Significance of Kubera Lakshmi Tanjore Paintings
Kubera is the Lord of wealth, richness and money. He is also known as Dhanpathi. He is the king of Yaksha (the guardians of earth).
While creating wealth is the responsibility of Goddess Lakshmi, Kubera’s responsibility is to distribute them and acts as the treasurer of gods. He is frequently referred to in epics although he is not an important deity. He is considered as the owner of all the treasures of the world.
All the three religions in India – Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism – claim Kubera as their god. In Buddhism he is known as Vaisravana. He is the guardian of the North and is believed to be in the Himalayas. This is because mountains are storehouse of wealth – they are the repositories of mineral wealth. Kubera watches over the mountains – the storehouses of gold, silver, pearls, jewels and more.
Kubera is often depicted as a dwarf who is also fat and ugly with a huge belly and deformed body. He has three legs and only one eye. He has a fair complexion and has difficulty in moving around because of his deformed body. He is often depicted as carrying a money-pot or money-bag, and a club.
In Buddhist iconography he is depicted with a mongoose.
It is believed that Brahma took pity on him and ordered Viswakarma to build a chariot for him. The Pushpak was conceived and built by Viswakarma for Kubera. The chariot move on its own and it can contain a whole city because it is that huge. To avert poverty Kubera throws jewels to people living on the earth from this chariot.
In the Vedic-era texts Kubera is portrayed as the leader of evil spirits. He obtained the rank of god in the Puranas and Hindu epics.
It is said that Brahma elevated him to the stature of a god seeing Kubera performing strict austerities for thousands of years.
Ravana, Bivhishana and Kumbhakarna are the three half-brothers of Kubera. It is said that Kubera ruled Lanka once but was overthrown by Ravana. He later settled in Alaka in the Himalayas.
Lord Venkateswara (a form of the god Vishnu) and even Ravana have borrowed money from Kubera. The reason why people go to Tirupathi to contribute riches in Venkateshwara’s Hundi is so that he can pay it back to Kubera.
Kubera is prescribed to be worshipped as he is the treasurer of the riches of the world. The Headquarters of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has the idol of Kubera installed in the front. This shows the importance of Lord Kubera and Kubera Puja. All those who perform Kubera Puja will not witness lack of money in life.
Bring home a Kubera-Lakshmi Tanjore Painting and let Kubera and Lakshmi shower their blessings on you so that you can enjoy abundance of wealth and good life.