Adi Guru Shankaracharya was an early Indian philosopher and theologian who amalgamated the ideologies of ancient Advaita Vedanta. He discussed the unity of Atman and Nirgun Brahman (Brahman without attributes); founder of the four mathas or monasteries namely, Govardhana, Sringeri Sarada, Dvaraka and Jyotirmatha. He is also the greatest revivalist of Advaita Vedanta.
Garbed in sacred colors of yellow dhoti and an orange stole having an astonishing golden lotus leaf border that falls smoothly on his head; Carved with perfect sleek nose and realistic eyes glowed by his divine prospects. He sits cross legged on a tiger pedestal holding the book of wisdom in his left hand and right hand held high elegantly as if preaching sermons.
This sculpture is ornamented with the ritualistic rudrakshmala hung on the neck, large red colored bindi between the brows highlighting his eternal soul, wears chandan tripundra as a veil on his arms and forehead and carries a stick that is leaned on his right elbow. The pure white stone statue of Adi Shankaracharya reflects his purity of mind and heart; attired brightly, reflecting the sharp and bold characteristics in a subtle manner.
How to clean and maintain marble statues?
Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.
Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.
Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.
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