The Art of India ➔ Patachitra Painting: Vishnu Avatars
Medium:Tempra and Ink on Paper
Height: 7.5 in;20"
Width: 12 in;24"
Large square image in the middle of a blue man on another man's shoulders. Two smaller squares on either side. The central image is framed in eighteen smaller images. Gold and floral blue border with a red outermost border.
Whenever the world becomes infused with evil or needs help in its evolution, Vishnu appears on the earth to correct the wrongs and to restore the balance and harmony. Of the ten Vishnu avatars, nine have already manifested whereas the tenth is yet to appear.
Vishnu has incarnated as a fish (Matsya), tortoise (Kurma), boar (Varaha), lion-man (Narsimha), priestly dwarf (Vamana), man of power (Parshurama), divine warrior king (Rama), divine lover (Krishna), and divine sage (Budhha). At the end of the present age (the Kali Yug), Vishnu will incarnate as Kalki, a man riding a white horse and holding a sword.
Folk Art: Patachitra Paintings
Patachitra belong to the tradition of temple paintings, originally created in the temple town of Puri, Orissa and used as colorful backdrops on the seats of deities or over curtains and pillars. The word patachitra is derived from the Sanskrit word "pata," which means a painted piece of cloth, a picture, a tablet, or a plate; "chitra" means a painting or a picture.