Rishabhanatha stands with a Yaksha and Yakshi in attendance on a full-blown lotus on which are figures of two deer and the dharmachakra, the Wheel of Law, in front. His hair falls on his shoulders. The dhoti is a diaphanous and has a beautiful flower design between parallel double lines. Two hanging ends of the girdle knot are arranged like an arch on the thighs. The shoulders are stiff, the waist slender, and the legs and hands are well modeled.
The Yaksha attendant to the right of the Jina sits on a full blown lotus attached to the pedestal. He holds an old type of purse or money bag called a nakulika or noli from the shaped of a mongoose from whose hide it was made. It was believed that money stored in such a purse is inexhaustible. On the corresponding left end is the Yakshi, the female attendant, Ambika, sitting with her son on her lap and carrying a mango bunch in her right hand.
About Jainism and Rishabhanatha: Jainism has been continuously practiced since at least the eight century BC. and has a current following of over six million people. Together with Buddhism and Hinduism, it is one of the three major world religions to have emerged in India. Jains believe that an immortal and indestructible soul (jiva) resides within every living being. The goal of a Jain is to achieve a state of liberation via a chain of rebirths. They believe in a group of 24 Jinas, also known as Tirthankaras or conquerors.
The first Jain Tirthankara Rishabhanatha is distinguished by the bull placed in front of his cushion. He is considered to be the son of Nabhiraja and Marudevi from Ayodhya. Before Rishabhanatha was born, a bull (Rishabha) appeared in the first of the fourteen dreams of Marudevi, giving the Jain saint his current name.
Bangladeshi Bronze is an extremely durable metal made from a combination of 5 metals; copper, iron, tin, with minute additions of silver and gold. This combination is called Panchaloha bronze and is the basis for making the sacred Hindu temple statues around the world. Copper is the most prevalent metal in the alloy. Copper also gives the metal a softer composition that allows the bronze artisans to carve the details that are prevalent in each piece. All the Bangleshi bronze sculpture Lotus Sculpture carries are Panchaloham and thus suited for any home altar or community temple.
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Because of the durability of the metal not much is needed to maintain a bronze sculpture. Many of our customers purchase a bronze statue and perform daily puja
consisting of bathing the Hindu deity in ghee, milk, coconut milk or other liquids. In this case nothing is needed to keep the statue clean as it will be bathed daily. If the sculpture is used for "darshan
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