Kali, the most powerful form of Shakti is the destroyer of evil forces. This divine mother is worshipped in various forms with Guhyakali being her tantric and the most secretive form. She is depicted in a fierce black marble having ten faces descending upwards and twenty seven eyes; her left leg is placed on Shiva’s (her consort) chest, who lies on a rectangular pedestal. Her tantric practices are held secret unless instructed by tantric guru; she represents both srishti and samhara equally.
This secretive and rare form of Kali sculpture represents her hair flowing down in all its fierceness. Her ten faces represent different animal aspects- Dvipika: a leopard or panther, Keshari: a white lion, Pheru: black jackal, Vanara: red monkey, Riksha: purple bear, Nara: cochineal colored woman, Tawny: garuda, Makara: turmeric colored crocodile, Gaja: gold colored elephant, Haya: dark colored horse.
She has eight hands holding her all fearsome weapons accentuating her caring yet fiery nature. The pink colored briefings with gold jewels and crowns on the sculpture are major aspects in developing its petrified nature in a beauteous manner.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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