The Hayagreeva Upanishad details several legends associated with this benevolent form of Vishnu, describing his body in a brilliant white colour (symbolising purity of knowledge, thought, and action). His front right hand, raised in the ‘abhaya mudra’ gesture of dispelling fear, signals the victory of self-realisation and knowledge over the vices of darkness that stray the devout from the path of dharma. Hayagreeva’s two hands on the back carry the usual attributes of Vishnu – the ‘sudarshana chakra’ or war discus, and the ‘shankha’ or conch. Hayagreeva’s other hand is wrapped around the figure of Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and abundance as she holds onto a lotus and leaves her other hand hanging pendent. The lotus provides the allegory of beauty, fertility, spirituality, and eternity, and in the hands of the Shakti, her union with our lord here seals the celestial fate of the cosmos, dharma triumphing over the forces of evil.
Hayagreeva’s majesty is also described in the Mahabharata, where it is said that Vishnu in his form arrived at the battle scene on a chariot drawn by a thousand horses, wielding the power of Shiva, Brahma, Marichi, Agni, Satya, and other divinities. With such power it is of little surprise that his figure is seated on Shesha, that omnipotent being who’s coiling literally moves time forward and backward, deigning creation and destruction.
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.
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend