Goddess Meenakshi Tanjore Painting by Sanjay Tandekar
Meenakshi is a Hindu goddess and tutelary deity of Madurai who is considered an avatar of the Goddess Parvati.Mīnākṣī is a Sanskrit term meaning 'fish-eyed', derived from the words mīna 'fish' and akṣī 'eye'. Various meanings of this appellation have been suggested, including that she was originally a goddess of the fisher-folk, that her eyes are "large and brilliant" like that of a fish, or that she has "long and slender" eyes shaped like the body of a fish. Another interpretation is that the name is based on the belief that the fish never close their eyes: the goddess similarly never stops watching over her devotees.She is the divine consort of Sundareswarar, a form of Shiva. Her vahana is the parrot. She finds mention in literature as the princess or queen of the ancient Pandya kingdom who elevates to godhood.The goddess is also extolled by Adi Shankara as Shri Vidya. She is mainly worshipped in India where she has a major temple devoted to her known as the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi, Kamakshi and Visalakshi are considered the 3 Shakti forms of Goddess Parvati and most Indians visit these 3 temples irrespective of their location in India. About the Art : Thanjavur painting is a classical South Indian painting style, which was inaugurated from the town of Thanjavur (anglicised as Tanjore). Thanjavur paintings are characterised by rich and vivid colours, simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces or very rarely precious and semi-precious gems. In Thanjavur paintings one can see the influence of Deccani, Vijayanagar, Maratha and even European or Company styles of painting. Thanjavur paintings are panel paintings done on wooden planks, and hence referred to as palagai padam (palagai = "wooden plank"; padam = "picture") in local parlance. In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs for festive occasions in South India – colourful pieces of art to decorate walls, and collectors' items for art lovers. Essentially serving as devotional icons, the subjects of most paintings are Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. Episodes from Hindu Puranas, Sthala-puranas and other religious texts were visualised, sketched or traced and painted with the main figure or figures placed in the central section of the picture (mostly within an architecturally delineated space such as a mantapa or prabhavali) surrounded by several subsidiary figures, themes and subjects. There are also many instances when Jain, Sikh, Muslim, other religious and even secular subjects were depicted in Tanjore paintings.
About the Artist : Sanjay Tandekar has been painting for 15 years. He completed his Bachelors in Fine Arts and Masters in Fine Arts from Nagpur. He always had a keen interest in traditional arts and learned Tanjore painting by closely observing the details of art form and is a self taught Tanjore artist. Now his wife and father both are involved in this beautiful art form along with him. He has won several awards and merits for his excellence in Tanjore and other art.
This painting is made to order and will take 2-3 weeks to be painted once the order has been placed. 22 Carat gold foil has been used to make this painting
- Size: 18 X 24 inch
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- Handpainted in Tanjore style
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• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
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