There are a mix of Hindus and Sikhs in our family.

Am really fascinating by Ramayana, Mahabharata, what Hinduism really is (philosophy, way of life)

I am more comfortable and gravitate towards Sikhism (interesting there are lot of references to Hinduism in Shri Guru Granth Sahib, and several beliefs are similar to Hinduism, such as Karma, reincarnation)

I also love to paint, particularly anything related to Indian subcontinent.

Several of my coworkers appreciate my paintings. One of them showed me photo of very old painting of Lord Ganesh, Mother Parvati and Bholenath.

Very beautiful photo. Quite detailed and colorful.

Question: I would like to paint this and gift it to that coworker. Is it ok to do so even though I am not Hindu. Is there anything in Hindu faith I need to be aware of if I do this?

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    yes. (1) if you keep it respectful , then its okay (2) if you make it with devotion to deity, then its good . For reference, just see the devotion with which sculptors and idol makers make such beautiful idols and temples since generations.
    – zaxebo1
    May 6, 2018 at 13:59
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    Yes, of course I shall keep it respectful. And I do respect these great beings (or metaphors of nature, depending on ones belief) who existed thousands of years ago. I just love the awe and beauty of India's culture and am optimistic about India's future. May 6, 2018 at 15:03
  • personal advice not allowed on this forum. And why would it not be ok? May 7, 2018 at 4:54

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Yes definitely you can. But you must have to be respectful to their dignity because now a days people are adding their own fantasies while painting which is fair but not while painting God and Goddess.

  • Certainly will have utmost respect. May 8, 2018 at 22:19
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    – user14995
    May 12, 2018 at 12:05

If it is your profession, you like it and portray the painting to evoke Bhakthi what is wrong?

illustrations commissioned by ISKON in Bhagavatha are all not made by Hindus. When Greek architure was influecing Hindu traditional iconography (Gandhara style) it was accepted, assimilated and even later admired.

For such works of art I (for one) think there is a big cultural as well as commercial future as it shows respect for other religion and art forms in diversity.

  • I paint for enjoyment :-) May 8, 2018 at 22:19
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    May 12, 2018 at 12:06

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