This painting is an exquisite depiction of Lord Shiva and his sacred vehicle Nandi, painted in the traditional Kalamkari art. It is a type of hand printed style on a cotton textile done with a tamarind pen using natural dyes; it originated by an art of storytelling, depicting divine characters and mesmerized motifs of flowers and other patterns.
Here Lord Shiva is seated on his royal chariot, being driven by four Nandi, saddled in alluring patterns and beautiful ornamentations. Shiva’s chariot is portrayed in unique styles and layers of designs that cover its wheels, is one of the most eye-catching composition. His chariot is accompanied by a tiger at the back, which is the sacred vahana of Shiva's consort, Goddess Parvati.
The one sitting in front of Shiva is his charioteer, who rides the chariot. You may be overwhelmed by the flourished jewels that adorn the chariot and also Shiva himself enhancing his leadership and divinity. Shiva is garbed in tiger skin, with his matted hair presented in the most realistic manners. Framed in a chained floral border, this striking red and white color combination gives a royal and classy touch to this masterpiece.