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.
Agni Purana describes Surya, the sun-god, as one who rides a
chariot which consists of one wheel and is driven by seven white
horses. In his two hands he carries lotuses. Broadly, this Orissa
wall hanging, which in its style of rendering has a touch of
Andhra's art of 'Kalamakari', has taken its model of sun-god from
the Agni Purana, though with some deviations. The Agni Purana
prescribes sun-god with two arms but the artist of this wall
hanging has gone for four arms as per Vishnudarmottara Purana.
Aruna, the son of sage Kashyapa, with a whip in his right hand is
driving the chariot.
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