Divine Temple of Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati Along With Trideva
A multi-deity composition, the pattachitra that you see on this page is a fine example of Indian folk art. A thing of Orissa, pattachitra is the name given to paintings (‘chitra’ is the vernacular word for picture) made on a locally produced, fabric-based canvas called patta. Devotional subject matters are common with pattachitra painters and, as such, the iconographies of the endless Hindu pantheon and episodes of itihasa are found in abundance in these works.
The painting that you see on this page is a composite of multiple deities. Each of them are painted within a panel of its own, arranged over a temple-esque aureole. Poised on a wide-set lotus-shaped plinth, it resembles the very temples that lend Puri, a temple-town and the capital of Orissa, its age-old cityscape. The solid-coloured panels in cerulean, scarlet, and green bring outs the smooth white colour with deep ivory overtones.
In the central panel are the figures of Devi Lakshmi and Devi Sarasvati. They are flanked by Lord Brahma and Lord Garuda to their right and Lord Shiva and Lord Narayana to their left, making for four smaller panels. Set in the templetop, above the five panels described so far, is a circular panel of Lord Ganesha. Except for Lord Garuda and Lord Narayana in the lower panels, the remaining deities are all seated. In the midline of the lotus plinth is a miniscule circular panel featuring a wide-eyed gaja (elephant) gazing with wonder at a lotus in its own forelegs.
WATER COLOR PAINTING ON PATTI FOLK ART FROM THE TEMPLE TOWN PURI (ORISSA)
ARTIST: RABI BEHERA
12 INCHES X 18 INCHES