Digital art pictures from puranic and tantric scriptures
by Rajesh Srivatsa
e-mail: rajesh@detna.com
October 2009

The Divine

This is an attempt by Rajesh Srivatsa to create spiritual environment through the digital art pictures.

The symbols, colors and details used in the images are taken from both the puranic and tantric scriptures. But not direct adoptions of those details.
Shabda mantras and Beeja mantras shown in devanagari and english texts are selected very carefully. Because it's wellknown that energy created from the sounds of these mantras may affect on both the ways good or evil. In some pictures mandalas were shown.

Mandals are nothing but a symbolic map of universe. Sometimes they may represent all 14 Lokas as in 'Srichakra' sometimes it may represent any single loka like in Ganesh yantra. Sometimes it may represent palace of the diety or may be just a place arrangement. Most of all these maps contains bhupuras (outer border with openings at 4 directions), circles, lotus, and six cornered figure and a triangle in inside it and finaly a dot at the centre inside that triangle.

Ganesha
Ganesha: According to Ganapatya tantric cult Ganesha is the Parabrahmathe supreme energy. When there was nothing before the formation of universe the space (?) was filled with a sound 'Gam'. Gam its the moola bijakshara of Ganesha. Parabrahma emerged in the form of Ganapathi with ultimate cosmic sound 'OM'. ( Gam which initiates everything and we can recall Ganesha is to be worship firrst before any thing even before start worship other gods.) With his emergence all the obstcles were removed for the creation of world. This piCture illustrates emergence of Ganesha from 'Gam' Mandala with Omkara in his hands and stomach. He is shown in red color. In Yoga the first chakra of the kundalini is Mooladara Chakra which is in red color at the bottom end of the back bone of our body and ganesha is the God of Mooladhara Chakra and also in Ganpathiatharvasheersha it was said that Gansha is 'Rakhavarna' (deep red or blood red literaly) (red is one of the three primary colors) and green cactus like textures around him are symbolic of obstacles getting removing with the emergence of Ganesha.


Bhadra Ganesh
Bhadra Ganesh: Here Bhadra means Mangal. Ganesh is the mangalaroopi with conserts Siddhi Devi and Riddhi Devi. Kshema and laabha are the two sons of ganesh (however many holy texts says he is unmarried) according to Vijayagama shipla samhitha, Bhadra Ganesh has only two hands, red in color, dressed with red clothes, pictures drawn from ashtagandha (eight kind of aromatic substances) along his trunk, having his own tusk (Shubh) piece in the right hand and lotus (Laabh is also lotus, symbol of Lakshmi) in the lefthand, brihath-udhara means large stomach , riding on a car pulling by two rats after a satisfied meals, he is in a happy mood and 'Shantha Netra' very calm eyes holy spirits showering flowers on his path, showing symboliclly. Even dharshan of Bhadra Ganesh at the morning results in a joyfull whole day.


Surya
Shiva


Varaha
Krishna / Murali Mohana


Narasimha
Nrasimha: One of the most celebrated incarnations of lord Vishnu. Lord revealed himself as the ferocious Man-Lion bursting out of pillar. Though he is ferocious he is the dearest to his devootees. His hands in the abhaya(protection) and varada (boon bestowal) guestures. Kshroum beejakshra of Narasimha, here Narasimha has been shown as bursting out from the pillar with cosmic light surrounding him which is symbolised by mandala or six cornered shape with sound Kshroum. Though lord has Lion face most of puranic details describes him as 'Shwetha Varna' white in color. But it is enclosed by burning sparks of fire that emante from his body itself. Display of Narsimha figures in homes removes insecure feelings from the minds of people living there and destory evil, black magic powers from the place.


Agni Durga / Jwalaa Devi
Agnidurga / Durga is worshiped all over the country as a great Mother. She is the Goddess of energy. In Vedic period she was associated with 'Agni' the Fire God and also with Sun God. She is Soorya Mandala Madyastha, means residing in Soorya mandala. She is the Mahamaya (Great Illussion) power of Vishnu and Shakti (energy) of Shiva. She is power which destroy darkness (tamoharini) here she is surrounded by panchagni (5 flame) holding weapons disk - couch (weapons of Vishnu) a traident (weapon of Shiva and Mangalagni (fire which brings good fortune)


Karyasiddhi Hanuman
Karyasiddhi Hanuman: A rare figurative form of Hanuman (Bhaktha Anjaneya, Veeranjaneya are very common figurative forms) worshipped in some parts of Karnataka shilpa shastras gives details as Hanuman returning from Lanka after he found Sita in Ashoka Van, he is sitting before Sriram obediantly but proudly after his completion of great task. He is reporting all details to Ram and showing him 'Choodamani' (pearl bindiya on her forehead given by her father as a gift) got from Sita for exchange of Sri Rama's ring, sugreeva king of Vanara's allowed all monkeys to loot the royal garden (symbolically shown with mango and coconut bunches) to clebrate this happy occassion which is shown as monkeys dancing around Hanuman in the figure. Ham is the one of Hanuman beeja mantras. It is said that way to get hanuman's blessings to finish great tasks is by worship of Hanuman in the form of 'Karyasiddhi Hanuman'.


Naga
Naga: Snakes are cosiderd as holy spirits and is associated with most of all gods in hindu religion. Nagas are resposible for the security of the hidden treasures Shankha nidhi and Padma nidhi shown at the bottom of the mandala. Naga worship removes obstcles and bad fortunes for marriages and in having descent. Usually 9 main nagas are worshiped in practice Anantha , Kalinga, Vasuki, Karkotaka, Padma, Shesha , Dritharastra and Shanka. At the top Navanaga mandala is shown with all beejaksharas. Langula 'plounge weapon' for protection shown in all directions. In some parts of the country nagin's with eggs alon with nagas also worshiped as in puja agamas if nagas to be worshiped in pictures - they should have white and yellow color.