Friday, March 21, 2014

Temple Illustration - Mixed Media

There are a few...may be a lot many places that one would like to place in one's Visit List. I have very many in mine and the temples in Thrissur have been in them for quite sometime especially Thiruvambady and Vadakkumnathan temples. 

They hold an age old charm, the construction is antique and the ambience, heavenly. It has its rich cultural significance and enticing tales to go with it.  The former may trick us to believe that its a small temple...this will soon fade as soon as you step inside. It is dedicated to the deities Lord Krishna (Unnikrishnan - The toddler Krishna) and Bhagavathy (Goddess) and other deities with Dravidian origin/names. The aroma, the energy, the divine chanting everything would transport you to a heavenly abode. Much more enriching was my Vadakkunathan experience situated on a hillock and spread across 9 acres of fortified land. It has four entrances and only the East and West are usually open to the public. It's supposed to be more than 1,300 years old and it is included as a National Monument. The walls of the temple are adorned with mural paintings which have been weathered down now depicting scenes from the Mahabharatha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and you will find other deities as well. The most important fact is that these are the temples synonymous with Thrissur Pooram, one of the greatest of temple festivals in Kerala and is extremely popular for its fireworks and elephant displays with all the dazzling decor. This year's pooram is on 9 May, 2014.

For me, the walk inside this expansive and alluring temple in the twilight was a breath-taking one. My senses were exploding with the mellowed sights and sounds of the divine energy that one may easily get intoxicated with if one is ready to indulge in one. All thanks to Sis' Prabha and Bro' Babu who asked me to accompany them. I  am ever thankful to them for that surreal experience.

 Thiruvambady/Paramekkavu temple

Mixed Media - 5x7 inches

I painted this particular piece before my visit to the temple. I would like to consider that it was Almighty's blessings that helped me to reach His/Her province ;)

The photo I used as reference.


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16 comments:

Tammie Dickerson said...

So cool - love your color! What a gorgeous temple - it just begs to be painted! Happy PPF!

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Deepa. This is a fantastic job. You really captured it. Great job. :) Happy PPF!

Netty said...

Terrific sketch. Happy PPF, Annette x

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Bella Sinclair said...

Wow, sounds like an incredible and moving experience. The vintage, other-worldly feel of your painting is perfect. I'd love to visit some day.

sunil deepak said...

Love that painting! Beautiful :)

AmitAag said...

Fabulous!

magiceye said...

Wonderful work!!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful sketch.

saheli said...

beautiful...u really captured it well.
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Indrani said...

Exemplary work by you!
Amazing!

Beloo Mehra said...

Beautiful work there!

Annabelle said...

A lovely painting and gorgeous colour.
Annabelle m..m

Kokila Gupta said...

Beautiful ! Burning Oranges... what is the material over which you painted?

Arti said...

Deepa, this is super! The divinity seeps in your painting as well in your words! Great job, as always! :)

Studio Kaufmann said...

What a wonderful painting of the temple. The red background gives it such a tremendous feeling of sacred spirituality. I have been in temples in India and felt it too. Happy PPF

Prasoon Khare said...

Lovely use of Colors. You have painted it beautifully .. Good Job :)