Guru Har Rai was worshipped as the
seventh Nanak Guru out of ten in the Sikh religion and was characterized for having
a peaceful and sensitive nature. Guru Har Rai in his tenure (February 1644 –
October 1661) faced problems with Mughals as Aurangzeb succeeded in winning the
Mughal throne in Delhi and defeated his younger brother Dara Shikoh, whom Guru
Har Rai supported. This watercolour painting of Guru Har Rai displays all the
generous aspects of his personality. The composure of his eyes, delicate smile
on pink lips and sparkling sharpness catches the attention of the viewers
and clearly explains his innate calmness and bliss.
The white aureole behind his head is a
sign of his revered divinity. The use of glossy pink and bright gold for his rich
silk garbs adds to a unique combination of colour creativity by the painter.
The gold turban jewelled in a luxurious band of gold, ruby and emerald is a
sign of him being the leader and the auspicious one in his order. Perfect
strokes of the beard are a sign of the painter’s professionalism. Painted in an
oval frame, the outer edges in golden are decorated with a beauteous pattern of
flowers and vines. Selection of colours for this watercolour painting of Guru
Har Rai is one of the features of enhancement of its beauty and to highlight
the persona of the protagonist.
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