The elegantly majestic bronze image of Vayuputra Hanuman is ornately presented here in the ‘panchaloha’ manner of ‘madhuchista vidhana’ or lost-wax sculptural technique. As the divine ‘vanara’ God, this ‘chiranjivi’ here is an anthropomorphic figure which has the face of a monkey and the upright body of a human. Also visible in this form is a luscious tail. Hanuman’s legend is famous for being absolutely devoted to the entourage of Rama, Laxman, and Sita, accompanying them during their exile in the epic Ramayana, and fighting alongside Rama against Raavana.
As the faithful servant, soldier, and devotee to the lord, he is ‘sankat mochan’ incarnate – the form that dispels all worries and troubles. To that end, we see the image of the god raising his right hand in the ‘abhaya mudra’ posture, which dispels fear. Accompanying his image of vanquishing the troubles of the world is his presence with the fearsome mace or ‘gada’ which is Hanuman’s main weapon (a variation of the ‘gada,’ known as ‘Kaumodaki’ is also a weapon of Vishnu). Moreover, the ‘gada’ is said to have been a feature in the Mahabharata as well, being the preferred weapon of choice of Balarama, Bhima, Duryodhana, and others.
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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