Sarasvati, Vishnu, and Lakshmi standing in the portals of the temple, the arches with floral patterned pillars supported by white lions, the seven snake heads of Ananta appearing above the head of Vishnu, the tiered galleries above with manifestations of Vishnu and his entourage, a shrine at the apex with Vishnu seated on his vahana Garuda accompanied by his consorts Sarasvati and Lakshmi, entwined nagas forming the festoons of the temple and supporting the multi-tiered canopy, ten avatars of Vishnu above, the temple set against a deep blue background with geometrically arranged compartments featuring deities relating to the Anatavrata rite, eight nagas in the ocean beneath the temple, with musicians below accompanying the Vajracharya, and presided over by King Bhupatindra Malla and Prince Ranajita Malla, attended by Siddheswari Devi, Ratnabhadra and Suvarna Deva.
Hugo E. Kreijger, Kathmandu Valley Painting, The Jucker Collection, Boston, 1999, p. 62, no. 18.
This important painting was commissioned in 1716 on the accomplishment of fourteen years of performing the rite of Anantavrata by the Brahmin Suvarnadeva, son of Ratnabhadra. Two inscriptions, the first in Sanskrit and the second in Newari, are translated as follows.
Greetings to Shri-Ananta. May it be auspicious. In the year 836, on the fourteenth day of the bright half of the Bha-dra month, on Monday, during Garakaran_a and Atigan_d_ yoga (this painting was consecrated). Having properly performed the rite of Avantavrata for fourteen years, the Brahmin named Suvarnadeya, the son of Ratnabhadra, commissioned (this painting). I bow down to Ananta. Learned people consider him Shabda Brahma (but even) yogis do not know him well. Some regard him as a flame of the ever-burning lamp of knowledge. Some consider him an incarnation of Manu. Those who believe in the philosophy of Mi-ma-msa and Tantra think that he is Shiva (Isha). However, according to wise logicians he is the creator god.
On Monday, the fourteenth of the bright half of Bhadra, during the Dhanes_t_ha naksa_tra and the Atigan_d_a yoga, during the karan_a muhurta, when the sun was in Virgo and the moon in Aquarius, in the year 836 (c. August-September 1716 AD) Ratnabhadra and his wife Siddhevari and their son Suvarnadeva, along with others, eight persons altogether, accomplished the Anata vrata and consecrated this paubha (patibha-Ia), may it be auspicious. Each year this paubha should be displayed at the place where the Anata vrata is performed. May we achieve the affection of shri shri shri Anata vrata; may it be thus!
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