In the cosmic ballet of creation and
dissolution, Lord Nataraja, “the divine
dancer”, emerges as an embodiment of sublime artistry. Enveloped in a ring
of flames, Nataraja stands on a lotus
pedestal, the very essence of celestial grace. His upper hand, wielding the
resounding “Damaru (Udukai)”,
orchestrates the cosmic rhythm, while the left holds the fiery force of “Agni”, symbolising creation and
destruction. A sinuous cobra unfurls from his lower right forearm, gesturing
the “Abhaya Mudra”, offering assurance
and fearlessness. The lower left hand, crossing his chest, points to his raised
foot, a poignant symbol of peace and salvation.
Beneath his dynamic dance, the dwarf
figure “Apasmara Purusha” is subdued,
crushed under Shiva’s right foot, symbolising the triumph over illusion and ignorance. The whirling strands of
Nataraja’s hair echo the dynamism of existence, an enthralling portrayal of
cosmic harmony and divine supremacy. Crafted from Panchaloha bronze using
the ancient “Madhuchista Vidhana
(Lost-Wax) technique”, this masterpiece is a symphony of cosmic
equilibrium, embodying the eternal cycle of creation, preservation, and
Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals
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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