Jun 25, 2005
Jun 23, 2005
Vishnu, as Vamana measures the three worlds according to the gift obtained from Mahabali, the demon King, the grandson of Prahlada. Here, Brahma, on his mount of swans, washes the feet of Vishnu, which becomes the Ganga. This coincides, with the efforts of Bhagiratha to bring the Ganga to earth, to purify the souls of his ancestors. Siva is called upon to bear the fall of Ganga on the earth. Siva stands on the Himalayas to receive the Ganga.
Brahma Mohanam - Brahma, surrenders to Krishna, knowing Him to be the Supreme. Brahma hides the friends of Krishna along with their cows and calf. Krishna returns home to the Gokul, taking the forms of all his friends and cows and calf separately and acts according to their behaviour. This goes on for a year, before Brahma, realising his folly, surrenders to Krishna and releases the friends. Water colour on paper, by Keshav, 2004.
Vishnu, as Krishna, lifting the Goverdhana mountain to protect the cowherds and the entire village from the wrath of Indra, whose worship was suspended and the mountain Goverdhana was chosen instead, at the instance of Krishna. The five elements are shown above in symbols. At the top right hand side, is the image of butter (He demands the cream of each person) and the devotee surrendering. Painting in water color in Egyptian papyrus paper by Keshav.
Nrisimha, the man-lion form of Vishnu in the Egyptian style. Gouache on paper by Keshav. Vishnu, the all pervading one, in the man-lion form, knocks on the door of each one of us. We have to surrender our ego, which is the closed door to the heart. Once the surrender is complete, God enters our heart. Prahlada, the demon's son, is seen with folded hands. In the background, one can see the entire story of Hiranyakashipu, how he tries to kill his son for not obeying him -- for not accepting him as the almighty.
Nrisimha, the avatar of Vishnu, challenged by the haughty and arrogant Hiranyakashipu, the father of Prahlada, the ultimate devotee of Vishnu. Satisfying all the conditions laid down by Hiranya himself for his death, Vishnu takes the anthropomorphic form of a man-lion and delivers mankind from his tyranny.