Vaman Avatar

Raja Ravi Varma

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Vamana is the fifth avatar of Vishnu. With Asura King Mahabali becoming all too powerful, Vishnu takes the form of a small boy and arrives at Mahabali's place where the king grants him anything. Vamana in turn, asks for just three paces of land, causing much amusement to Mahabali, who is confident that the young boy has asked for something trivial. Vamana then becomes bigger and bigger, covering the earth with his first step and the heavens with the second. Mahabali, realising he is outwitted, sticks to his promise and humbly offers his head for the third tract; Vamana places his foot on the king's head and sends him to patal (the netherworld).

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  • Title: Vaman Avatar
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, Lonavala
  • Location Created: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Physical Dimensions: 25 x 35 cms
  • Type: Lithograph
  • Rights: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was an Indian artist hailing from Kilimanoor in the present state of Kerala. In a brief lifespan, Varma’s output was prolific and richly textured. His realistically-detailed portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures enlightened and fascinated an international audience as much as they did his countrymen. He was visionary in other ways as well: he made art more accessible, by printing his paintings in lithographs and his technique and approaches built a bridge of mutual respect and understanding between India and the West.


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