Nataraja is seen dancing over a dwarf Apasmara, who is said to represent the vice of ignorance; the dance is the act of conquering such a vice. Shiva’s front left hand points towards the place Shaivite devotees should rest and take refuge for the troubled soul – and to that end, his front right hand is raised in the ‘abhaya mudra’ gesture that dispels fear. Nataraja holds onto the eternal fire that cleanses our soul (also embodied in the large ring of fire under which Shiva dances), and the ‘damru,’ from which the devout listen to the sound of the universe in making. Nataraja’s hair, flowing as the are symbolise the fluidity of the divine Ganga River.
This bronze sculptural image, one of the most famous and recognisable forms of Shiva and Hinduism, truly symbolises the power of our faith and the victory of good over evil. The bacchic revelry that Shiva projects signifies that the virtuous shall always be rewarded.
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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