The Gangadhara legend traces the origin of the river Ganges to Heaven. Ganga had to be persuaded to descend to the earth to enable the ancestors of king Bhagiratha to ascend to heaven.
Dyed in the technique of batik is Ganga in her iconic form. She is seated on a lotus placed on the body of the alligator. Ganga is always associated with the alligator and Yamuna with a tortoise which is the most relevant difference between the two river goddesses. She is wearing a gem encrusted crown but the rest of the jewellery is subtle. Wearing a green saree and a gentle expression on her face, she is holding a water pot in one hand and a lotus flower in the other.
The artist has cleverly used blue for the background to represent the ocean. Liberally used green represents fertility and abundance.
Of Related Interest:
Ganga (Miniature Painting On Paper)
The Descent of Ganga (Oil on Canvas)
Gangavatarana and other myths (Bengali Phad Painting on Paper)
The Ganges in Myth and History (Paperback Book)
Ganga (Paperback Comic Book)