Using oil based paints, the artist has perfectly portrayed the image of
Shiva in meditation. Seated on tiger skin in padmasana, his hands resting on
his knees - true posture of a yogi, he meditates. He is dressed in leopard
skin; strings of beads hang in his neck and also form his bracelets
and armlets; a serpent coils around his neck. Shiva's face reflects the
bliss that arises out of supreme attainment. The semi-closed eyes and a
benevolent smile show him enjoying the state. Horizontal ash marks
decorate his forehead, as does the vertical third eye. Emerging from his
matted hair is the Ganga, as the crescent moon looks upon. Where there is
Shiva, his trident and his drum can be seen too! In the foreground lie his
kamandalu and his vehicle, Nandi the bull looks aggressively ahead.
The scenic background is a commendable work of the artist's aesthetic
sensibilities but it is hard to know if the atmosphere is alight because of
the full moon or Shiva's aura.
This description by Renu Rana.
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