Bhagavata Purana describes Vishnu’s incarnations as innumerable, however the Dashavataras or the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu shown here are celebrated as his major appearances. He is said to still descend to earth in any of his avatar to restore the cosmic orders for preservation and peace. When Vishnu directly descends himself on earth in the form of Krishna, Rama or Narasimha, it is called Sakshaty avatar and when he indirectly empowers life to represent him in the form of Naravada Muni, Parshuram, Vyasa etc, it is called Avesa avatar.
The wooden panel shown here contains the most popular Sakshaty and Avesa avatars of Lord Vishnu, carved in excessive beauty and fineness. Starting from the left, Matsya (half fish-half man) avatar with the lower body (fish body) carved in beautiful scales and the upper human body with four hands holds his iconic implements to save the world from cosmic deluge. Kurma (Tortoise avatar) is fashioned in a realistic tortoise shape having a distinctive chiselled shell in the lower end and a striking long haloed crown that glorifies his head. Varaha who rescues goddess Earth by killing the demon Hiranyakashyap is also called Boar avatar as it has the head of a boar and body of a human, structured in accurate lines and its head turned sideways. Narasimha (half man-half lion) avatar is the fourth in order and has the head and claws of a lion while the body of a human; sculptor has naturally designed the lion face with hairy brows and fearsome moustache and expressions highlighting his creative defeat of demon Hiranyakashyap to rescue Prahlada. Vamana avatar is the most unique disguise of Lord Vishnu as a monk-short heighted and fat belly, carrying an umbrella and kamandalu in either hands; sculptor has carved him in his iconic peaceful and decent vibes of expressions and gestures justifying his act of testing Mahabali’s kinship.
This bearded sage with an axe and kamandalu is Parshurama, garbed here in an organized horizontally striated dhoti and ornaments; revered for his aggressive as well as serene nature to kill all the adharmi kings and other warrior companions. Maryada Purushottam Sri Rama is the central figure of ancient Hindu epic Ramayana who killed the demon Ravana. He stands here carrying bow and arrows, ornamented in lavish jewels and a stylish flower aureoled crown. Kalki avatar or the future lawgiver stands next in a dignified stance and garbs and is said to incarnate after Kali yuga with immense power to destroy evil. Easily identifiable Lord Krishna postured in his usual self plays the melodious murli with anterior hands and rear hands hold the attributes to kill his uncle, Kansa. The last seen on the panel is Hayagriva or the horse headed avatar, carved in apt horse head shape and the body of a human; four hands holding usual implements to kill demons Madhu and Kaitabha, who had stolen the vedas.
The beauty of this panel lies in its alluring South Indian styled carvings including the pillars on the vertical edges and a mesmerizing border of floral pattern. Its dark-light color and large size will enhance the spirituality as well as aesthetic nurture of the wall.
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South Indian Temple Wood Carving17.20 inch Height X 71.00 inch Width x 3.50 inch Depth
Item Code: RE01
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