The names are many, the essence singular. The Atharvana Bhadrakali is also known as Devi Pratyangira, Devi Narasimhi, and Devi Simhamukha (lion-faced) Lakshmi. She is a manifestation of Shakti (the divine feminine/matter principle), incarnation of Devi Durga, and the feminine aspect of Lord Narasimha. A potent Devi, She finds mention in the various itihasas (Puranas and epics) and may be worshipped by only those proficient in Tantra.
A teevra (wrathful), all-powerful deity, She is the presiding deity over Atharvaveda. She wields in Her four arms - She is chaturbhujadharini, the one possessed of four arms - implements that are associated with each deity in the Hindu trinity. In addition to the same, in Her anterior left hand She holds the severed head of an adharmee by the hair. A necklace of more such severed heads cascades down Her torso. These serve to justify the epithet Kali in one of Her many names. The bloodthirsty composure of Her leonine countenance is enough to send a chill down the adharmee’s spine.
There is much to this sculpture that adds to the wrathful quality of Atharvana Bhadrakali’s iconography. A raging flame behind Her head in place of a halo. The powerful-pawed, big-jawed lion who is Her trusty steed. Finally, the hood of a multi-headed snake that rises above Her crown and forms an umbrella over Her.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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