"VAKRA THUNDA MAHAA KAAYA
SOORYA KODI SAMPRABHA...
NIRVIGNAM GURAVE DEVA...
SARVA KAARYESHU SARVADAA..."
Ganesha or Ganapathi or Vigneshwara
is an all time favorite theme
in all Indian arts and crafts...
and Tanjore paintings are no exception...
In fact ,Ganesha is first invoked before
undertaking any significant venture
which has religious ,cultural or social signifance...
Even before commencing a journey,
it is common to see in all households-
a small prayer is offered to Ganesha and
coconut is broken before him
before embarking on a journey...
This Tanjore painting is 20"x16" in size...
It too me just two weeks to finish it
in spite of my other commitments
and I am sure this would not have been
possible without Lord Ganesha's blessings...
I love the look of this calm Ganesha
clad in a golden dhothi and vest (kavacham)
his gem encrusted,cushioned, golden seat
arched ,intricately decorated prabhaavali(srivaanji)
The bolster cushion,green curtains ,the yaali,
the delicate lotus on which he rests his foot,
and the little mooshik nibbling on a modhak
and plates of offerings(neivedyams)
add to the richness and beauty of this traditional painting.