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Goddess Padmavati - Water Colour Painting on Paper Embossed with 24 Karat Gold - Artist
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Dimensions: 15cm X 22cm

Hindu Paintings & Artwork | Paintings of Hindu Gods & Goddesses
Water Colour Painting on Paper Embossed with 24 Karat Gold - Artist: Kailash Raj
This fine and excellent work of art represents Padmavati, a form of Lakshmi. As Vishnu is known and worshipped by the name of Venkateshvara, Shrinivasa or Balaji in the southern part of the country so is known and worshipped his spouse, Lakshmi by the name of Padmavati. According to the Bhragu legend in Padma Purana Lakshmi deserted Vishnu disgusted by his conduct consequential to Bhragu episode. She, however, manifested later as Padmavati and was Vishnu's consort when he assumed the form of Shrinivasa and decided to dwell under the earth near Tirumala. Lakshmi before assuming her Padmavati form was reconciled to Vishnu after she was convinced of his deep love for her. As the legend has it, Padmavati was Vishnu's spiritual realisation and not a physically manifested form. He contained her in his bosom, which symbolically meant within his heart, or as he spiritually realised her. The physically existing Lakshmi had already deserted him after the incident of Bhragu and never returned. It was Padmavati who lotus-like sprouted within and was Vishnu's spouse by realisation. Hence, when the legendary king discovered Shrinivasa from under the earth, the king was able to see only Vishnu and not Padmavati whom Vishnu pcontained within. The Venkateshvara temple thus enshrined Vishnu only as Shrinivasa or Venkateshvara. Padmavati was always there within him though only by spiritual realisation. Padmavati is hence a deity by realisation. In artistic innovations hence she is often manifested, as here, in an iconographic form which corresponded with the iconography of Venkateshvara. This better suited an art medium and as greatly served a votive purpose. Couched within Vishnu's bosom she naturally had around her the same paraphernalia

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