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Arts of Nepal: Achal by Lok Chitrakar

Achal

Achal by Lok Chitrakar
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Code: #LC8
By Lok Chitrakar
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Size: 25.00 x 27.00 in
Material: Canvas
Medium: Stone color
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Description about Achal

"Achal has a body dark blue in colour with one face and two hands. The right hand holds aloft a sword and the left performs the wrathful gesture at the heart. Above a lotus and sun seat [he] stands with the right leg bent and the left straight [atop] Vighnanraja [Lord of Hindrances - the elephant headed Ganesh]. Wearing a lower garment of tiger skin, having three eyes, red and round, orange hair flowing upward, all the limbs adorned with snakes, [he] stands in the middle of a blazing mass of fire." (The Narthang Gyatsa of Lord Atisha).

The snakes appear as gold bands and the hair as yellow. Draped over the shoulders is a thin yellow scarf and looped over the left shoulder a large green snake serves in place of a Brahmin's cord. A three-pointed crown and hair ribbons decorate the head along with a yellow goatee and moustache. The earrings are in the shape of large bone plugs in the style of Kanphat yogis. The left hand in a wrathful gesture also holds a vajra tipped lasso. The tiger skin is fastened with a green sash. Completely enveloped by orange flame the right foot presses on the elephant head of Ganesh (Ganapati), white in colour with one face, two eyes and two hands, black hair and a gold crown. The right arm cradles the head. He is without hand objects and wears a tiger skin as a lower garment. The forehead is marked with a tilika, Hindu sect marker, and the trunk is painted red in honour of the god Shiva. The seat is an orange sun disc atop a multi-coloured lotus blossom rising above a stylized stem with four branching red buds. A Tibetan letter RAM is written at the lower left side. Decorating the top is a latticework of gold lines and drops of red lotus buds.

Achal was a very popular deity in the early period of the Sarma Schools, 11th to 13th centuries. The single aspect arose predominantly from the Siddhaikavira Tantra of White Manjushri. As an Anuttarayoga deity, arising from the Canadamaharoshana Tantra, he is portrayed embracing a consort in a complex mandala surrounded by a retinue of deities.

 
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Lok Chitrakar
Date of Birth : 1961-03-25

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