Lord Ganesha is worshipped in Hinduism as an endearing Elephant-faced god who is the guardian of the Sanatana Dharma, remover of obstacles, patron of Arts and Sciences, mediator and intercessor between man and god. He is the god on our side, our friend, our protector and benefactor. This brass statue of Ganesha is heavily veiled in alluring ethnic designs that enhance his beauty and a cosmic aura. He sits on a stylized Ashta Ganesha (eight Ganeshas) pedestal reminding us of the eight divine abodes of Ganesha with the Mooshakraj (sacred vahana) in obeisance on the left and pooja kalash on the right.
Dhoti he is garbed in is embellished in rich traditional flairs and precise chisels of floral designs highlighted beautifully on the knees and an ornated kamarband that complements with the precious multiple long necklaces and the lavish intricately chiseled flower haloed crown adorned with a beautiful peacock feather on right glorifies on his head. Chaturbhuja is in his famous abhaya mudra and the other hand holds his favorite sweetmeat motichoor laddoo. Posterior hands hold his iconic weapons that demolish evil and show the right path to his loving devotees.
The trunk is highly carved in amazing patterns and the flappy ears are tattooed in graceful designs. The sculptor has marked his forehead with a trishul tilak reminding us of his patronage. Zoom in to the image and carefully look at either side of this sculpture having a layered flower pattern that starts from his shoulders and runs down to his legs such that he is garbed in a flower stole. The beauty of this sculpture lies in its large size and the way it is carved in précised and and luxurious traditional patterns and the way it is moulded in smooth and shiny edges.
Fashionistas now days opt for textiles unique in their style, pattern and those that can be used in multipurpose ways. This skirt that you see on this page is one such type. Long lengthed in a fish cut design at the bottom and hanging tassels at the brim; available in the most unique choices of colors in horizontal multilayer, where each layer is in superb contrast to the other.
A common aspect in all the shades of this cotton textile is the self imprinted cloth, middle layer having flower motifs, bottom one with big checks and falls in fine pleats. This garment can be clubbed with any western top or a long kurti.
This painting is portrayed in unique color combinations, different from the usual bright shades like red, orange, yellow etc; it amalgamates dull and light shades together to form this beautiful miniature of Krishna and other birds and animals enjoying his soulful track. Madhubani art, also popular as Mithila painting is the most famous art form of India, practiced majorly in Nepal and Bihar as a folk tradition of village women, passed on to their daughters through multiple generations.
Here, the background is filled in with the gigantic tree of life with its branches curling up in each and every direction, bearing uncountable stencil leaves of greyish tone and small sweet cherries as can be identified by their rich red color. Lord Krishna painted in his most artistic gestures and realistic eyes; adorned in a cringed dhoti and a flowy robe along with vibrant jewels and a peacock crown, plays his flute that arouses heavenly and soothing tones, while Kamadhenu (his sacred cow), peacocks and other birds couldn’t resist themselves to stop and listen to this harmonious tone.
The light orange colored patterns hidden behind the expansive tree are flowers blooming in ecstasy. When you look carefully you will realize that this painting aptly exemplifies Madhubani art by depicting scenes of nature and mythology; painted in extreme patience in an exclusive style of filling the large areas by tiny symmetrical motifs.
The sculpture you see on this page depicts the Maharaja at the zenith of His scholarship and sanyasa, which he was ordained to at the behest of his guru, Shri Sudheendra Theertharu. He is seated in ardha-padmasana, with one hand resting on the knee and another keeping count of the rosary. The Vaishnavite tilak graces his brow, a mark of His profound spiritual allegiance. It is said that it is owing to the same that he was able to perform a number of miracles at Poorvashrama and Tanjore. Note the uninhibited gaze of His eyes and the image of Lord Vishnu carved against his breast.
The painting takes us to an enlightening festival where this young and beautiful damsel, dressed in a three piece red silk decorated elegantly with golden zari all over and adorned in the best of her gold jewels, sits graciously on this platform to perform the puja rituals of worshipping Lord Ganesha. She holds the puja thali that contains the bright flowers, a pot of water and Ganesha’s all time favourite motichoor laddoos.
Painter has very neatly and beautifully depicted the devotional expressions of this young lady with the sparkling eyes and that sweet red smile symbolizing her religious love for her lord. Vibrant and colourful flowers sprinkled in front of Ganesha’s small temple make us realize that, already many such ladies have performed their pujas before the sun sets. The deep yellow background pictures the time of the setting sun, as all the puja has to be performed before that and enjoy the bright lightening of diyas and candles at night.
This painting depicts the scene of a village as can be identified by the structure of the wall and large water pots that lay around the girl; trees painted in the background accentuate the greenery in the village with the applauding use of brush strokes in the striking attires as well as in framing the overall essence of the painter’s thoughts.
A silk sari isn’t just a garment, it lets you have an insight into the Indian life; its style and traditionality reigns even today since the timeless classics. This one shown here is woven in a pure silk thread of royal purple shade, thus shining out the beauty and personality of the wearer. The uniqueness of this sari is that despite being so heavy and gracious, it is very light weight allowing it to be worn in absolute ease, forming well settled pleats. The entire sari is heavily loaded with white thick thread work of kantha hand embroidery. The weaver has beautifully showcased the combination of dark purple and white highlighting each and every aspect of its lavish beauty.
Kantha embroidery is a popular style that came into being from Bengal, where rural women uplifted their talents and skills by stitching this kind of embroidery on soft dhotis and saris. Now it is widespread and popular in demand around the globe. As also shown here, this type of hand embroidery is a simple running stitch on the cloth giving it a slight wrinkled and wavy effect. The complete sari is decorated with a plethora of embroidered paisleys, flowers and vines, hence giving a heavy look to the pallu and forming thick borders near the pleats. Adorning this royalty on any function or gathering will make you stand out in the crowd.
This painting beautifully divides itself into two halves depicting the royal pair standing on either sides of the curtain with a rose in their hands. The king and the queen are too busy in their everyday chores, so they don’t get enough time to express their love for each other, so here they finally come out of their royal room when the sun is about to set, with a rose in their hand and garbed in their luxurious attires, separated by just a minute wall of shyness, they are keen to present their gifts of love to each other.
The queen wears a purple flared skirt having royal red pleats in between with the similar type worn by the king as a single garment along with a royal red stole. Their attires are decorated in mesmerizing gold foil work, forming thick borders and zari bootis spread all over. Queen’s chunri and blouse form a great contrast to the background, and the king’s unique crown is sequenced with golden checks.
Curve of her waist highlights her kamarband in a sensuous manner to the king, with the other rich ornaments framing their personality. King holds his royal black stick as a gesture of his authority and superiority with the green aureole formed at the back of their heads glorifying their character and kind nature.
A Devi of glacial complexion (Her home is the Kailash Mansarovar, which She shares with Her husband Lord Shiva). Large eyes brimming with wisdom, nay, omniscience. A full-featured face composed in unearthly compassion. She is youthful and beauteous and maternal, each of these qualities enhanced by the shringar of Her bust. A nose-ring that traverses the cheek all the way to the ear, a choker on that long lovely neck, and kundalas (danglers) held in place by miniscule rubies.
A crown of silver frames the face of the Devi Durga. Its style is in keeping with her traditional iconography as is replicated in the annual worship of Her in the Eastern Delta region. Dense black hair parted down the middle is revealed gently beneath the rim of that crown. The same is luxuriantly studded with rubies and emeralds, and it befits Her divine status as the supreme vanquisher of adharma.
A Paithani sari is a characteristic trousseau of every Maharashtrian bride; it holds the specialty of being woven in gold and silk threads and these silk threads are bought from Bangalore. Paithani has its etymology from the Deccan’s oldest town ‘Paithan’, located in Maharashtra. This exclusive sari shown here in a bright colorful combination of royal red and green is a perfect masterpiece to occupy a space in your wardrobe. This combination is locally named as ‘Samprus’ and is one of the highly demanded colors of Paithani. Paithani in itself is a haute couture in traditional fashion industry and having an Uppada paithani is an add on to its richness with its genuine and soft silk handloom in affordable rates and a very light weight which makes it easy to handle.
Zoom in to the image to have a clear view at its magnificent gold brocades of tiny peacocks scattered evenly in the entire red field area. This kind of Paithani is classified under the category of Kadiyal border sari, where Kadiyal means interlocking; the warp and weft of the border are in the same elegant green shade having its characteristic oblique square design and the body has a different red shade for warp and weft. The pallu is woven in a bright green shade loaded with zari threads of gold and silver and decorated with colorful threads of pink and green forming horizontal patterns of peacocks perched on trees.
This sari is a perfect wear for auspicious events and other social gatherings like marriage, engagement etc.
The Goddes Durga is known as the Divine Mother who is also a warrior goddess. She embodies the moral order, compassion, and righteousness. Her name in Sanskrit, Durga, means a fort or shelter that is difficult to penetrate, fitting for how devotees worship is as a Mother who protects from evil. In this painting, she is painted wearing opulent clothing, traditionally in red, but this depiction added flattering lines and bold blue color to add contrast and highlight the goddess against the predominantly red backdrop. The red color symbolizes an active color associated with the goddess combatting evil. She can be seen mounted on a tiger which is symbolic of power and the goddess riding it signals her unlimited power, too.
She is also drawn with eighteen arms, each carrying or engaged with significant poses. The eighteen hands are interpreted as the combined power of the incarnations (9) of Lord Vishnu in the past. This is Durga's way of embodying a unified Divine force against evil. Some of the objects she is holding are the conch, which resounds the sacred AUM or the sound of creation. Various weapons are seen on other hands namely the mace, disc (chakra), sword, arrow, and trident, among others represent weapons that can be used to combat different enemies. Legends say that these weapons were provisions from other gods. The painting also shows Durga’s prominent fight against Mahishasura, a buffalo demon.
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