Posted on: 8 January 2017

The shrine of Vishnu in the form of Viraraghavaswami, reclining on the serpent of eternity, the form in which he is worhipped at the shrine of Tiravallur in Chingleput district. To the right stands Lakshmi and to the left a Vaishnava priest.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on watermarked paper

Text and image credit:
Copyright: Victoria and Albert Museum, London


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Methinks that the Vaishnava priest might be an Alwar (12 in number, they are considered to be the greatest among the devotees of Srimannarayana, similar to the 63 Nayanmars of Saivism).

More pictures would reveal the original sampradayam as well.

Lovely piece of art. The Thiruvallur temple is one of the grandest in the Kanchi region.

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