This is a traditional Pattachitra painting of LordÂ Ganesha engraved on palm leaf!Â This painting is made by fine line drawings etched with a stylus on rectangular strips of palm leaves that are delicately strung together.Â Â A beautiful border and corner design add to the final finish and frame of this piece.Â
GaneshaÂ symbolizes wisdom, strength and fortune.Â As the remover of obstacles, he is one of the most benevolent gods in Hinduism.Â
Dating back to the 12th century AD, this art form was traditionally made on fabric or leaves while the colors were extracted from natural stones, conches and lamp soot. The motifs are typically mythological in nature with emotive facial expressions and were originally used as offerings to the Lord Jagganath.
The painting is done by Prakash Kumar Maharana,Â a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State.