Lord Narasimha with Goddess Lakshmi Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Lord Narasimha appeared in Satyayuga to save His beloved five-year-old devotee Prahlad from his demoniac father Hiranyakashipu. In order to enjoy his kingdom forever, the demon had taken a special benediction from Lord Brahma that he would never be killed by any weapon, neither during day not at night, neither inside his palace nor outside, neither on ground nor in the sky, and neither by a man nor by a demigod. But the Supreme Lord being Supreme, intelligently appeared in the form of “Half-man and Half-lion” at twilight and killed him with His sharp nails on His own lap. 

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Item Code: PAA311
Dimensions 18 inch x 15 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
14 inch x 11 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 3.23 kg
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This form is known as Lakshmi Narasimha and is the calmest form of the Lord. While His form is known for His rage, it is subdued in the presence of His eternal consort Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of fortune who sits on His left thigh. The Lord is seated on the coils of Ananta Shesha, also known as Shesha naag, whose multiple hoods form a huge canopy above Lord’s head in order to protect Him. He is clad in a Pitamabara (bright yellow) dhoti down to His ankles and is adorned with a crown on His head and a long chain around the neck. His four arms carry different items; the two upper hands hold the Sudarshan Chakra (discus) and Panchajanya Conch Shell, the lower right hand is in Abhaya Mudra (fear not gesture), and the right one shows the boon granting Varada Mudra. Goddess Lakshmi is attired in a golden saree and is adorned with several jewels and a crown on her head. Her right hand is in Abhaya Mudra and the left one holds a lotus flower. With the use of bright colors and pure gold coating studded with shining stones, this painting looks aesthetic. 

How are Tanjore paintings made?

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.

Tanjore Painting Wooden Base

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.

Sketching of Tanjore Painting

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.

Gold Inlay work on painting

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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