In Shiva, Parvati and their two sons the Indian mind has always perceived not merely the supreme and the holiest but also the most ideal model of family life. Unlike Vishnu and Lakshmi who abound in great regalia Shiva family is closer to average Indian and with their children it presents a more accomplished model of family life than do other gods of Trinity or any. For portraying an absolute model of family Lord Shiva has been portrayed without his usual attributes which have no role in family life. Lest she incited discordance the artist has avoided portraying Ganga in his ‘jata-juta’ – coiffure. Most paintings of the Holy family include depictions of the family’s ‘vahanas’ – vehicles, Shiva’s Nandi, the bull, Parvati’s lion, Karttikeya’s peacock and Ganesh’s mouse, though strangely the artist has not portrayed them here. Maybe, he avoided to crowd the canvas which with its grayish mauve plain formless background provides to the Holy family a dazzling contrast and puts it in greater focus. With large eyes, prominent features and round faces the iconography of Shiva and Parvati has exceptional thrust and effectiveness.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.