"Radha-Krishna" is a theme well celebrated in Hindu culture and depicts the love between Radha and Lord Krishna. But this love is not just between two people but is instead a depiction of the ultimate love between a being and its creator. Lord Krishna playing the role of a creator and Radha represents all the mortal beings in the world created by him. Their pair symbolizes the purest and ultimate form of love and hence makes a mark in many scriptures, poems and even art forms. This Kerala Mural depicts a moment from their time together along with some of the gopis. Krishna's time in Vrindavan is marked by his connection to divinity, as we see from his radiant face in the painting. Those looking to experience the bliss of this painting choose to place it along a prominent facade or on a large, well-lit wall.
The story of Mahabharata is known and read by many and is regarded as an epic. This mural depicts a famous scene during the battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas. The great warrior Arjuna falls into a moral dilemma and conflict as he has to choose between what is right and what is just. Lord Krishna being his friend, charioteer, and mentor guides him through his conflict and imparts wisdom which is popularly known today as the Bhagavat Geeta. The relevance of this text even today is evident in the feeling this painting evokes, from Arjuna's submission to Krishna's wisdom and the looming battle at the fringes, to a Lord's calm demeanour and knowledge. Bring this painting into a conference facility for a touch of tradition and a reminder to be judicious.
Annapoorna Devi or Annapoorneshwari is considered to be an avatar of goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. It is said that a long time ago, Devi Parvati was offended by Lord Shiva's remark that "everything materialistic including food is Maya". To prove the importance of sustenance, the Goddess disappeared from the world and as a result, nature came to a standstill. However, she could not see the plight of her devotees and reappeared in Kashi. Lord Shiva, realising his mistake, rushed to her and begged for alms. This Kerala Mural depicts goddess Annapoorna in her resplendent glory after returning to Kashi, serving food to her devotees. This painting can be an excellent adornment to the abundance that flows through your dining room.
Lord Shiva's most common depiction is usually either as the destroyer or as Nataraj- the God of dance. Very rarely do we come across other depictions such as Dakshinamurthy, which makes this painting unique and rare. Seated on tigerskin, surrounded by animals and meditating under a tree, he represents the timeless belief that trees are a source of immense knowledge. It is said that those who are on the path of learning with no Guru can consider Dakshinamurthy as their teacher and seek knowledge from him. This painting in all its stark detail stands testimony to that faith. Place this unique painting in your Puja room or the study and experience the teaching prowess of God himself.
Lord Ganesh, also referred to as Devavrata meaning the Lord who accepts all penances, is the only other person to receive the title in mythology, the other being Bhishma. Lord Ganesh is one of the most worshipped gods in Hinduism, and he represents wealth, knowledge and wisdom. On Shukla Chaturthi, the fourth day of the waxing moon period, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated and is one of the most prominent and looked-forward-to festivals in India. This Kerala Mural depicts Lord Ganesh being worshiped by people from different walks of life with utmost devotion. Place this mural where you welcome guests, as it is believed that Lord Ganesh removes all negative thoughts from the minds of people who enter an abode.
The birth of Dhanavantari or the God of Ayurveda is mentioned in one of the mythological episodes wherein after losing the universe to the king of asuras Bali, Lord Indra and other deities approach Lord Vishnu for help. He suggests that they diplomatically take the help of the asuras and churn the Ocean of Milk for "Amrutam" or the "nectar of immortality". This episode is called "Samudra manthan" and Lord Dhanavantari comes emerges in the end, holding a pot full of "Amrutam". The tale of his creation is depicted in this elaborate painting that shows him rising from the milky ocean. The broad significance of the painting's theme makes it a welcome addition to any accent wall.
Lord Ganesha is one of those gods who is loved and pampered by all and a favourite of children. He is also considered a deity who is full of knowledge and wisdom. This Kerala mural shows him playing the Mrudanga with a pleasant and blissful smile on his face, spreading the warmth of music and the beauty of melody, hence the name Manomay or the enchanting one.
Back in the initial days of Kerala mural painting, minerals, vegetables, coal, etc. were used as pigments. They were mixed together using coconut water or gum. This painting keeps the age-old tradition alive and makes for a lively addition to a large living room.
Krishna avatar is one of the purna (complete) avatars of Lord Vishnu and the tales of his life right from his birth to death have been told, read and re-read since generations. This Kerala Mural painting depicts some of the most iconic tales from his life like his compassion for animals, love for Radha, his mischief as a child and scenes of him imparting knowledge to his followers. (next para) Kerala Murals carry their own uniqueness in terms of techniques and aesthetics used. The colours used often depict the undercurrents which run through the scene- this painting highlights Krishna's skin that was so dark, it often looked blue. This painting is apt for all settings. Be they simple interiors or gradiose rooms, this picture has a life of its own to add.
Lord Rama's coronation, popularly known as Rama Pattabhishekam took place after he returned from his 14 years of exile. This mural painting represents many facets of that story. The people of Ayodhya were delighted to see their beloved Ram return from the forest and were quite eager to see him the crowned king. True to their expectations, he served as a wise and just ruler, always listening to his people. This painting represents a God fulfilling his destiny and showing us that salvation lies on the path of patience and perseverance. This representation is a welcome addition to any room that needs a bit of tranquillity.
Is it any surprise that everyone's favourite God is also one that is depicted in various paintings, sculptures and art forms? Lord Ganesha, the commander in chief of the divine army, is the protector of all the worlds. Even today, it's a common practice in many households to place a motif of Ganesha at the entrance to a house as a way to ward off evil and welcome only positive thoughts. As the Lord of all abodes, he rests here in this painting on a lotus, a gentle smile on his face as he blesses all those who cross his path. Bring home Lord Ganesh and his pleasant demeanour. Placing this painting in an entryway or foyer can bring peace into the hearts of all those who stand on your threshold.
Tales and legends say that on one certain spring evening, Lord Krishna started playing his flute on the banks of the Yamuna. Enchanted and bound by the spell of his music, all the gopis (women of Vrindavan) sneaked out of their houses to gather around him and dance all night long. This epic incident is called the Raasa Leela or the "dance of love". It depicts the eternal love between mortal beings and the immortal god. This most talked-about incident in Lord Krishna's life is depicted in this mural through vivid colours, musical instruments and the gopis in bliss. Bring the Leela into your life by placing this painting in the living room or a bedroom.
Lord Krishna has always been shown to be a god full of life and cheer. His tales of mischief and his "Leela" have echoed through generations and even Yugas. The same is depicted in this Kerala Mural where Lord Krishna performs an eternal dance, creating a spellbinding effect on beholders. The bliss on his face and pleasantness radiating through his body create a calm yet bright environment. Dating back to the 9th century, the Kerala Mural Painting art-forms were initially drawn on temple walls depicting mythological legends. Today, this enchanting mural is yours to experience and can be placed in a bedroom or a guest room.
Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati enjoy a very high and prominent place among Hindu deities. While they represent various aspects of life including wealth, prosperity, courage, food and even destruction, they also represent a family and its bonding. The same is shown in this Kerala mural wherein Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are seated along with their elder son Ganesh and his Vaahan, younger son Karthikeya, Nandi and other celestial beings. The Himalayas, their abode, are visible in the background along with some animals reinforcing the idea of nature and life as a supreme and celestial bonding. Make this painting a part of your puja room for an added touch of peace.