We have just received a new shipment of our hand made, panchaloha, lost wax method, bronze cast in South India as well as brass statues hand crafted in North India. Our stocks were getting low so we are so happy to have more statues to offer you!
They will be posted in the coming weeks and months as we slowly unpack them and post them on the website.
Vishnu is a part of the trinity and plays the role of the creator. He has taken ten incarnations to save the planet and the good people from the hands of evils or demons. There are many mantras to please Lord Vishnu.
Vishnu’s preserving, restoring, and protecting powers have been manifested in the world in a series of ten earthly incarnations known as avatars. The avatars arrive either to prevent a great evil or to effect good upon the earth. Nine are said to have descended already: three in nonhuman form, one in hybrid form and five in human form. The most important are Rama, fearless upholder of the law of dharma and Krishna, youthful hero of the Bhagavad Gita Vishnu’s final avatar is expected to arrive at a time when the earth is at the end of its present cycle, with the purpose of destroying the world and subsequently recreating it.
Vaishnavites, one of the largest Hindu groups, are the devotees of Vishnu as Ishvara, the Supreme Being, worshipped in the forms of his manifestations or incarnations. Because of his pervasive presence, images as the focus of worship are of great importance, as are temple architecture and carving.
1. Mukti (Liberation) mantra:
This twelve letter mantra is also known as the liberation mantras as it is believed to relieve the person who is chanting this mantra from all the hardships of life.
“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”
Meaning: I bow to the Lord who lives in the hearts of all.
2. Shree Vishnu Mantra:
It is otherwise known as the shaanta-kaaram mantra. It is one of the most powerful mantra used to praise Lord Vishnu and his incarnations, which helped to restore peace and happiness.
Meaning: I sing praising the Lord Vishnu Shaanta – He who has the peace Kaaram- demeanor and visage shayanam — He who sleeps and reposes bhujaga– on the serpents padma– He who has a lotus shaped naabham– Navel He who is the master and lord Suresham– of all the gods
I pray to the Lord Vishnu. dhaaram –He who holds the vishwaa– universe in his hands. sadrasham –He whose vision exceeds gagana– beyond all the skies varanam — He whose color and visage is megha– changeable like the clouds shubh– he who is filled with goodness aangam– in every part of his body.
I sing praise to the Lord Vishnu. kaantam — He who is the husband lakshmi– of the goddess of wealth He whose eyes (nayanam) are surreal kamala– like a lotus flower agamyam– he who yogis yearn to reach dhyaana– through meditation
I sing praises (vande-) to the Lord Vishnu (-vishnum) He who removes (-haram) all our fears (-bhaya) bhava– due to our inborn nature And he who is the master (-naatham) of the entire (-sarva) universe and creation (-lokaika).
3. Narayana Mantra:
Simple, yet powerful mantra to please the preserver, Lord Vishnu.
“Om Namo Narayanaya“
Meaning: I bow before the Almighty.
4. The Ultimate mantra:
This mantra depicts about the avatars of Lord Vishnu, He has taken to save the world from evils.
Meaning: I Meditate on Sri Vishnu, Who is Wearing White Clothes, Who is All-Pervading, Who is Bright in Appearance like the Moon and who is Having Four Hands. He is having a Compassionate and Gracious Face, Let us meditate on Him to Ward of all impediments.
7. Vishnu Sahasranama:
This prayer contains the 108 names of the Lord Vishnu and is believed to relieve people from all sin and sufferings.
Om Vishnave Namah Om Lakshmi Pathaye Namah Om Krishnaya Namah Om Vaikuntaaya Namah Om Garuda Dhvajaya Namah Om Parah Brahmane Namah Om Jagannathaya Namah Om Vaasudevaya Namah Om Trivikramaya Namah Om Dhydhyaanthakaaya Namah Om Madhuribhave Namah Om Dhaarshyavahaaya Namah Om Sanaadhanaaya Namah Om Narayanaya Namah Om Padmanabhaya Namah Om Hrishikeshaya Namah Om Sudhapradhaya Namah Om Haraye Namah Om Pundarikakshaya Namah Om Siddhidhikarthre Namah Om Paraathparaya Namah Om Vanamaline Namah Om Yagnaroopaya Namah Om Chakrapanye Namah Om Gadhadhraya Namah Om Upendraya Namah Om Keshavaya Namah Om Hamsaaya Namah Om SamudraMadhanaya Namah Om Haraye Namah Om Govindaya Namah Om Prahmajankaya Namah Om KaitabasuraMardhanaya Namah Om Sridharaya Namah Om Kaamajakaaya Namah Om Seshaya Namah Om Chadhurbhujaya Namah Om Paanchajanyadharaaya Namah Om SriMathe Namah Om Shaarangapanaye Namah Om Janardhanaya Namah Om Pitambharadharaya Namah Om Devaya Namah Om SuryaChandraVilochanaya Namah Om MatsyaRoopaya Namah Om Kurmathanave Namah Om Krodharoopaya Namah Om Nrukesarine Namah Om Vaamanaaya Namah Om Bhaargavaaya Namah Om Raamaya Namah Om Haline Namah Om Kalkine Namah Om Hayaananaaya Namah Om Viswambaraya Namah Om Simsumaaraya Namah Om Srikharaaya Namah Om Kapilaaya Namah Om Dhruvaaya Namah Om Dattatreyaya Namah Om Achyutaya Namah Om Anantaaya Namah Om Mukundhaaya Namah Om Dhidhivaamanaaya Namah Om Dhanvantraye Namah Om Srinivasaya Namah Om Pradyumnaya Namah Om Purushothamaya Namah Om Srivathkausthubhadhraaya Namah Om Muraradhaye Namah Om Adhoshjaaya Namah Om Rushabhaya Namah Om MohanaroopaDharine Namah Om Sangarshanaaya Namah Om Prithave Namah Om Sheerabdhisaayene Namah Om Bhoodhathmane Namah Om Anirudhaaya Namah Om Bhakthavatsalaaya Namah Om Naraaya Namah Om GajendraVaradaaya Namah Om Thridhamne Namah Om Bhoothabhavanaaya Namah Om Svetavaasdhavyaaya Namah Om SuryamandalaMadhyakaaya Namah Om SanakathiMunithyeyaaya Namah Om Bhagavathe Namah Om SankaraPriyaya Namah Om Neelakanthaya Namah Om Tharakaanthaaya Namah Om Vedathmane Namah Om Bhadhraayanaaya Namah Om BhagirathiJanmaBhoomiPaadaPadmaaya Namah Om Stham Prabhave Namah Om Svabhave Namah Om Vibhave Namah Om KanakaShyamaaya Namah Om Jagadhkaaranaaya Namah Om Avyayaaya Namah Om Buddhavadharaaya Namah Om Shaanthathmane Namah Om Krisoth Namah Om Leelamaanusha Vigrahaaya Namah Om Damodharaaya Namah Om Viraataroopaaya Namah Om Bhoodhabhavyabhavath Prabhave Namah Om Aadi Devaaya Namah Om Deva Devaaya Namah Om Prahladha Paripalakhaya Namah Om shree parama visnu devaya namaha
“Because of the durability of the metal not much is needed to maintain a bronze sculpture.”
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 of India and 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 South Indian bronze statues Lotus Sculpture carries are Panchaloham and thus suited for any home altar or community temple.
MahasaraswatiSouth Indian Bronze Statue with verde gris patina
MahasaraswatiSouth Indian Bronze Statue cleaned with coconut oil.
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 and abhisheka 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” or simply viewing the sculpture it is best to dust the statue as needed so no dirt collects in the details of the sculpture. For both polished golden bronzes and antique patina bronze statues if you would like the sculpture to shine use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the piece as needed.
Many of our bronze Hindu statues have been placed in outdoor temples. Bronze’s durability makes it perfect for cold winters and hot summers of any climate. We suggest you bathe the sculpture every couple of months so that dirt does not collect on the sculpture and then use a cotton cloth with some natural oil to give the statue a shine. Both indoors and outdoors a bronze statue can be left alone which, overtime, will give the bronze an antique patina.
On some bronze statues you can see small hints of lime green, verde-gris patina. Some people prize this color for its age others want to remove it. If you would like to remove the verde-gris use a tooth brush with some coconut oil or other natural oil and lightly go over the verde-gris. This should remove the unwanted patina from the sculpture.
“If you would like the piece to shine use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the bronze statue.”
If you have any questions concerning your bronze statue please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.
I met Vardaraj, Varun and Sini 8 years ago in the first years of Lotus Sculpture. Varadaraj is the eldest, Varun is in the middle and Sini is the baby. They were three kids who just broke away from a bronze collective they were apprenticing at for the past ten years to start their own bronze collective. I was their first customer. Immediately I could see they were different. They were young, loved making bronze statues and had big ideas for their future. I saw myself in them as we both were striving towards the same goals. In our first meeting I also discovered Varun, the middle aged brother wanted to be in kung foo movies. I still remember that exchange when he told me his future plans. “Like Jackie Chan!'”, he said eagerly. I made him repeat it several times as I really couldn’t believe my ears and in the end came the conclusion that this tall, muscular kid from Swamimalai had bigger dreams outside of the bronze casting business. Everyone can dream! From that day on my relationship and love for the Kung Foo Brothers, as I started to refer to them, has grown 100 fold. They are part of my Indian family!
Immediately I could see they were different than other bronze artists. They were young, loved making bronze statues and had big, ambitious plans for their future.
Vardaraj, the oldest, had a different dream. Besides casting the best statues Swamimalai has to offer he wanted to make the worlds largest Nataraja statue. After arriving at his workshop this afternoon I saw how close he is to realizing his dream. The Nataraja is ready for casting! The Nataraja is 23 feet tall and will weigh a total of 10 tons of pure bronze! View this amazing Nataraja! After we climbed over the enormous mold of the Nararaja I then moved inside to view my, more modest bronze statues. They are experts at the Nataraja form and I took in my 4 Natarajas I commissioned. Each a perfect representation of Shiva’s dance of destruction. In each statue, Shiva is suspended upon the prostrate dwarf, Apasmara, like he is flying, light as a feather. In my opinion there is no statue form as fine as a Nataraja with perfect proportions. It will always take a little of my breath away to see a masterpiece Nataraja as Varadaraj is so adept at creating!
I spent two days with the family and enjoyed their youthful, smiling mother’s, “Mama’s” cooking for lunch each day. It is always my favorite meal in India a mixture of prawn curry, chicken masala and coconut rice that is impossible to find made with such love at any restaurant. I bought them an iPhone which we spent a couple of hours figuring out the inner workings to the phone. I love watching the interplay between the three brothers. They are so close I really think they can read each others mind. Whenever they are sitting with together they have an arm over each others shoulder, whispering into the others’ ear. I often feel like I am intruding as their exchanges feel so private and personal.
While roaming around the now 30 workers Varadaraj now has working for him I took many videos of the lost wax method process to show in more detail how south Indian bronze statues are made. The process is incredibly long and tedious with 5 separate steps. I thought video is the best way to illustrate with bronze statue making process. People often times say the prices of bronze are too high on Lotus Sculpture. I know that when one fully understands the entire process and the overall work that goes into the making of one bronze statue you will wonder whey they are so inexpensive! I will adding these and many other videos to our site and youtube channel in the coming weeks.
By far my favorite piece of news I have received on this trip was that Varun has received a role as the hero in an action film in Chennai that starts filming in two months!!! He will be a kung foo hero, like Jackie Chan!!! I literally jumped off the ground when he told me this. I am so happy for him. I love when people have dreams and make them into realities. The kung foo brothers are dreamers and I am very happy to call them my friends.
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Items weighing over 150 pounds including packing materials will be shipped using a freight service. Domestic Freight will be discounted by 35%!