Tripura Sundari is the Hindu goddess glorified as one of the ten Mahavidyas and Shakti (consort) of Sadasiva; she is the supreme consciousness who rules over the Trinity (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and is associated with Shakta tantric tradition. She is also known by the name Rajarajeshwari (‘Raja’ means the eight lords governing directions of the universe and ‘Rajeshwar’ is the Trimurti), depicted here in a splendid form of Cosmic Mother, as is also mentioned in Sri Lalita Sahasranama. The goddess is sculpted here in a refined bronze by expert artisans of Bangalore from where bronze art had set a new benchmark in the history of art and metallurgy.
The precise and superfine carvings highlight the beautiful and distinctive Hoysala art form featuring inventive decorations and stylized ornamentations. She sits in lalitasana on a lotus pedestal, placed on a distinctively carved multilayered throne topped with lions perched on either side on the platform and a Kirtimukha prabhavali chiseled in intensive beguiling floral patterns. Chaturbhuja goddess holds her iconic weapons in all the hands and the sweet sugarcane stick held in the front hand represents a person’s mind and the five shoots at the top are symbolic of the five senses through which mind is influenced and functions accordingly.
Rajarajeshwari is garbed in an ankle length dhoti and an ethnic kamarband ornamenting her waist in the most beauteous ways. Zoom in to the image to have a keen look at the sharp facial features and precious treasures embellished all over on her body; the haloed long crown that glorifies on her head is etched in marvelous layers of designs along with a crescent moon decorated on the right and the third eye on forehead symbolizing her consort’s iconic presence.
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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