In Hinduism, pitambara or a yellow (pita) colored garment (ambara) is often associated with masculinity and is also used as a synonym for Lord Vishnu because this color is generally worn at religious events. This preserver deity stands on a gold rectangular pedestal holding his various godly weapons- sudarshan chakra, conch, gada and a lotus to protect the universe from being destroyed and keep it going.
Sculpted in a beauteous expressive face with the hypnotizing lotus eyes wide open to observe the fruitful world out there and the red smile highlighting his genuinity and serenity. Lord Vishnu is considered as the greatest god in Vaishnava culture as he always fulfils his role of returning to earth in troubled times and restore the balance between good and evil.
This white marble statue of purity is constructed by shaping a single piece of stone and expressed with tinges of blue to signify his cosmic dimensions and connection with Vedic gods of rain and thunder and relations with earth; decked up with immense jewels and the haloed crown that glorify his benign self. Sculptor’s colourful mind and skills can be judged by the use of pitambara dhoti patterned in an indigestive manner of creativity with the zaried pink kamarband and orange stole filled in golden motifs complementing it.
The world’s supreme commander, Lord Vishnu has been portrayed as standing, as if ready to rush to attend a devotee’s call for help. His standing posture is more prevalent in Vaishnava iconography than any of his other forms. His other popular image is as reclining on the surface of Kshirasagara – the mythical ocean of milk, on the coils of the great serpent Shesh, usually with Lakshmi massaging his feet, and Brahma emerging out of a lotus rising from his navel. With his both feet nearly joined the figure is completely in a static posture not inclining to move. His seated postures are far rarer.
The entire figure of the Lord is beautifully ornamented. He is wearing a gold crown and the Vaishnava Tilaka on His forehead. In addition to golden bracelets and anklets, he is wearing two necklaces – one a collar piece and the other a long one, extending below his navel. He is wearing a yellow dhoti, signifying his name ‘Pitambara’, meaning Óne who wears a yellow garment.’ The richly bordered dhoti is held together at the waist by a beautifully knotted green waistband, decorated with diagonal checks in gold.
This marble piece was carved in the city of Jaipur. The sculptor is Shri Prakash Sharma.
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