While Sage Patanjali is popularly referred to as the founder of yoga, He had not as such ‘founded’ the discipline. Legend has it that He had traversed the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent in the 2nd century and collated all the prevailing knowledge on yoga, the result of which great labour is the Yogasootras.
Sage Patanjali is immediately recognisable from His fusion anatomy. From the navel downwards, His is the body of a snake with tapering coils. It is symbolic of the kundalini lying at the base of the spine of man, a key concept of yoga practice. The rest of Him is a human male of superior proportions, with the hands in namaskaram mudra.
Sculpted from panchaloha, a five-iron bronze alloy unique to Swamimalai in India, this is a skilfully executed composition. The highly textured finish adds to the gravitas of the ancient Sage and the deep ochre colour finish adds to His aura.
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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