piece of art displaying Lord Venkateshwara with Goddess Lakshmi in Tanjore
style bringing the picture to life. Lord Venkateswara is considered to be a
form of Vishnu who descended to the earth to deliver the pious and re-establish
dharma in the age of Kali Yuga. He is the presiding deity of Tirumala
Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati of the Andhra Pradesh state in India. Since
Devi Lakshmi, also known as Shri, is the divine and eternal consort of the
Lord, She is also present with Him as the symbol of Shrivatsa on His chest and
is always engaged in the loving service of the Lord.
is surrounded by a perfect and precise work of teakwood that makes a
mesmerizing altar. Lord Venkateshwara is portrayed as Balaji, the ever-youthful
form of Vishnu, in a standing posture on an elevated base. He is elaborately
adorned with various ornaments such as Makarakundalas, a huge crown on His
head, flower garlands, a necklace containing the effulgent Kaustubha gem, etc.
His two upper hands carry the Sudarshana Chakra and a Conch shell, the lower
right hand is in the boon granting Varada mudra, while the left hand is in Kati
mudra. The wide white tilak (Urdhva Pundra) on the forehead sets off a unique
contrast on the black complexion of the Lord. The Lord is surrounded by a
Kirtimukha Prabhavali. The fascinating thing about this artwork is that every
bit of the painting is precisely and beautifully embellished with 24 Karat Gold
studded with shining stones.
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