primordial female energy, the invisible Shakti (power) that is the basis of all
our actions, armed with the power of all the gods, becomes the great goddess,
Durga. The slayer of Mahishaur- Mahishasurmardini and the mother of the
universe, Jagadamba, Devi Durga is the female element at the peak of its beauty
and ferocity. In the terms of Hindu esoteric philosophy, Maa Durga among many
things is Mahamaya- the great illusion that makes the Srishti (creation) possible,
and she is Para-Shakti, the primeval female energy that protects the creation.
She rules over our senses and makes us see the invisible while leaving what is evident, unseen. It is her divine, endless play that fills colors in her creation. And when there is an unevenness in her Srishti, she employs weapons of destruction and annihilates the source of that instability. Maa Durga, thus, is the Maya-Shakti, the singular source of illusion and its destruction.
ethereal larger-than-life brass idol of goddess Durga has the most well-known
and powerful form of the mother-goddess as its subject. Maa Durga is shown in
the act of slaying the buffalo demon, Mahishasur. This Roopa (form) of the
great mother is an eternal reminder of her potencies that are beyond the
perception of the divine beings. Dashabhujadharini- ten-armed Maa has her
Naaga-Paasha (snake serving as a noose) tightened around Mahishasur, who lays
distraught at her feet. His previously used body of a buffalolies under Devi’s
feet, from which Mahishasur is trying to escape. His end is nearing- the Simha
(lion) of Maa Durga has his claw voraciously tearing the skin of the demon’s
leg, while he roars fiercely at him. With a magnificent mane and naturalistic
presentation, the lion embodies the wrath and might of his rider- Mahadevi, the
Though her form is clearly that of a warrior, Maa Durga’s
countenance carries the tranquillity of a mother and an ascetic. Her exquisite
large eyes instill a divine calm in our hearts. Even while being at the center
of a battlefield, Devi does not seek pleasure in violence. Her wrath is
righteous, it is for the protection of her children, and is released not
through her expressions but through her ayudhas (weapons). Her appearance other
than her weapons and the lion underneath her circles us back to her role as the
Enchantress of the Universe- “Bhuvana Mohini”, the Maha Maya in whom resides
the beauty of the cosmos. On her head is a magnificent and distinctive-looking
tiara crown whose embellishments curve around Devi’s flawless face. Her hair
which Maa ties in the most exquisite buns while adorning herself for Shiva is
open, and the tresses fall beautifully on her torso, reaching her rounded
breasts that are covered with breast ornaments embellished with a striking
floral pattern. Goddess Durga is wearing a sari in the dhoti style, which is
covered with a gold waistband and its end-piece is used to create an
awe-inspiring cape that falls on her posterior, forming a striking background
for her presence in this brass idol.
a scene full of vigor and movement in a material such as brass is not an easy
task, but the artist has done full justice to the subject he chose. From every
angle, it seems the subjects are about to move, that the trident of the goddess
is about to pierce the heart of the demon and at any moment, we will hear the
lion of the Simhavahini (rider of the lion) roar.
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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