A form of Lord Shiva, Natraja is a cosmic dancer of a divine dance called Tandavam. He is depicted in the Nataraja pose with his left leg raised up folded at hip level, and his front left arm gajahasta (elephant-trunk) pose. His rear right hand possesses the Damaru and his front right arm does the same ‘Abhaya’ (fearless) gesture, while the rear left-hand holds Agni (fire) in a vessel. Every element of the Nataraja speaks volumes and has deep divine meanings. Nataraja in simplistic words is Shiva in his most authentic form of creating and destroying, suggesting the ideal seed that helps escape the misfortunes of the world: ignorance.
In this epic brass Nataraja statue, Shiva can be seen engrossed enjoying Tandava, while the energy that is emitted through his dance is making his hair fly. At the foot of Natraja, there is a demon lying that represents the death of the inner demons: the sins of darkness and ego, that often act as obstacles to one’s enlightenment. The round frame around Nataraja is Maya, i.e illusion, the delusion that humans experience in the form of a vicious cycle of birth and death.
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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