The Lord is clad in a dhoti of yellow silk (yellow is the signature colour of the Vishnu-avatara) and a gold crown that befits His divine status. The milkmaids immediately next to Him shower Him with their caresses and adjust His angavastram and adornments. The dark blue skies of the backdrop betray the onset of dusk, an allusion to the lengths and risks upon personal honour that the milkmaids drunk in love of their Lord are willing to take to. A canopy of green hangs over their heads. Given how folk art is usually limited in terms of colour and detail, a richly coloured pattachitra such as this one makes for an unusual composition.
The most inimitable part of Lord Soorya’s iconography is the chariot He rides, drawn by exactly seven horses. These horses may be representative of the seven heavenly bodies, the seven days of the week, or the seven major nerve plexuses (‘chakras’) of the human body according to hathayoga. Beneath His padmasana (lotus-seat) is an image of the dusky, flute-wielding Lord Krishna. A solid azure background populated with heavenly bodies and intricate embroidery, inherent in kalamkari art, on all four corners of the composition.
44 inch x 47.8 inch