Shri Ranganatha Swamy | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold

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Sri Ranganatha Swamy, revered in the Tamil Vaishnava Bhakti tradition as "Nam Perumal" (Our Lord) and "Azahagiya Maanavalan" (beautiful groom), is the Lord of Srirangam, one of the most powerful Tirtha (pilgrimage place) in Hindu and Vaishnava Bhakti. Iconographical depiction of roopa of the Lord, associated with particular Tirtha Sthala is one of the themes of traditional Tanjore paintings, which present the potent forms of the divine in portable forms, to be worshipped in the Puja ghar of the devotees. This four feet large painting brings to your space the powers of Sri Vishnu at the moment of creation, as the source of all life and as the protector of Srishti, in an enchantingly exquisite idiom of Thanjavur. 

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Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 55 inch Height X 43 inch Width X 6 inch Depth (With Frame)
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A large gold-wreathed Mandapa, ornamented with tiny gems forms the sacred space for Sri Ranganatha Swamy to appear. Regal architecture with Yalis, Makara, and Kirtimukha icons inspired by the south Indian temples is beautifully employed by the Thanjavur artists to provide Sri Ranganatha with a befitting backdrop. On the bed of Shesha naag's coils, accompanied by his divine wives- Sri Lakshmi and Bhudevi, and Lord Brahma enthroned on a lotus emerging from his navel, a blue-skinned Lord Vishnu attired entirely in gold shines like the Sun in the center of the cosmos. 

In the lower half of the Tanjore artwork, Sri Vishnu in his Chaturbhuja form, in Sampada-sthanaka posture (standing upright) with Lakshmi and Bhudevi flanking him fills the space with a heavenliness. Jaya and Vijaya, the gatekeepers of Vishnu's celestial abode accompany the trio, guarding the sacred arena attentively. Below these icons, the Dashavatara, or ten incarnations of Vishnu are presented, along with the icons of Baal-Krishna and Venugopala on each side. Sri Rama and Dhanavantari appear in their shrines on the beautiful blue horizon. Two interesting elements, a well, and a Tulsi plant, auspicious and ritually vital in the local worship patterns of India, are also added to the space, highlighting the folk belief's union with Hinduism. 

The level of individual attention to each divine form in this Thanjavur artwork is beyond comprehension. Enlivened eyes, animated forms, and regal ornamentation lend all the icons a mesmeric allure. The lotus eyes of Sri Ranganatha gaze into the heart of the onlooker with a heavenly pull, which is a unique quality of Tanjore imagery. Outlined by a dark, monotone teakwood frame, having this aesthetically appealing Tanjore painting in your Puja ghar bestows upon you the opportunity of darshana (ritually seeing) Ranganatha Swamy and experiencing his grace in your home. 

Gilded Elegance: Unraveling the Artistry of Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore painting is a traditional form of art in the South Indian style and was started by the inhabitants of a small town known as Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu. This gives it another name called “Thanjavur painting”. This painting draws its figures, designs, and inspiration from the time when Vedic culture was prevalent in India. Certain remarkable features of a Tanjore painting distinguish it from other paintings. Some of these are pure gold or gold foil coating on gesso work, the use of rich and vivid colors, and the inlay of cut-glass or semi-precious and precious stones. The subjects of most of the Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and saints. The main devotional figure is portrayed in the central portion of the painting and is usually surrounded by various secondary figures.

The process of making a Tanjore painting

The classic Tanjore paintings are done on wooden planks and hence are also referred to as Palagai Padam in South India (Palagai = Wooden plank, Padam = Picture). Creating a masterpiece is never an easy task but the skilled artists of Thanjavur have been following the tradition of making timeless Tanjore paintings for decades.
The making process begins with preparing the wooden board or canvas. The size of the board depends upon the choice of the patron. The next step is to paste cardboard over the wooden board and then a cotton fabric is stretched and pasted upon it using Arabic gum.
Now that the cloth is attached to the wooden panel, a rough sketch of the motifs and figure is drawn onto the fabric. After this, a paste of chalk powder and water-soluble adhesive is evenly applied over the base and smoothed.
Thereafter, the outlines which were made or traced using a stencil are now ready to be beautified and decked with various add-ons. The usual materials for decoration are cut-glass, pearls, semi-precious and precious gems, gold leaf, and laces. 22 or 18 Karat Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are especially inlaid in areas like pillars, arches, walls, thrones, and dresses. In the final step, the rest of the painting is filled with rich and striking colors such as shades of red, blue, and green. Formerly, the artists used natural colors like vegetable and mineral dyes instead of chemical paints. The entire painting is then cleaned and refined to give a flawless finished look.
Since the making of a single piece of Tanjore painting requires a complex and elaborate process, the artists usually take at least one or two months to complete it. The use of pure gold foil and gems for beautification is a characteristic of an authentic Tanjore painting. Due to this, Tanjore paintings last for generations without getting tarnished and are much more expensive than general paintings. Though the art form has undergone various changes and technique modifications over the years, it continues to attract the hearts of art lovers.
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