A gleaming Lord Hanuman watercolour such as this one would be a great addition to the home of any devotee. He is depicted here as the gigantic vinshabhujadhari, the one possessed of (‘dhari’) twenty (‘vinsha’) arms (‘bhuja’). With great strides He walks across the Indo-Gangetic plains. His stance pours forth with invincibility and determination. His left foot is on the back of Kalanemi, son of Maricha, the employ of Lord Ravana, whom He crushes mercilessly.
The vinsha bhuja of Hanuman symbolise His infinite strength and prowess. He has the tall, well-built form of the mahayogi (the great ascetic). The complexion of His body is almost luminescent, executed in smooth, solid brushstrokes. What brings out the ethereal beauty of Hanuman’s form (roopa) and complexion (ranga) is the ruby-coloured dhoti wrapped around His loins. But for this short dhoti, the Lord is wearing only the finest ornaments - necklaces interwoven with emeralds, rubies, and pearls; studded amulets and wristlets; and a stream of pearls wound around His delicately shaped ear. A pair of wooden kharam (rudimentary shoes of the Indian ascetic) grace the feet of Hanuman.
Rolling green fields and calm skies make for an unassuming background. It serves to gather focus on the features of the complex deity in the foreground. The severed heads of animals in the crown of Hanuman and the protruding tongue are elements of the Tantric roopa of the Lord.
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