Lord Shiva with Parvati Seated on Nandi Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Lord Shiva, also known as Mahadev, along with Lord Vishnu and Brahma, makes the divine triad known as “Trimurti”. Shiva is the presiding deity of Tamo Guna and thus, is responsible for the destruction of the material world. His eternal consort, Goddess Parvati, being the energy and internal potency of the Lord, assists Him in all His activities. The relationship between this couple is above the material platform which temporary and conditional. Just like heat cannot be separated from the fire, likewise, Goddess Parvati cannot ever be separated from her Lord Shiva. She is always engaged in the loving service of the Lord. 

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Item Code: PAA257
Dimensions 27.5 inch x 21.5 inch x 3.5 inch (With Frame)
23 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 5.55 kg
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The painting that you see here gloriously depicts Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati seated on the Lord’s mount Nandi, the sacred white bull. Nandi is a loyal devotee of Lord Shiva who is always ready to serve Him lovingly at any moment. He is adorned with a beautiful chain of tinkling bells around his neck. The lord is unprecedently clad in a pitambar (bright yellow) dhoti down to His ankles and adorned with a flower garland around His neck. In place of a serpent coiled around His neck, many neckpieces can be seen. His matted hair is gathered up to make a crown on His head. His Next to Him, the merciful Goddess Parvati is attired in a bright red saree and ornamented with several jewels. Her body complexion is light green, just like the fresh leaves emerging in the spring season. Two denizens from the sky offer a flower garland to this divine couple. Note the gigantic Kirtimukha aureole behind them that makes up an aesthetic appearance in the painting. 

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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