Goddess Yelamma (Rare Goddesses of India)

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“Amma” or mother is the most endearing evocation of the divine mother in the South Indian region, where a form of goddess Parvati, the mother of Vishnu’s Parashuram incarnation, Maa Renuka, is established as Yelamma. In the divinely royal form that we see in this brass goddess Yelamma statue, she represents Shakti (feminine energy) who can ward off diseases as well as armies of rakshasas (demons).

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Item Code: ZEO946
Height: 26 inch
Width: 14.5 inch
Depth: 14.5 inch
Weight: 25.73 kg
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Goddess Yelamma in her resplendent brass icon is in the Lalitasana posture, draped in a lovely sari decorated with traditional motifs. Her four arms carry a trident, a sword, a drum, and a cup- attributes attached to the warring Hindu mother goddesses, Durga and Kali, who are also associated with Devi Parvati. Defining her origin from Maa Parvati, texts such as the Bhagavata Purana tell the story of Renuka’s birth from the sacrificial fire in the house of a king of Vidarbha (Maharashtra). One day, sage Agastya paid a visit to the king and advised him to marry his glorious young girl to the great sage Jamadagni.

Devi Renuka lived with her husband Jamadagni, assisting him in the performance of austerities, and gave birth to 5 children, the youngest of whom was Lord Parashuram. Empowered by her inner Shakti of “Pativrata” (true devotion to her husband), Maa Renuka was able to carry water in an unbaked pot every day for the completion of the daily rituals by Jamadagni. One day, as she reached the banks of the river, she witnessed a Gandharva indulged in playful romancing with his partners. Distracted by the incident, Renuka was unable to focus her powers and the pot, as well as the ritual, remained unfinished. Sage Jamadagni, who was a powerful yogi immediately realized the cause of Renuka’s agitation, and angered by the episode, he cursed a pure Renuka and ordered her to leave the hermitage.

Devi Renuka performed severe penance, during which she was protected by a pit of serpents. Completing her long atonement, Renuka went back to her husband, whose seething anger was not yet pacified. To purify his wife of the sin of giving in to her basal thoughts, Jamadagni commanded her sons to perform “Kapala-Moksha”, the act of cracking the skull to release the soul for liberation, on Renuka. Except for Lord Parashuram, none of his sons accepted the mandate and thus they were cursed and turned to ashes. Once Lord Parashuram carried out the orders, a contended Jamadagni offered to bestow a boon on his son, who asked him to bring his mother and brothers back to life.

When Parashuram was swinging his ax on his mother, an indigenous woman who was trying to stop him was also beheaded. As soon as he received Jamadagni’s nod, excitedly he sprinkled the life-affirming ritual water on his mother’s body and attached her head to the body of the other woman. The newly revived lady with the head of Renuka and the body of the other woman came to be known as Mariamman and was accepted by Jamadagni as his wife. The other woman who came into being with the head of the indigenous woman and the body of Renuka was named Yelamma or “mother of all beings”. The canopy of serpents on this brass goddess Yelamma statue reminds us of the serpents who protected Renuka during her penance, and the fiery aura around her glistening visage signifies the purity of her Shakti and her status as Agnija (one who emerged from Agni or fire). Goddess Yelamma is revered across Southern and west-southern India as the supreme feminine deity, whose benevolence can cure the body and release the soul to achieve liberation.

The Fierce and Powerful Goddess Durga: Discovering the Symbolism and Significance

Goddess Durga is a revered deity in Hinduism and she is worshiped by many people in the eastern part of India and also in other countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh. She is considered the mother of this material world who takes care of the conditioned souls trapped in the material existence. She protects them from the demons who threaten peace and establishes Dharma. In the Shakta tradition or Shaktism (those who believe that feminine energy is supreme), Mother Durga has been given the highest position. She is often considered the expansion of Mother Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva who is the destroyer of the material world. The Vaishnavas consider Mother Durga as the external energy of the Supreme Lord Krishna or Vishnu. She takes charge of the material world and reforms those souls who do not abide by the rules of the Supreme Lord.

Mother Durga is often depicted as a young and beautiful woman, wearing a saree, and sitting on a tiger or lion. She has multiple arms (usually ten arms) that hold different items and weapons that express her martial skills. She tramples down the demon Mahishasura, with her trident, representing the subduer of vices.

What does Durga symbolize?

Being the powerful assistant of the Supreme Lord, Mother Durga tests our dedication to the Lord. She represents the material nature and like a loving mother, she gives a clarion call to all forgetful souls to turn their faces towards Lord Krishna, who is the only well-wisher of all living entities. The depiction of her violently killing the demon Mahishasura with her trident shows her extraordinary prowess. Mahishasura represents our demoniac mentality that wants to enjoy separately from the Supreme Lord, forgetting our eternal relationship with Him. Goddess Durga killing the demon symbolizes the victory of good over evil or wisdom over ignorance.

Where are Durga statues made in Kolkata?

The worship of Goddess Durga is prominent in festivals such as Durga Puja, Durga Ashtami, Navaratri, etc. On those days, people gather at a place and a big idol or deity of Goddess Durga is worshiped with faith and devotion. These idols of the Goddess are made in a place called Kumortuli, located near Kolkata, West Bengal. This city is renowned for its beautiful clay sculptures made by local manufacturers.

Can we keep Durga idol at home?

You can keep a Durga deity at your home if you want to attract her mercy into your life. Goddess Durga is very merciful toward her devotees and when pleased, she bestows them with both material and spiritual benefits. Those who approach and worship Goddess Durga with material desires in their hearts, she fulfills them. But if a person genuinely approaches her and prays to her to reveal about the Absolute Truth and the real goal of human life to them, being the superintendent of the Supreme Lord Vishnu, she blesses them with the light of knowledge about the Lord and inspires them to walk the path of devotion to Lord Vishnu.

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.


  • The best and simplest way to maintain a brass statue is to clean it at least twice a week using a soft cloth or cotton rag. This will prevent dust from accumulating on the surface. Dusting is especially important for outdoor statues since it is prone to dust accumulation much more than indoors.



  • To give a natural shine and luster to the statue, you may apply coconut or olive oil using cotton on every portion. You can use a toothbrush to get to the small crevices but do not be too harsh. This will make the brass statue appear fresh and new with a polished look.

  • 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. Is the statue hollow or solid ?
    A. Brass statues are made through a process of clay casting, hence are hollow. Whereas, panchaloha bronze statues are made through a process of lost wax casting, hence they are solid.
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    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy.
  • Q. Can you customise the statue for me ?
    A. For any customisation, kindly email us at help@exoticindia.com.
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