Lord Narsimha, the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu in his Dashavatara, is crafted devotedly here, his face split in a wide smile that shows off the majestic tusks on his lion’s head. He is worshipped in his role as a protector as he was the one who protected his most ardent devotee, Prahalad, who was the son of a demon named Hiranyakashipu. The demon disliked Lord Vishnu and believed himself to be better than the Supreme Lord in his arrogance. He had been given a boon that made him nearly indestructible. He had been careful in asking for this blessing, asking that no man or woman, animal or weapon could kill him whether he was inside his home or outside. Day or night, he could not be destroyed. Blind in the face of this boon, he tried to kill his own son multiple times but failed. Finally, he challenged Prahalad’s belief, asking where the lord was. Thus, Lord Vishnu appeared as Narshimha, who was neither man, woman, nor animal but half a lion and half a man. He took Hiranyakashipu to the threshold of his home and when it was dusk, he took him in his lap and tore into him with his bare hands. Here, he looks youthful and happy, rather than the angry form who kills Hiranyakashipu. This is because of the presence of his consort Goddess Lakshmi in the form of Narasimha. They enjoy each other’s presence and are a perfect divine couple.
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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