The epic Ramayana is largely occupied with the story of Rama's life, and the poets have found in its legends subjects for their most attractive poems. To a vast number of Hindus, Rama is not merely the king of Ayodhya, but their saviour and friend.
Rama was portrayed as an ideal son, husband and king and was later deified and accepted as an incarnation of Vishnu. Here Rama is adorned with all the royal marks of a king. Wearing necklaces, earrings, bracelets and armlets, this is Prince Rama before he was exiled to the forests by his stepmother.
He is dressed in a lower garment (dhoti) tied at the waist with a prominent knot. He also carries a long shoulder cloth, falling off his shoulders, reaching the ground on both sides. As described in the Agni-Purana, Rama holds the bow in one hand and an arrow in the other and an ornamented quiver at his back holds numerous arrows. His bow is supremely crafted, the ends in the shape of elegant swan heads.
Even in solid metal such as brass, the rotundity of the limbs is maintained; a tactile quality is given to Rama's clothes and the curves in the bow are skilfully manipulated. Attention is paid to the minutest detail down to the toe-nails. The pedestal, on the other hand, is solid and simple.
This description by Kiranjyot.
Of Related Interest:
Rama The Ideal Man: The Epic Adventure of a Hero
Vishnu Incarnate (Rama)
Rama and Family
Jai Sri Rama
Sri Rama Lila (The Story of the Lord's incarnation as Sri Rama)
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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