The divine Goddess Lakshmi is a Sanskrit etymology of the word ‘Lakshya’, which means goal. In Hinduism, she is revered as the one who leads to one’s goals, both material and spiritual. This water color painting depicts her as being seated on a blooming double lotus pedestal in a soothing spring season, when everything seems to be happy and joyous. She is an embodiment of beauty as can be seen from her plumage that glows like the rising sun and that elegant expression on her face.
As her nature of being the bestower of wealth, love and prosperity, she holds a long towering pot of wealth, decorated with stylized patterns and red and green studded stones in left hand and right is postured in a blessing mudra. Garbed here in an elegant pleated narangi saree with the golden zaried border and small golden flower motifs, along with an ethnic kamarband that completes her entire look. Seated beside, is her sacred vahana owl, painted in a white hue of purity.
The painter has beautifully used his creativity in ornamenting the goddess with lustrous and royal gold jewels formed in unique designs and red and green stone work. Not only this, the aureoled gold crown placed on her long and dense hair reflects her persona of divinity. The precision of style, formation and color blend in this painting reflects the artist’s superfine skills and hard work.
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