities are also dressed and ornamented on the Abhishek Patra. Abhishekam has a great importance in Vedic culture. It is considered to be a type of devotional service rendered unto the deities to please them and to increase love and devotion for them.
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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