magnificent Tanjore painting is full of bliss in the way Lord Shiva and His
eternal consort Goddess Parvati have been portrayed. The Lord is the
predominating deity of Tamo Guna (mode of ignorance) and is thus responsible
for the destruction of the material world.
Just like heat cannot be separated from the fire, likewise, Lord Shiva
is incomplete without Parvati, His internal potency.
Lord Shiva is
seated in lalitasana on his divine mount Nandi (the sacred bull) who is
decorated with a cloth on his back and chains of rings around his neck. The
lord is clad in a dhoti made of tiger’s skin and a serpent is coiled around his
neck. He is also unprecedently ornamented with several jewels and a crown on
his head. Next to him, Goddess Parvati is seated calmly who is attired in
beautiful saree. Her body complexion is green resembling the fresh leaves that
spring during the autumn season. They are surrounded by a huge Kirtimukham
Prabhavali at the back which is pleasing to the eyes. Two devotees standing on
the ground, devotedly fan the lord and the goddess with a chamar. From the sky,
two denizens blissfully shower flowers upon them in order to glorify them. Every
bit of this painting has been precisely embellished with pure gold coating
studded with sequences of shining stones along the outlines which is the
characteristic feature of Tanjore artwork.
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