Neelkantha

Neelkantha

A painting : Acrylic on canvas 19″ x 25″

According to Hindu mythological legends, during the Samudra Manthan (churning of the oceans), as the ocean was being churned by the devas (Gods) and Asuras (demons),  the first thing to appear from the ocean was a dark sticky foam, the poison Halahala. Its fumes started to spread in the air and water. This terrified both the gods and demons because the poison was so powerful that it could destroy all of creation. The gods approached Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva drank the Halahala poison and saved the world. Goddess Parvati caught hold of his neck, stopping the poison from entering Lord Shiva’s body. To this day the poison remains stuck in Lord Shiva’s throat, colouring is it blue and giving Him the name Neelkantha or the Blue-throated One.
In this painting Lord Shiva has just swallowed the Halahala poison. The poison has inflamed his body and is stuck in his throat. Unmindful of the effects of the poison Lord Shiva is meditating peacefully.

 

 

Neelkantha

A painting : Acrylic on canvas 19″ x 25″

 

 

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