Monday, November 5, 2012

Lord Ganesha - Kerala Mural

Lord Ganesha is considered as the Lord of wisdom and one who erases all obstacles. He is the Lord with an elephant head. He has two wives, Riddhi (wealth and prosperity) and Siddhi (intellectual and spiritual powers). Once I happened to hear Dr. Gopalakrishnan's (Director of Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage - IISH)  scientific explanation of Lord Ganesha's concept. He mentioned an interesting aspect that the head of the lord is almost the same shape of the brain and medulla oblongata which obviously is the seat of wisdom of any person. In order to make the common man understand the different concepts, yogis and the intectualls resort to symbolic concepts to make a connection and to lead them (the common man) to spirituality.

This is a Kerala mural painting done with watercolour and the image is a googled one. I am unaware of the actual creator as in the case of murals, the designs and patterns are basically in vogue through centuries... If you wish to see my own creations with the Kerala mural procedures applied, you can click here and here.

Watercolour, 16x22inches,
140lbs Daler and Rowney Aquafine paper

diagram of brain and medulla oblongata
Can you see the pattern on Ganesha's head and trunk area?


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image courtesy of medulla oblongata : google


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22 comments:

Abhinav R said...

Beautiful painting of Lord Ganesha! And the scientific explanation by Dr. Gopalakrishnan about Lord Ganesha's concept is a new knowledge. Thank you for sharing.

vandana craftsia said...

Such beautiful work Deepa and superb control with water colour(know it is the most difficult medium to work with)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

that is some beautiful work with your watercolours... i love the colours so much, but am in awe of your skill levels... such attention to detail...xx

Pointy Pix said...

wow, so much detail in your work - it's beautiful and an interesting post as well - I've learnt something new!

Carolyn Dube said...

I never knew that about the brain and medulla- wow! Thanks for the eye candy- happy PPF!

KARINA said...

Great job !!!

Nice note on Kerala Mural
Pictures are also good.

All the best :)

Jessica Sporn said...

This is fascinating. Your painting is stunning. The more I study Vedic philosophy and Buddhism, the more amazed I am at how their core truths have now been born out by science. These ancient philosophers saw into the heart and mind without microscopes and autopsies in a way that can only be described as miraculous.

soulbrush said...

Beautiful as ever. Happy PPF to you.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Wow, beautiful work. I really loved your Lotus Reaper. I think it is wonderful that these murals inspire you to practice this style. It is so important that this beautiful artform is not lost. Great fo you for having the desire to carry it forward. I want to see more of your own designs because the links you shared were some very lovely works. Happy PPF

Laurie said...

your work is intricate , so beautiful, and I learn so much when I come here! Thank you for sharing!

Netty said...

Beautiful painting and loving all the info. Happy PPF, Annette x

Mary C. Nasser said...

Outstanding watercolor!
So intricate and detailed!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Lynn Cohen said...

It's always amazing and beautiful and interesting too! Thanks. HPPF!

Gloria said...

Very interesting info. Lots of great detail in your piece Deepa. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

Sharon Evans said...

Beautiful work and colours so much detail, you are very talented

carlarey said...

That is incredibly interesting... I never made the connection of the two before.

I love the way you fill your work with such gorgeous color and pattern.

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful, fabulously detailed painting! The info about the combination of science, symbolism and spiritual is so fascinating! HPPF!

Gina Sismilich said...

Oh my gosh - your paintings are gorgeous! I love both of your murals-no favorites here. Happy PPF

magiceye said...

The explanation was fascinating and your work excellent!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful.
Wish you Happy Deepavali.

Mary Walker Designs said...

Happy PPF!

Joanna Perry Murals said...

Really liked reading this. Keep it up!