eyes, sharp fangs, and a striking ferocity in the demeanor, the brass Kirtimukha
motif is an ancient Hindu
element visible in the grand temple complexes, gracing the entrance of the
Garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum. Narrated in the Shiva
Maha Purana, the story of the origin of Kirtimukha
is as astounding as the artistic rendition of the lion-faced demon.
the menacing demon king after conquering the human and divine world, was struck
by a vicious desire of winning goddess Parvati, the great mother and the most
beautiful female in the three worlds, as his queen. Overjoyed by the thought,
Jalandhara chose the demon Rahu as his messenger, who reached Kailasha and
expressed the feelings of his king in front of Lord Shiva. Hearing the message,
Shiva released his powerful rage which took the form of a ferocious demon,
ready to devour the messenger of Jalandhara. Rahu however was a cunning one who
knew that the Mahadeva would forgive anyone who asked for his benevolence. With
folded hands, Rahu prayed to Shiva to spare him, and the Bhole Nath Shiva
immediately stopped his demon from attacking Rahu.
was saved from the rage of Shiva but the powerful demon who was born moments
ago was suffering from a seething hunger. The demon approached his creator
Shiva and prayed to him to provide him with satiating nourishment. Shiva, the
Adi Deva whose divine plays (Lila) is incomprehensible for even the most
learned ones ordered the demon to devour himself. Thus began a bizarre spectacle, of the demon
slowly eating his limbs as per the wish of his maker, until the only part left
of his humongous body was his face. Lord Shiva, moved by the self-sacrifice of
his creation praised him and gave him the boon that he will always reside at
the entrance of holy shrines as the guardian of the divine sphere, and anyone
who fails to appreciate and pay respect to him, will not be able to gain the
blessings of Shiva. In remembrance of the lion-faced demon’s glorious act,
Shiva named him Kirtimukha (Kirti- glory, Mukha- face).
India Art with this brass Kirtimukha wall hanging brings to you the protective
powers of Shiva’s boons and the potencies of Vaastu prescribed Kirtimukha that
wards off all evil and ensures the presence of only positive, spiritual
vibrations in your space.
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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