Devi Gajalakshmi | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold

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Lakshmi the great goddess who was born out of a lotus flower, and was endowed with all the qualities of a lotus- beauty, purity, newness, and abundance finds a representation in this Tanjore painting that is befitting of her status as the one who rules over all the material and spiritual wealth. Her form is sheathed in gold and reminds us of her earliest mentions in the Sri Suktam, a Rig Vedic verse whose first word describes Lakshmi as ‘Hiranya-varna’ meaning, "one whose skin is like the colour of pure gold."  

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Item Code: PHC506
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Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
55 inch Height X 43 inch Width X 6 inch Depth (With Frame)
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The same verse goes on to mention that as Lakshmi emerges from the depths of the Kshirsagar, as a result of the churning, she is welcomed by two celestial elephants, who sprinkle upon her water from golden pots. This appearance of Lakshmi and her consecration by the elephants also finds a mention in the Vishnu Purana, which tells us that Lakshmi was seated on a fully blossomed lotus and carried a lotus in her hand. Accompanied by Gaja (elephants) this form of the Devi is called Gaja-Lakshmi.

In this glorious representation of the goddess of wealth, we see two decorated elephants anointing her with Mangal-Kalash (auspicious pots of water, along with mango leaves which are considered purifying in Hinduism). The giant animals look tiny in front of the magnificent mother-goddess, who sits regally on a throne, supported by a Masanad (cushion) decorated with pleasing ethnic designs. Her gleaming face is highlighted by the bright red aura which is held by two Makara (mythical animals) on each side, and the bejewelled gold crown placed on her head. Her heavenly ornamentation is underlined by the artist with the use of tiny gemstones in red and white, giving her a semblance of a queen. The saree that Lakshmi is wrapped in is all gold- because what else will the bestower of divine splendour wear? The fan-shaped folds created in the front by the pleats of the saree are unbelievably exquisite. Brining the softness of fabric into the painting, the maker deserves an accolade.  Just under the pleats are the petals of Devi’s Kamalasana- lotus seat- each petal drawn with a precision that shows. 

Goddess Gajalakshmi holds a pot full of gold and her hands are raised in the gesture of fearlessness (right) and of bestowing boons (left). Another bowl carrying gold coins or asharfis can be seen near Devi’s throne, whose leg rests are shaped like two stylized birds. An intricately made floral garland with two semi-open lotuses, in the end, frames her body. The dazzling manifestation of the goddess is made even more attractive, thanks to the dexterously drawn lines and shades that immaculately bring out the beauty of Gajalakshmi’s moon-like face, supple hands, and lotus-like feet. Enclosed in an elegant wood frame, this Tanjore Gajalakshmi painting is suited for being worshipped in your home shrine. 

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