Hari is Vishnu, the preserver. Hara is Shiva the destroyer. These two are the ones from the Trinity Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh that are worshipped. Hari Hara is a concept from the Advaita where they are seen as one unified entity. Advaita apparent from its name itself is non duality. Hari Hara is seen as embodiment of the ultimate reality of the Brahman. Sometimes they are even shown in one body, where vishnu is the left half which is blue and Shiva is the right half which is white. In this particular picture by Raja Ravi Varma, Vishnu and Shiva are shown in different bodies along with their consorts. Vishnu has Shri Lakshmi by him. Lakshmi as the embodiment of material wealth is shown giving alms to Shiva who by choice is a mendicant. Shiva has Parvati with Ganesha in her lap.
Though the painter has kept both these deities separate, he chooses to conjoin Vishnu’s elephant with Shiva’s Nandi. When seen from one side it is an elephant’s head. From the opposite side it is Nandi’s head.
This is a vintage print based on a Ravi Varma painting. This is a screen print printed in Ravi Varma press Karla Lonavla.
Size is 10 b 14 inch.
Price is inclusive of economy shipping.
By default this print comes unframed. Contact me in case you would like custom framing. I have many different vintage wood frames. For this size framing using vintage wood frames starts at Rs 600, using acrylic glass, which is safe from breakage in shipping.