Monday, August 14, 2017

Image: Indra

Indra on Airavata
painting circa 1820
(from the British Museum)

Here is the description from the British Museum page: Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Indra, guardian of the east, rides on his elephant, Airāvata. The red-complexioned and thousand eyed god is accompanied by two attendants on foot, one carrying a parasol, the other carrying a spear. Indra has a tanka (chisel) in his upper right hand, a vajra (thunderbolt) in his upper left, and in the lower right, a sword with a serrated edge. Airāvata carries a garland of flowers in his trunk.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Image: Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana

Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana
(Khajrana Temple)

You can read about the Khajrana Temple, which is dedicated to Ganesha, at Wikipedia.

Detail: Sita

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Image: Rama and Parasurama

Rama and Parasurama

(Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai)

You can find out more about Parashurama at Wikipedia.

Here is the description of the image: To the left are Rama and his brothers on chariots accompanied by Dasaratha, who rides a white horse, and numerous retainers. In the centre they are shown standing on the ground after dismounting. Opposite them is the gigantic form of Parasurama holding his axe and behind him are the gods, amongst whom Brahman is easily recognizable. Below we again see Rama and Parasurama facing each other, and to the extreme right we observe the sage walking away, apparently satisfied.