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Panca Tattva: The Supreme Lord In Five Features

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TA0003 | Panca Tattva: The Supreme Lord In Five Features (1983)

This painting by Muralidhara Dasa is particularly famous because it’s a standard in most books printed by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, and appears in most temples on altars, hanging on walls, and in kitchens.  The surprising thing about this painting is when you see it in full as it was painted. There’s a large part at the top that you don’t normally get to see.

Most prints are done standard sizes (e.g. 8″x10″ or even 20″x24″), but because of aspect ration, this overly-tall painting usually gets cropped, and the top of the altar in the painting usually disappears.

It’s especially charming because in among the lovely marble and curtain details is a round portrait mounted high in the temple’s cupola. And this little reproduction is a copy of another relatively well-known BBT painting called ‘Radha Worshiping Krishna‘ (catalog number TA0012).

The painting itself depicts Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who reinvigorated the Krishna consciousness movement in India in the 1500s. Here He is surrounded by His principal associates, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Gadadhara, and Srivas. When shown like this, all five personalities in these traditional poses, it is often called Pancha Tattva (there are several spellings for this phrase) which translates to ‘Five aspects of God’ or ‘Five Aspects of Absolute Truth’.

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The full size painting is often cropped at the top to leave out the smaller detail of the Radha-Krishna painting in the cupola.

This image has been remastered and is available as a variety of print size. Temples can special order large-format prints of this painting on canvas or poster stock. For any special requests, email us at contact@krishna.com and reference the catalog number (This is the number that starts TA…).