Lord Venkateshvara as Balaji Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Well known as Tirupati Balaji, Lord Venkateshvaris the presiding deity of the very famous Tirumala Temple in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. He is a form of Lord Vishnu who appeared on the earth in Kali Yuga to reestablish Dharma and stop the activities of Adharma that degrade the society. Thousands and lakhs come everyday at this temple to take the divine darshans of the Lord. 

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Item Code: PAA159
Dimensions 54 inch x 42 inch x 7 inch (With Frame)
45.5 inch x 34 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 48.85 kg
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Captured in the most attractive and ecstatic manner, this Tanjore painting portrays Lord Venkateshvara standing straight on a small pedestal with lotus engravings. The special characteristic of the icon of the Lord is that from top to bottom, He is always fully bedecked with gold ornaments and flower garlands. Also, He is adorned with a huge crown on His head and decorated with a wide Vaishnava tilak (Urdhva Pundra) on His forehead. This bright tilak covers most of the part of His nose and sets off a unique contrast on the black complexioned idol of Lord Venkateshvara. His four arms (chaturbhuja) carry different items; the two upper hands carry the Sudarshan Chakra and Panchajanya conch shell, while the lower hands are in the boon granting Varada Mudra and the resting gesture. A serpent coiled around each of His upper arms can also be seen. The beautiful Kirtimukha Prabhavali around the Lord makes up His altar. An essence of South Indian artwork is felt looking at it. Every bit of this painting has been embellished with 24 Karat gold coating and shining stones to beauty the look of the icon of Lord Venkateshavara. 

Gilded Elegance: Unraveling the Artistry of Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore painting is a traditional form of art in the South Indian style and was started by the inhabitants of a small town known as Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu. This gives it another name called “Thanjavur painting”. This painting draws its figures, designs, and inspiration from the time when Vedic culture was prevalent in India. Certain remarkable features of a Tanjore painting distinguish it from other paintings. Some of these are pure gold or gold foil coating on gesso work, the use of rich and vivid colors, and the inlay of cut-glass or semi-precious and precious stones. The subjects of most of the Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and saints. The main devotional figure is portrayed in the central portion of the painting and is usually surrounded by various secondary figures.

The process of making a Tanjore painting

The classic Tanjore paintings are done on wooden planks and hence are also referred to as Palagai Padam in South India (Palagai = Wooden plank, Padam = Picture). Creating a masterpiece is never an easy task but the skilled artists of Thanjavur have been following the tradition of making timeless Tanjore paintings for decades.
The making process begins with preparing the wooden board or canvas. The size of the board depends upon the choice of the patron. The next step is to paste cardboard over the wooden board and then a cotton fabric is stretched and pasted upon it using Arabic gum.
Tanjore Painting Wooden Base
Now that the cloth is attached to the wooden panel, a rough sketch of the motifs and figure is drawn onto the fabric. After this, a paste of chalk powder and water-soluble adhesive is evenly applied over the base and smoothed.
Sketching of Tanjore Painting
Thereafter, the outlines which were made or traced using a stencil are now ready to be beautified and decked with various add-ons. The usual materials for decoration are cut-glass, pearls, semi-precious and precious gems, gold leaf, and laces. 22 or 18 Karat Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are especially inlaid in areas like pillars, arches, walls, thrones, and dresses.
Gold Inlay work on painting
In the final step, the rest of the painting is filled with rich and striking colors such as shades of red, blue, and green. Formerly, the artists used natural colors like vegetable and mineral dyes instead of chemical paints. The entire painting is then cleaned and refined to give a flawless finished look.
Since the making of a single piece of Tanjore painting requires a complex and elaborate process, the artists usually take at least one or two months to complete it. The use of pure gold foil and gems for beautification is a characteristic of an authentic Tanjore painting. Due to this, Tanjore paintings last for generations without getting tarnished and are much more expensive than general paintings. Though the art form has undergone various changes and technique modifications over the years, it continues to attract the hearts of art lovers.
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