Alamelu Thayar in Tanjore Paintings
The Alamelu Thayar Tanjore Paintings, with intricate artistic work, can transform itself into an elegant showpiece in your living room or business centre. ‘Alamelu manga’ or ‘Alamelu Thayar’, also called ‘Padmavathi’ (alternatively ‘Padmavathy), is a powerful Hindu goddess. Taking the form of Lakshmi (or Laxmi), Alamelu Thayar is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Mahalakshmi and the consort of Sri Venkateshwara.
Alamelu Thayar is the goddess of Elemental Prakriti. ‘Padmavati’, as she is popularly known, comes from the Sanskrit word for "she who appeared from lotus”. The most important temple of Padmavathi is Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple found at Tiruchanur , a suburb of the famous Tirupati city at Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. There is an age-old tradition that pilgrims who visit the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati must pay their respect at this temple.
Padmavati is an important deity in Hinduism as her intercession is the key to receiving the favour of the lord. Hindus believe that Goddess Lakshmi is co-illimitable, co-omnipresent and co- giver of ‘moksham’ (meaning liberation of soul) along with Lord Vishnu. Sri Alamelu Thayar is the principal goddess for the people of Vaishnava sect or Sri Vaishnavites in particular and Hindus, on the whole.
The name ‘Alamelu Manga’, an old Tamil term, is a combination of three words that roughly translates into ‘Alar’ (lotus), ‘Mel’ (up or aloft) and ‘Mangai’ (lady). Many traditional households in South India name their girl child as Alamelu, as it is a highly popular name associated with goddess Lakshmi. In addition to this, there are several variations in the Hindu culture.
Nammalwar, one of the twelve Alwar saints of Tamil Nadu, has sung praises of Alamelu Thayar in his Thiruvaymozhi. Poet Sri Annamacharya, a steadfast devotee of Alamelu Thayar, has most of his Tamil works centred around the goddess. His well-known Kritis (musical composition that characterize the Carnatic form of music) are written and composed in praise of the deity.