20'' Lord Varaha with Goddess Lakshmi | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai
Varaha, the boar shown in this sculpture is considered to be the third avatar of
Lord Vishnu. In this incarnation, Lord Vishnu
destroyed the demon Hiranyaksha who was pushing the earth into the water and
thus saved the earth from getting submerged in the river. In this sculpture, Lord
Vraha is depicted with Lakshmi who is Vishnu’s wife and the goddess of wealth, seated on Varaha’s lap. Varaha is carrying two objects that Vishnu often
carries i.e., a conch and a discus. Swamimalai Kumbakonam Bronze is considered
to be authentic bronze which is used to create idols out of the five metals
known as Panchaloha. For home temple prayers, Panchaloha is the recommended material
for spiritual or religious idols.
It is said that
Varaha bestows upon the devotee all forms of bliss, including health, joy,
success, and wealth. So, this sculpture will be a perfect fit for the home
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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