cowherd girls of Vrindavana and Brija, whose love and endeavors indebted
Krishna himself, have been the center of veneration among the followers of the
dark-skinned lord. Though Radha and Krishna’s other queens are often seen
adorning the central position in the Vaishnava-Hindu shrines, Gopis and their
eternal love for Krishna have become a part of the intangible culture of India,
celebrated in legends, myths, stories, and poetries. These splendid brass
statues of the milkmaids are a rare instance of an iconic celebration of the
incomprehensible greatness of the beloveds of Sri Krishna.
mind that Kanahiya never differentiates between his Gopis when it comes to
reciprocating their affections, the maker of these brass murtis has given them
identically exquisite forms. Both of them have grandeur in their attire and
elegance in their physique. Their brilliant faces are framed by detailed
hairdos, to which are attached gorgeous ear ornaments shaped in the shape of
stylized flowers. Their necks, limbic as the neck of Surahi (earthen pots) are embellished with intricately
designed necklaces. On their bosoms-rounded and covered with floral patterned
ornaments, falls a long neckpiece, highlighting the allure of their feminine
beauty. Their waists are slender with a deeply set navel, underlined by an
ornate waist belt that holds the pleats of the ethnic patterned dhoti (lower
body garment) beautifully, that charmingly falls in the front. The polishing of
the brass is marvelous and has added a luster to the sculptures that do full
justice to the divine beauties. On their head and waist, the gopis have two
pots, which are also embellished with fine patterns following the artistic
vocabulary of the statue.
The pots in
the Krishna-Lila (divine plays) are meant for the butter that the gopis obtain
after churning milk. Krishna is known for stealing the butter and later getting
reprimanded by his mother Yashoda. Gopis churning for butter and Krishna taking
away the fruit of their hard work is a beautiful message in itself. It is the symbol
of god’s tireless love for his devotees that he shows by entering their world,
being one of them, and letting them shower him with loving words and loving
rebukes. Filled with an ocean of love for the dark-skinned charmer, Gopis
continue to let him enjoy his favorite butter, which is imbued with the sweet
nectar of their love, and in return, Krishna gives him the gift of being in his
company till time immemorial, a boon that great sages after ages of penance can
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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