Ram Sagar Darpa Haran or Rama Vanquishing the Ocean

Ravi Varma Press1880

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

Arriving at the edge of the ocean in search of Sita, Lord Rama, accompanied by his brother Lakshmana and the vanarasena are stymied by the dangerous and choppy waters. With his request to Varuna, the Lord of the ocean, seeking a path across the ocean going unheard, an angry Rama whips out his bow to aim the feared Brahmastra at the ocean. Fearing Rama's wrath, Varuna and his consorts supplicate themselves before him, knowing that the Brahmastra would destroy the ocean completely; as a helpful gesture, Varuna suggests a bridge being built over it to so that Rama and his army can reach the Lankan shores where Sita is being held captive by the Rakshasa king Ravana.


  • Title: Ram Sagar Darpa Haran or Rama Vanquishing the Ocean
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Art Form: Print
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, 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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