Dashavataras are the ten divine incarnations of Lord Vishnu,
who descended on Earth in their various iconic forms to protect the mankind and
lead to a joyous and peaceful life eradicating all evils. This semi-circular
wall hanging represents Dashavataras standing erect divided by a brass vertical
bar after five of them. This panel is designed in ethnic patterns, focussing
towards the age old Hoysala art form. Zoom in to appreciate the minutest beauty
of patterns carved in Hoysala style of art. Each of the incarnations are
amazingly carved, carrying their iconic figurines perfectly. All of them are
graciously jewelled and attired and the style of their carvings makes a person
easily understand their names and their weapons.
Starting from the left, Matsya Avatar is half fish and half human, who saved all the motile living beings and humans. Next is the Kurma Avatar, which is half tortoise and half man who balanced Mount Mandara on his shell during the churning process. As you gaze at the carvings of these two avatars clearly, you will appreciate the sculptor’s precision of skills and the way every part is equally highlighted. Next in row is Varaha Avatar, who is the half man and half boar form of Vishnu and slayed the demon Hiranyaksha to save Bhudevi; crowned beautifully in a side profile, he carries the set weapons of lord Vishnu. Next is one of the most popular Narasimha Avatar of the face of a lion and torso of a man; he defeated Hiranya Kashyap to restore peace and righteousness on Earth. The fifth avatar is the unique of all; avatar of a dwarf Brahmin known by Vamana Avatar, who sent demon Mahabali to underworld by tricking him.
One with long beard and matted hair, holding an axe is the Brahmin Kshatriya avatar of Vishnu, known as Parshuram. Sculptor has kept his personality of a sage intact in his carvings. Next is the most powerful deity of Hindu Dharma, Lord Rama; carrying a bow in his hand, he killed Ravana and saved his wife Sita. Next comes the Kalki Avatar who is yet to be born after the end of Kalkiyuga. Move forward for the most naughty and charming avatar of Vishnu, who is lord Krishna; sculpted in tribhanga posture, holding a flute in his hand, he ended the reign of his tyrannical maternal uncle Kansa. Last, but not the least is the Hayagriva Avatar, having the face of a horse and body of a human, worshipped as the god of knowledge and wisdom. Hang this panel on your wall for a perfect look of beauty and spirituality.
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