About the Artwork

This painting by Kiran Joshi is based upon an original composition by Siddhimuni Shakya (1932–2001), and shows Sristhikanta Lokeshvara, the 'Glorious Creator, Lord of the World', surrounded by fourteen of the great Brahmanic deities that he has manifested from various parts of his body. Sristhikanta is beautiful, peaceful and red in color, and stands gracefully upon a moon disc and pink lotus within a tranquil landscape. He is adorned with the five divine silk garments and eight jeweled ornaments of a bodhisattva, and wears his characteristic emblems of a serpent necklace and an antelope skin that is draped over his left shoulder. With his lowered right hand he makes the boon-granting varada-mudra, and with his left hand he holds the stem of an immaculate white lotus. His radiant aura is encircled with budding lotuses and directly above his halo is Amitabha Buddha, the 'Lord of the Padma Family', who is encircled with an orb of rainbow light.

All of the fourteen Hindu gods and goddesses that surround Lokeshvara are depicted in similar postures, with their principal hands palms-folded in adoration as they kneel in supplication upon their cloud-borne moon discs and red lotus seats. To the upper right and left of Lokeshvara are the two-armed forms of the white Moon-god Chandra, and the red Sun-god Adita, who were respectively emanated from the right and left eyes of Lokeshvara.

© text by Robert Beer

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