Shiva is not only the ascetic, the divine hermit, who meditates seated upon the Himalayas. He is also a family man, residing in Kailash, enjoying his marital bliss. Here he is with his consort Parvati and their two children Ganesha & Karttikeya.
Shiva, dressed in an animal skin lion cloth is juxtaposed with a majestically dressed Parvati. To compare with his consort's magnificent crown, he wears the crescent moon, as the stream of Ganga falls from his knotted hair. A coiled serpent around his neck is comparable to the ostentatious necklaces worn by Parvati: Shiva holds a weapon (trishula) in his hand, as Parvati holds a padma (lotus). The differences may be stark, but so are similarities. Both hold one child each on their lap. Ganesha sits authoritatively on Shiva's lap and Karttikeya finds a place of pride in his mother's. Nandi, Shiva's bull sits next to him and Parvati's vahana, the lion sits by her side.
The Shivalingam - Shiva's aniconic form, is placed in the middle, which adds to the auspiciousness of this magnificent family image.
This description by Kiranjyot.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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