Navagrahas are the nine celestial bodies of the universe representing Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and two lunar nodes in the form of deities. These grahas hold the greatest astrological significance and influence human life and history by eliminating all flaws and doshas present in birth horoscope; worshipped in Hinduism on a large extent and the initial seven are named after the planets in solar system and correspond with the names of seven days in the week of the Hindi calendar.
These panchaloha statues are housed in separate mandapa (small pavilion) so that no two of them can face each other. They are always set up in a proper zodiacal circle when placing or constructing and are shown here in astonished crowns and jewels.
Surya (sun) is placed in the centre and holds lotuses in each of the two hands with a powerful and recognizable sun like aureole. He is the lord of the planets or the grahapati; Soma or Chandra (moon) holds two white lotuses in each hand and depicts waxing and waning qualities. Here he is shown with an identifiable moon crown; Mangala or Kuja (mars) is the ferocious god and carries a lotus and a mace (gada) in his hands; Budha (mercury) carries his wielding weapon in the right hand and left is in a gesture of blessing; Brihaspati (Jupiter) is the guru and is praised in many hymns in Rigveda. He holds a book in his right hand representing all the branches of knowledge, and left is in a gesture of blessing.
Sukra (venus) is the teacher of the demons and holds a water pot in the left hand and a rosary in the right. He is also the author of sukraniti; Sani (saturn) is the turbulent and troublesome god who makes and breaks fortunes by his position and influence. He rides a vulture, which is shown behind him in the sculpture and is especially worshipped by those who believe in Hindu astrology; Rahu and Ketu are the ascending and descending nodes of the moon. Rahu only has a face of a serpent and Ketu has the serpent’s tail. They stand here with their hands joined in namaskara mudra.
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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