auspiciousness, this painting portrays the divine family of Mahadeva Shiva; his
eternal consort Devi Parvati, and the two sons Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha.
Lord Shiva is revered as Param Vaishnava (the greatest devotee of Vishnu).
Although he is an ascetic yogi, at the same time, he is also a great grihasta.
Devi Parvati is the internal potency of Shiva and in order to please him, she
is always engaged in his loving service. Their first son Lord Kartikeya is
regarded as the God of War and is worshiped as Murugan in South India. His
brother Lord Ganesha is known as Vighnaharta as he removes all the obstacles
from the path of success (both material and spiritual) of his devotees.
style artwork is matchless because of its unique illustration with vivid colors
and 24 Karat gold coating embellishment. Here, all of them are seated on a big
throne with a Kirtimukha prabhavali (a surrounding arch) behind which, the
snowy peaks of the Mount Kailash (the abode of Lord Shiva) can be seen. Lord
Shiva is unprecedently clad in a yellow dhoti, adorned with a flower garland
which is unusual. A serpent is wrapped around his neck and he holds a Dumaroo
and a Trident in his upper hands. The merciful and empathetic Devi Parvati is
seated next to the Lord, attired in a bright red saree and adorned with a huge
crown on her head. The noble Lord Kartikeya is seated on her lap. He holds a
weapon known as Vel (spear) in his left hand, while the right is in Abhaya
Mudra. On the other side of Lord Shiva, the chief of Ganas, Ganesha, is seated
with an elephant head and human body, he looks at his elder brother with love.
He holds an axe, a noose, a lotus and a modak in his four hands. Note that there
are also present the sacred mounts of Lord Shiva (Nandi the Bull), Lord
Kartikeya (Peacock) and Lord Ganesha (Mooshak) near their masters, ready to
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