WATER COLOR ON BOARD (EMBOSSED WITH 24 KARAT GOLD)
The rare dadashabhujadhari Devi Sarasvati. Possessed of (‘dhari’) twelve (‘dadasha’) arms (‘bhuja’), She is seated on a gigantic lotus bloom with petals no less roseate than Her complexion. The stance of the Devi is lalitasana, widely observed in seated iconographies of the Hindu-Buddhist pantheon.
Her face is the very picture of serenity. Underneath long, black lashes She directs a gaze that is all-knowing, all-encompassing, and deeply maternal. Around gorgeous tresses that cascade down Her shoulders, is a garland of fresh mythical flowers of varied hue and colour. In Her twelve hands She bears implements that are reminiscent of multiple Hindu devis (for example, the twin lotuses for Devi Lakshmi and the sugarcane sprig for Devi Rajarajeshvari).
The Devi is housed within a quiet, secluded precinct. Dark, stone floors. A traditional temple-entrance structure seemingly containing the muted glow of Her halo. Ritual implements in the foreground such as a pair of lamps, handheld aratis, conch and holy water and a palteful of offerings.
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