With the asura (demon) Mahishasuar's buffalo cut-off head lying beneath her and her foot on top of the lion who serves as her vahan (vehicle), Mother Goddess Durga stands triumphant in all her glory, cast in bronze by devoted hands. When the wax of the mold pours out—lending the name of lost wax to this art form—what remains here is Goddess Durga caught in the moments where she slays Mahishasura, earning her the title of Mahishasura Mardini.
After he was given the boon that no man could kill him, Mahishasura used his deceit of being able to shapeshift into a buffalo to his advantage in the perpetual war against the devas (gods). The devas and asuras fought relentlessly but the devas had been pushed to their extreme limits by Mahishasura. When they were no longer sure of winning the war, they gathered together and created Durga from their combined energies. Being a woman and a physical embodiment of Shakti, the boon given to Mahishasura was rendered irrelevant in her presence. As seen in this idol, she carried an array of weapons as she charged towards the demon, fierce and valiant. She was successful in defeating Mahishasura, saving the devas from his torment.
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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