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Paintings of Lord Ram by Raja Ravi Varma

01/6Lord Ram through the brush of Raja Ravi Varma

Lord Ram is one of the most respected and righteous figures in Hinduism. He is the central character of the epic Ramayana and is the epitome of righteousness and virtue. Through the Ramayana, we get to know about the challenges Lord Ram faced during his exile and his battle against the demon king Ravana. Filled with moral teachings, the Ramayana teaches us about dharma and the triumph of good over evil.
Here we list 5 iconic paintings of Lord Ram, painted by Raja Ravi Varma.

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02/6Sri Rama Conquers Varuna

This painting portrays an important moment in the Ramayana when Lord Ram confronts the mighty ocean god Varuna. It is said that because the waves were too high, Lord Ram and his army could not cross the ocean on their way to Lanka, so, Lord Ram had to threaten Varuna.
The scene is one of determination and power as Lord Ram demands the ocean to part and make way for him to reach Lanka. Ravi Varma brilliantly depicts the tension in the air, with Rama’s stern expression and the turbulent waves.

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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03/6Coronation of Rama

With bold and vibrant colours, the painting ‘The Coronation of Rama’ is a visual delight that captures the royal event of Lord Rama’s ascension to the throne. The painting showcases Rama, accompanied by Mata Sita, receiving the crown. The composition exudes a sense of celebration along with a moment of calm at the same time. Unlike the other royal coronations full of pomp and show, this one is simple and done with a close circle of people. Raja Ravi Varma uses a palette of rich, royal colours, emphasising the importance of the event. The detailing in the attire and expressions of the characters adds to the overall realism of the scene.

(Image: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation/GoogleArts)

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04/6Sri Rama breaking Shiva’s bow

This iconic painting depicts the legendary Swayamvar of Sita, where suitors compete to string Lord Shiva’s divine bow. Ultimately, only Lord Rama could accomplish the task and thus won Mata Sita in the Swayamvar. Ravi Varma captures the intensity of the moment as Rama effortlessly breaks the bow, earning him the right to marry Sita. The use of warm and contrasting colours enhances the drama of the scene. Sita gazes admirably at Lord Ram, while onlookers express a mix of awe and disbelief. The painting beautifully shows the strength and valour of Lord Ram.

(Image: Wikipedia)

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05/6Ramapanchayan

Ramapanchayan is a painting of Lord Ram along with his three brothers, Mata Sita and Hanuman ji. The painting radiates a sense of family unity and Hanuman ji’s devotion for Lord Ram through his folded hands and soft expressions. Raja Ravi Varma skillfully captures the serene and spiritual atmosphere of the ritual with a soft colour palette. The details in the painting, including the clothes, ornaments, landscape and the expressions of devotion on the characters’ faces is a delight to look at.

(Image: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation/GoogleArts)

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06/6Ram Vanvas

The Ram Vanvas painting portrays Lord Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman in a boat as they went towards their exile. With an evening backdrop and gloomy expressions, the trio look ahead with Mata Sita’s head on Ram ji’s shoulder and Lakshman standing on the side. Ravi Varma very well paints the emotions of exile, with Ram’s contemplative expression and Sita’s somber demeanour. The subdued, soft colours give a sense of sadness, highlighting the challenges faced by the characters during their period of exile.

(Image: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation/GoogleArts)

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