12″ x 10″, Acrylic on Canvas Board
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This painting depicts a scene from Shiva and Gauri’s marriage. Kalyaana means “Marriage”, Sundara means “Beautiful” and Murti means “Image”. Hence Kalyaana-Sundara-Murti is the beautiful image of Shiva during his marriage.
The Dyaana Mantra depicts the ritual of Kanyaadaana wherein Lord Vishnu is giving away the hand of Gauri to Shiva in marriage. Shiva is depicted as having four hands. In the back hands he holds a deer and an axe. In his front right hand, he holds the right hand of Gauri and his front left hand is in mudra of blessing (varada mudra). He is wearing a crescent moon on his head and his hairs are in matted locks piled atop his head like a crown. He has a bright lustre like a coral and wears various ornaments.
Gauri also has her hairs in matted locks piled atop her head in the shape of a crown. She holds a lotus in her left hand and from her right hand she holds the right hand of Shiva. She has dark body complexion and wears various beautiful ornaments.
Vishnu is standing beside Gauri doing her Kanyaadaana to Shiva. He is depicted as having four hands and he holds disk and conch in the back hands. With his front right hand, he is about to pour water that symbolizes giving away of Gauri (Kanyaadaana) to Shiva.
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This painting is done according to the descriptions given in Shaiva Kaarnaagama. The description is as follows-
“Lord Shiva has white complexion of sacred ash in His Dakshinamurty form. He carries the crescent moon on His head. His hands have the gesture of knowledge, a rosary, a lute and a serpent. He looks very attractive with a sacred staff called Yogapatta. He sits on a seat called Vyakhyapitha and is surrounded by all great sages. He has a calm temperament. He is adorned by serpents and wears the skin of a deer as dress. He is very auspicious.
On the right flank of the Lord, there are Jamadagni, Vasistha, Bhrigu and Narada. Bharadvaja, Saunaka, Agastya and Bhargava should be shown on the left.
The lord is seated under a banyan tree in the region of the Mount Kailasha, which is populated by Kinnaras etc. He is the master of all and very calm.
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This is the finished painting of Bhaskareshwar Temple(Shiva Temple) located at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
The architecture of the Temple basically consists of a raised platform called as “Adhisthana” on which the main temple is built. The top of the temple walls slope towards the center forming a tower called “Shikhara” and finial portion of the tower consists of an doomed like structure called “Amalaka”. These type of temples are very common in Odisha.
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This is the second Oil painting I am currently working on. Here, the photo on the left side is of Bhaskareshwara Temple, Bhubhneshwar. I have taken this photo as reference. I have started working on temple’s structure. Behind the lady in the middle, there is an idol of Nandi (Bull) as we see normally in all Shiva temples which I have decided to show in the painting.
Medium– Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″
In the first step I have washed the canvas with a thin layer of Yellow Ochre and after it dried I made an outer sketch using Burnt Sienna.
Step 2: In this step I colored the sky by mixing Cobalt Blue Hue and Flake White Hue. Also I colored the ground by mixing Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue and a little bit of Scarlet Lake.