The beauteous Devi Rajarajeshvari is seated on a throne of intricately engraved gold. She is the Tripura Sundari, the greatest beauty (‘sundari’) across all three (‘tri’) settlements (‘pura’, which may refer to anything from the three realms of existence or ‘loka’ to the three constituent elements of being or ‘guna’); the painting that you see on this page testifies to this truth of the Shakta texts.
A saree of shimmering gold colour clothes Her graceful figure. Adornments of gold and pearl and ruby complement the make of the crown on Her head. In the anterior pair of Her four hands, She bears a bouquet of fresh blooms and a sugarcane, indicative of the sweetness and the freshness of Her persona. The back of Her throne is upholstered in vivid vermillion velvet, the colour of youth and fecundity.
An archway in the foreground of the painting resembles a traditional temple entrance. The ubiquitous patterns of inlaid rubies and emeralds are symbolic of the otherworldly glamour of Rajarajeshvari. The gesso and the 24K gold embellishments complement each other superbly, wherein lies proof of the skilled Tanjore artisan. A painting as superb as this would add to the auspiciousness of your home or office.
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