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Royal paintings of Jodhpur

Detail from Rama's Army Crosses the Ocean to Lanka. From the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532-1623). Jodhpur, c. 1775. British Museum

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Of the many illustrations by Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906) which are available at Wikipedia, this is one of my favorites. I really like the details here, such as Rama's sandals on the throne. I was glad to include this in the Sunday class announcements since Sunday is a busy day; I hope a lot of people got to see this one.

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Lakshman Rekha, in which Lakshman draws a line circled their hut in the forest. When Sita requests to catch the deer, Rama follows it and tries to kill when it takes the form of a demon Maricha. dying the Rakshasa he agrees to go as he should obey Sita’s requests. Hence to protect her he draws a line around the hut, through which no one can enter inside, if so anyone enters, they burn to ashes and requests Sita not to step out of it until his and Rama return.

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