This magnificient painting, in all its wealth of colours in the magical Mysore style, details, the churning of the celestial Milky Sea that gave the multi-faceted riches to our Universe.
A mythical masterpiece of rare imagination this puranic story of creation of wealth and Amrita was so precisely chiselled by the artist as to depict the eternal tug-of-war between the good and the bad to possess the wealth (the devas and asuras taking sides). Lord Vishnu not only took the form of the divine tortoise to stabilise the churning mountain, but saw to it that the devils did not get the share of nectar, through the Mohini Avatar. Vasuki-the deadliest snake of etheral worlds was used as the rope, which had spat the most poisonous venom and Lord Siva saved the Universe by swallowing it.
Mohini-the celestial temptress, which is another incarnation of Vishnu is exquisitely portrayed.
Amongst all these happenings of creating the world, out of Milky Seas was born the Goddess Lakshmi, the embodiment of all wealth-including bhakti. This aspect is aptly shown by the gorgeous garland of green and gold flowers. Be it a drawing room, hall of prayer or office, this painting is like a solitaire dazzling with beauty.
This could perhaps be the wealthiest collection of art of any art rasika.