An unusual, discrete Shivaparivar composition. The Tanjore painting (or Thanjavur painting) that you see on this page depicts Shiva-Parvati flaked by their omnipotent sons. The lotus-bearing Parvati is on Her husband’s lap, looking up at Him with unconditional love and infinite devotion. They are on a grand, round-backed throne mounted over the back of Nandi, upon a tigerskin cloth.
To the right of the cosmic mother-father is our elephant-headed Ganesha. A garland of crimson lotus buds; a similar throne mounted on a gigantic mouse vahana. To the left is the divinely handsome Karttikeya. Devasena and Valli, looking up at Him with the same wifely fervour as Parvati upon Shiva. Peacock vahana, between whose claws, slithers a venomous snake.
The luxuriant gold-inlaid gessowork is the prime hallmark of the authenticity of this Tanjore painting. In addition to this, the parasol above each throne and the temple archways are all in keeping with traditional South Indian temple architecture.
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