The exotic beauty of the female, the night lotus in
one hand and the auspicious kalash in the other hand
point towards her being Sri, the goddess of love,
beauty and prosperity. She is depicted here as a fair
maiden with tender eyes, in the flush of beauty's
pride. Her beauty and aura shines through the painting, and
she wears gems and pearls on her smooth body. Her hair
is coiled at the neck as she wears a red lotus in it.
She holds the blue lotuses delicately between her
thumb and the forefinger. The pot containing rice and
coconut symbolizes bounty and prosperity. She holds
that in the raised palm of her left hand.
She appears for the hermit meditating in the severe
conditions amongst the high rise mountains seen in the
background. The hermit was meditating with the motive
just to secure her 'darshan' or her vision. Pleased
by the dedication of the sage, Sri decided to show
herself in her most benevolent form. That she has
suddenly appeared with a gust of wind is evident by
the impression the artist gives in the lower part of
the painting, around the deity's body.
The painting embodies the stuff of dreams. It is
visionary in theme and treatment, fraught with poetic
nostalgia. By the use of mesmerizing colours, the
artist gives an impression that he is depicting the
reaches of the introspective eye.
This description by Kiranjyot
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