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Ambika

Raja Ravi Varma1880

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Goddess Ambika is one of the forms of Parvati or Durga. Widely worshipped, Ambika, also referred to as Devi, Amba is the goddess of autumn and harvest. She is the Divine Shakti and rids her devotees of all their sufferings and provides them comfort. She is either represented with four arms as in the case here or with eight arms. The benign face is representative of the grace and blessings that she showers on her devotees.

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  • Title: Ambika
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Location Created: Bengaluru, India
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Rights: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Malavli, Lonavala
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), India’s foremost artist, who took art to the masses, hailed from Kilimanoor, in the erstwhile state of Travancore. From a very young age, Ravi Varma, was drawn towards art, imbibing techniques from his uncle and mentor Raja Raja Varma and his mother, Umayamba Bayi, a poet in her own right. Varma was much sought after by the Royals and owing to his popularity and reputation, his spectacular and richly-textured works were prolific. His realistic portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures fetched him instant and enduring success, lifting his standing in the art world. If the Royals and his countrymen were in awe of this great talent, the international world was spellbound by his imagination and creativity. He ensured that art would be accessible to all, through reproductions of his paintings which were made available, and affordable to everyone.

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