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God of Wisdom by molee God of Wisdom by molee

This piece particularly took me a long time, because I was experiencing a bad art-block for the past 3 months. 
I am still planning on improving certain elements considering I am not 100% satisfied with this yet. 


anyways.. here's the description:


Vipratamahkavinam - the greatest sage among sages

Throughout the Vedas, Indra - the lord of gods, is praised as one foremost in wisdom and as the one highest sage.

In Rig Veda Mandala 10 Sukta 112, sloka 9 it says:

नि षु सीद गणपते गणेषु तवामाहुर्विप्रतमंकवीनाम | 
न रते तवत करियते किं चनारे महामर्कंमघवञ्चित्रमर्च ||

Lord of the hosts, sit down among us, they call thee the greatest sage among sages; without thee nothing is done in the distance; great, wondrous, Maghavan, is the hymn I sing thee.
(note: he is praised as Ganapathi - lord of hosts. )

He is again praised as the sage among sages in mandala 6, Sukta 32, sloka 3:

स वह्निभिर्र्क्वभिर्गोषु शश्वन मितज्ञुभिः पुरुक्र्त्वा जिगाय | 
पुरः पुरोहा सखिभिः सखीयन दर्ळ्हा रुरोज कविभिः कविः सन ||

Achiever of great deeds, with priests who kneel and laud him, he hath conquered in the frays for cattle,
And broken down the forts, the Fort-destroyer, a Friend with friends, a Sage among the sages.

In Mandala 6, Sukta 30, sloka 1, Sage Bharadvaja says:

Indra increased in might in display of valour; He the lord of all, the imperishable, bestows felicity to his worshipers. Indra surpasses both the worlds, a mere portion of him is equal to both heaven and earth.

In Mandala 7, Sukta 20, sloka 6, Sage Vasishta says:

He who devotes himself to the mighty Indra never falls to ruin, nor will he perish!;
The protector of sacred rites, the progeny of sacrifice, bestows prosperity on him who offers to Indra praises and prayers with sacrifice.

In Mandala 8 , Sukta 1, sloka 6, Sage Kanva says:

You are more precious Indra, than my own father, or than my unaffectionate brother; you oh giver of dwellings are equal to my mother, for you both bless me with prosperity.

In Satapatha Brahmana Kanda 6, Adhyaya 1, Brahmana 1 , it is written:

Verily, in the beginning there was here the non-existent . As to this they say, 'What was that non-existent?' The Rishis, assuredly,it is they that were the non-existent . As to this they say, 'Who were those Rishis?' The Rishis, doubtless, were the vital airs: inasmuch as before (the existence of) this universe, they, desiring it, wore themselves out (rish) with toil and austerity, therefore (they are called) Rishis.
This same vital air in the midst doubtless is Indra. He, by his power (indriya), kindled those vital airs from the midst; and inasmuch as he kindled (indh), he is the kindler (indha): the kindler indeed, him they call 'Indra' mystically , for the gods love the mystic. They (the vital airs), being kindled, created seven separate persons (purusha).

In the Tamil text Thirukural by Thirvalluvar, Indra is used as the paradigm for one who has conquered the five senses. 
Kural 25:

ஐந்தவித்தான் ஆற்றல் அகல்விசும்பு ளார்கோமான்
இந்திரனே சாலுங் கரி

Aindhaviththaan Aatral Akalvisumpu Laarkomaan
Indhirane Saalung Kari

and indirectly praised here:

பொறிவாயில் ஐந்தவித்தான் பொய்தீர் ஒழுக்க
நெறிநின்றார் நீடுவாழ் வார்

Porivaayil Aindhaviththaan Poidheer Ozhukka
Nerinindraar Neetuvaazh Vaar

Those shall long proposer who abide in the faultless way of Him who has destroyed the five desires of the senses

The "Him" here is clearly Lord Indra taking verse number 25 into consideration.

It is amazing to note that in whole of Thirukural, the only god ever mentioned is Indra.

as for Garuda on Indra's shoulder:

In the Vedas, Garuda is described as Indra's messenger, who brings to him the divine Soma.


Some of you folks might not be aware of the characters in this image, I would suggest that you can start from my earlier artworks where I've shared info on the gods.
but to put it shortly

Indra - the one sitting atop the mountain, is the king of gods, god of wisdom and felicity, god of war etc. basically he's multifaceted and he's akin to Zeus in Greek mythology but a lot nicer. The reason he's golden haired is because he represents the sun as well.
 
The seven men are the seven sages or the Saptarishis(sapta-seven, rishi-sage), they are godly men of wisdom who are revered even today, and many trace their lineage back to some of these sages.  Starting from right the seven sages here are : Gautama, Bharadwaja, Agastya, Vishwamitra, Atri, Vasishta, Jamadagni
Also the asterism "big dipper" is said to represent the seven sages.  


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HammerinInkminer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
...this is a very nice image, especially considering you're still not 100% satisfied with it.
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WildFlower700 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Very beautiful!:)
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UniBrain Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
I don't subscribe to religion  (I am atheistic) but this is cool art.
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dsharmadotcom Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Those who believe there's a God above us and those who believe there's no God above us are both fools, because they believe what they do not know.  
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saurabhskambli Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
where can i get your Art's !! ?? 
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Psycho-arts Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome artwork sir 
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Aigineus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
Of all your great work this one is by far the most splendid. I'll gladly wait for the new version of it.
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srihariraomr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   Digital Artist
hello im a huge fan i just started as a concept artist in a game studio ..would like to contact you for improving myself in art and ideas 
if you share your email id or some way to contact u other than deviant art it would be an honor 
it will mean a lot me 

thanks you 

srihari rao
hope u reply 
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molee Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
He is described as one with golden/tawny/ yellow hair(harikesha) in Rig Veda. His whole form is golden. 
The reason he is described as of golden form is because he identified as one with the sun, and throughout the scriptures he is again and again described as one of golden hair,beard and body. Besides his form is more symbolic than literal. 
I have even explained it in the description that he is golden haired due to him being identified as one with the Sun. 

The same description is used for Virata Purusha as one of golden form. 
The word Hari originally meant yellow in Sanskrit, and it's the same reason it is used to describe the Sun and also Turmeric(Haridra), Lions(golden fur) and Monkeys(golden fur).
Over a course of period the meaning has changed to green and is mistranslated as "dark" by some people. 
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sahin11 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
Can I use it in my website or do i need to purchase it?
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
you're so good!
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rohanrpednekar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist
all gr8
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nudernalg Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
And also you all
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nudernalg Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Molee watch me please
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nudernalg Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
is not best is better molee ji look at my drawins on NUDERNALG and all of you say wath you think
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SicilianValkyrie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
The only word that I can think of while watching this is "magnificent". Really beautiful and inspiring!
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molee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
:aww:
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LyraAGS Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is truly amazing!!
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*side eyes the Puranas* Great work, molee! Indra really does look great; wise, but also like he could kick ass. 
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PrimordialNothingnes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
EPIC
The god really looks like some sort of hermit
And his size and halo are spectacular
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molee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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nudernalg Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is good make also a god shiva in battle
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Linktydraad Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Pretty. Is this from a religion based in India?
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dushyantk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Yup!!
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dushyantk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Yup!!
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Linktydraad Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Weren't they people of color? Shouldn't his skin be darker, or even a crazy color? I think Shiva has blue skin after all :)
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dushyantk Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
So not true, depends on the artist and the believer, but here the guy on the Mountain is Indra, the God of thunder, look at the lightning around his hands.
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Linktydraad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
So there's an improper title?
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molee Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No no, it is Indra indeed. He is known by many names. 
The reason he's fair skinned golden haired and bearded is because he is described so in the scriptures, due to him being identified as one with the Sun. 
Even otherwise Indians come in several colors; many of us are dark skinned, some of us are wheatish/brown(like me), some are very fair, some pale, some are light brown haired and blue/green eyes, some are mongoloid(towards he north-east) and some have very prominent Africoid features. 
I actually have many relatives who are of different colors. 
In fact there are tribes in the Himalayas who have blond hair, blue eyes. Some researchers say they have western lineage, but newer studies have shown that they are unique by themselves and are native to this land; even the religion followed by the tribes-people is very very similar to ancient Vedic Hinduism and one of their most worshiped deities is Indra himself. 
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Linktydraad Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
You are absolutely right :)
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LemmiwinksGerbilKing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Very expressive and lovely. Great work!
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Conuiron Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet I love this piece.
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Serendiipitii Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Student General Artist
This is breathtaking, I wish I could have this on my wall.
Well done for breaking through your art block, it was well worth it.
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Spideecartoon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning art piece
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Sacra-Anima Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is incredibly beautiful. The composition is very powerful and the lighting is strong. It feels awesome in the true sense of the word. The shift of reds and subtle purples really brings a feeling of magic and grace. I would love to see a larger version so I can appreciate his features, the clouds, and the floating ornament behind him. Thank you for sharing this piece!  
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
IMMEDIATELY SMITES THEM.
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deepusoman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Literally the most epic rendering of lord Shiva
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Nategold0410 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Epic!
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coolguynothot Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Can you please upload the HD version..?????
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coolguynothot Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Can you pleaseeeeee upload the HD version..?????
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