A naga sits coiled round His collarbones. His ascetic’s body is smooth and white, glowing like the snow-coated peaks of His home in the Himalayas. Bits of fiery tigerskin constitute His clothing; a bunch of rudraksha and some amulets, His shringar. He is seated in the elusive padmasana on a tigerkin mat, with an arm resting on the danda to keep His spine in place. With the same hand He metes out a world of blessings for His devotees. Note the golden trishool and kamandalu that complete the Lord’s iconography.
An aureole of vivid scarlet fire frames His presence. Zoom in on the superbly done brushstrokes in varyings tints of orange and white, which give the flames a lifelike finish. The halo of the Lord seems to be the sooryadeva Himself, its arresting colour contrasting sharply against the black of the background.