A divine incarnation of goddess Lakshmi and the consort of Lord Venkateshwara, she is Devi Padmavati. This Hindu deity is the goddess of elemental prakriti; her name in Sanskrit refers to ‘the one who emerged from lotus’. The extreme beauty of this brass statue is one of a kind. She sits in lalitasana on a vertical blooming double lotus throne, which is supported by a high raised supremely carved pedestal. The base is structured exquisitely and carved in elaborate Devi figures; divided in six rectangular portions by thick floral inscribed vertical bars, it complements the aesthetic vibes of the deity.
This sculpture is inspired from the characteristic Orissa art style, which has its clarity in symbols and other elements. The luxuriously carved prabhavali along with a Kirtimukha at the top is a feature akin to Orissa tradition. You may notice the round and broadened face and other features, also the belly of the figure protrudes out of its proportion highlighting towards the Orissa art tradition.
The goddess carries two lotuses each in her rear hands and anterior hands are placed in abhaya and varada mudra respectively, blessing the devotees of all the positivity; bejewelled graciously in multiple treasures placed in absolute beauty on her body and the carvings of her garbs accentuate the skills and mesmerized imagination of the sculptor. Have a look at the long multi-layered crown, chiselled heavily in varied minute patterns and a leaf-like broch takes the centre place, all justifying the South Indian temple carvings.
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