Lost wax method, bronze
4.5 x 3 inches
Widest Point: 7 inches
This hand made,
bronze sculpture is a one-of-a-kind statue, hand cast by the
artists of south India.
Veeran is a village warrior god. He is often seen in temples in
Tamil Nadu. As his name suggests he is associated with the
temple city of Madurai. His mustached face is firm and
dignified. His right arm is raised holding a sword and his left
arm is relaxed holding a club.
There are many legends
surrounding Madurai Veeran. One legend goes as follows: Madurai
Veeran was the son of a King, country. Veeran's bravery and
talent earned him a chance to enter the army as a Commander. But
his misfortune made him to fall by his own law which he enforced
to eradicate the robbers from the country.
His enemies, by their cunning
plot, made the king to believe that he was also one of the
robbers and must be punished. The king who was already jealous
of Madurai Veeran sentenced him to mutilation by having a hand
and a leg removed. Madurai Veeran died as a result of this
punishment. Later the King realized that Madurai Veeran was
innocent and regretted his act.
It is a common belief in some
parts of Tamil Nadu that, when you pray to Madurai Veeran for
justice when falsely accused of a crime, the actual perpetrators
of the crime will die in a fatal accident or their house will be
burnt in a fire accident.
deities are found in the different districts. Sudalai Madan is
worshipped in Tirunelveli district.
Veeren is found in
and Tiruchi districts. On an average, eight percent of the
Hindu population worship
gods daily and fourteen percent occasionally. Twenty-six percent
of the Hindu population of Thanjavur district worship
gods daily, and in
district, about twenty percent. This percentage is high because
of the popularity of Madurai Veeren.
piece can be used both indoors and outdoors. Dust the piece
regularly. If you would like the piece to shine use a cotton
cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down
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