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Jagannath Temple Deities-Patachitra

Painting of Indian God

This Talapatachitra follows tradition in depicting the Jagannath Temple Deities in ‘bada-singhara vesha’. This is the vesha most commonly depicted by the chitrakaras. During the various ritualistic activities in the temple of Puri, Orissa, Lord Jagannath and his siblings are dressed in various costumes and jewelries (‘Veshas’).

The most elaborate of them all is the ‘bada-singhara vesha’ – an attire given to the deities before they are put to bed. In this dress, the three deities wear silk cloths on which the text of the Gita Govinda (a poem cycle by the medieval poet Jayadeva that celebrates the love of Krishna and Radha) is written. They are also garlanded with flowers. In this painting, Jagannath has a black face, prominent round eyes, and stump arms just below eye level. Subhadra is carved with a yellow face, oval-shaped eyes, and she has no arms. Balabhadra is shown with a white face, oval-shaped eyes, stump arms just below eye level, and a snake's head on top of his own head. Balabhadra, according to legends, is identified with Lord Krishna’s sibling Balarama, who himself is identified with the snake god Ananta; hence the iconography of the snake's head. Earthen colors of red, green, yellow and white have been used within a leafy fringe. The characteristic details of lines and colors can be observed in this Talapatachitra.



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