This canvas painting depicts a pivotal moment in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. As Rama and his army prepare to battle the demon king Ravana, they must first cross the ocean to reach Lanka. Rama prays to Varuna, the god of oceans, for permission to pass through his waters.
When he doesn’t receive a response, an angered Rama threatens to shoot a fiery arrow into the ocean. This prompts Varuna to appear before Rama and grant him permission to cross.
This moment serves as a catalyst for the next events in the story, as Rama and his army finally reach Lanka and engage in a epic battle against Ravana. The painting captures the tension and intensity of this key moment, showcasing Rama’s determination and strength.
It also highlights the cultural belief in divine intervention, as Rama must seek permission from Varuna before proceeding with his mission. The painting is thus both a captivating story depiction and a window into Hindu culture and beliefs.