According to mythology, Rama was the king of Ayodhya and established a
golden age of justice, helped and revered by the monkey god Hanuman.
In this painting, Lord Rama embraces his devout devotee Hanuman in a
scenic setting. Allegorically, Rama is depicted larger than the latter,
according a higher status to the former. There is serenity of expression on
face as he gently holds Hanuman in his arms. He wears a yellow lower garment
and a green shoulder cloth and carries the quiver of arrows on his
shoulder. He is simply dressed as a prince in exile. His majesty is evident
his simplicity. He lives in the small thatched hut in the background, with
wild flowers and trees surrounding it. A fresh water stream flows close by.
Hanuman is adorned with a crown and other royal accessories. He was the
most powerful of the monkey chiefs. His loyalty to Rama has become
proverbial and he is held as the symbol of faithfulness and self surrender.
"He is the
ideal of the perfect servant, the servant who finds full realization of
faithfulness, of obedience; the subordinate whose glory is in his own
This description by Kiranjyot.
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