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Trayambaka, 2020

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This painting I dedicated to the inimitable Irrfan Khan, is inspired by one of the names for Lord Shiva used in Rig Veda, “Trayambaka” - the three-eyed one. I first learned about it through Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra - 


“Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe 
Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam..”


Om, We Worship the Tryambaka 
Who is Fragrant (as the Spiritual Essence), Increasing the Nourishment (of our Spiritual Core);
From these many Bondages (of Samsara)
May I be Liberated from Death (Attachment to Perishable Things),
So that I am not separated from the perception of Immortality.


The color blue represents an infinite and all-pervading reality – formless Brahman, the all-encompassing truth. Yellow, in Hinduism, symbolises the quality of being sacred or saintly. White is the color of hibiscus which is considered to be of special importance to Lord Shiva. It is also the color of camphor/Kapur used in Puja and believed to aid in self-realization by removing blockages of our chakras.

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