On a horizontal panel, a niche is dedicated to each of the ten avatars of
Vishnu. The first two avatars, the matsya (fish) & the Kurma (tortoise) are
strongly linked to water symbolism. Mythology recounts the tale of the fish
who saved the world from terrible floods and the tortoise who churned up the
ocean and revealed the divine nectar. The Varaha and the Narasimha (boar and
half lion-half man respectively) incarnations represent the absorption of
local cult deities into the Hindu pantheon. The four next avatars, the
dwarf, Rama in two incarnations and Krishna are more frequently represented
in epic narrative. The final two avatars, Buddha and Kalki demonstrate Hindu
absorption of later religious movements.
The artist unhesitatingly uses a plethora of colours, making sure that they
do not clash. He has also given the painting multiple borders.
This description by Renu Rana.
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