According to Lalita Sahasranama, the deity seated at the centre in her lalitasana is goddess Durga in the beauteous form of Sri Lalitha Tripura Sundari Devi with Lord Shiva forming the cover of her throne, representing the worldly fact, ‘Shiva without Shakti is Shava’. The high raised multilayered pedestal imbibed with awe-struck carvings is surrounded by other deities serving the supreme.
The famous verse, ‘Sachamara Rama Vani Savya Dakshina Sevita’ is clearly depicted in this sculpture, where Rama and Vani are Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati who stand on right (dakshina) and left (savya) respectively and serve (sevita) the reigning deity with chamara (fans). She sits on a pancha pretasthana, as the five Brahmans sitting at her feet, namely, Brahma, Pashupatinath, Vishnu, Rudra and Shiva, represent the legs of her throne.
The most enticing feature is the use of panchaloha for its making and the deities are adorned in marvelous jewels and attires with the South Indian style solid crowns that glorify their essence. Lalitha Devi holds her symbolic weapons in all her four hands to cut the worldly desires in our heart and bring us to the feet. The leafy Kirtimukha throne stands erect in unique patterns forming a large aureole behind the divine mother.
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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