As molten panchaloha bronze gets poured into the wax mold devotedly prepared by the skilled hands of sthapathis, they reminisce about the man who came to be known as the first teacher. The wax is drained away, lending the name ‘lost wax’ to the art form, and what emerges is the idol of Lord Dattatreya, accompanied by four dogs and a cow. The four dogs represent the four vedas—Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda—and the cow presents as the embodiment of nourishment.
Born to the rishi Atri and his wife Anusuya, he was born without a guru (teacher) to guide his way. But he was a curious child and wanted to know the goings on in the world. So, from an early age, he started on a pilgrimage whose destination was knowledge. He took observations from everything in nature and in the end, learned many things from a total of twenty four things. It is because of that reason that he is revered as the first teacher and remembered as such. The stapathis, in this idol, have designed him to stand with his three heads, a nod to the boon that the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva had given him.
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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