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.

ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on watermarked paper

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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.

வீரராகவஸ்வாமி Veeragperumal - Padmanabhaswamy sleeping on coiled snake शान्ताकारं भुजगशयनम पद्मनाभं सुरेशं विश्वाधारं गगनसदृशं मेघवर्णं शुभांगम लक्ष्मीकान्तं कमलनयनं योगिभिर्ध्यानगम्यं वन्दे विष्णु भवभयहरं सर्वलोकैकनाथं !