Ravana Carrying Off Sita and Opposed by Jatayu

Raja Ravi Varma1906

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

One of the few paintings by Raja Ravi Varma that depicts violence and bloodshed, this scene is taken from the Indian epic Ramayana. Ravana cuts off Jatayu's wing when the bird attempts to rescue Sita from his evil clutches as he abducts her to Lanka. Jatayu is the loyal devotee of Rama and tries to stop the demon king from taking Sita. The scene is set in a desert, or a dry, arid area.


  • Title: Ravana Carrying Off Sita and Opposed by Jatayu
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1906
  • Physical Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India
  • Location: Mysore, Karnataka
  • Location Created: India
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Jatayu, Sita, Ravana, museum, Mysore
  • Original Source: Srirkanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery Trust, Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Dimensions: 60" x 84"
  • 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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