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

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A glorious description of Lord Venkateshvara, a form of Bhagwan Vishnu. Whenever and wherever there is decline in religious practices and increase in irreligiosity, the Supreme Lord descends to reestablish Dharma and deliver the impious people. In Kali Yuga, Lord Vishnu appeared in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh in the form of Bhagwan Venkateshvara to attract people to God consciousness. Today, thousands and lakhs of devotees come everyday at Tirumala Temple to take the divine blessings of the Lord.The true essence of South Indian artwork can be distinctly seen in this painting. 

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Item Code: PAA351
Dimensions 81.0 inch X 57.0 inch X 12.0 inch (With Frame)
69.0 inch X 44.50 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 150 kg
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This Tanjore style painting portrays Lord Venkasteshvara in a magical way with the use of traditional bright colors and pure gold coating studded with shining stones for beautification. Decked up with heavy ornaments from top to bottom, the Lord stands tall atop a small pedestal having four arms (chaturbhuja). He holds His Sudarshan Chakra (discus) and the Panchajanya Conch Shell in the two upper hands while the lower hands are in the boon granting Varada Mudra and resting posture. Also, a serpent is coiled around each of His upper arms. His eternal consort Goddess Lakshmi, who is His internal potency, resides on His chest as a symbol called “Shrivatsa” (the dwelling place of Shri). Just like heat cannot be separated from fire, likewise, the Goddess Lakshmi cannot be separated from the Lord. The wide and bright tilak (Urdhva Pundra) on His forehead sets off a unique contrast on the black complexioned body of the Lord. He is surrounded by a beautifully designed Kitimukham Prabhavali which adds to the aesthetics of the artwork. 

How are Tanjore paintings made?

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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