Thanjavur paintings depict the theme of deities and saints of Hindu religion and also religious figures. The paintings are famous for its richness, vivid colors, and also for traditional designs. The paintings are embellished with decorative gemstones. Thematically besides the traditional figures of Hindu deities, images of other religious figures like Gurunanak, Saibaba and Mother Mary are also exemplified in the Thanjavur style of painting. Apart from keeping in the temple these paintings are used in the ritual purposes, for decorating house, and also gifted in special occasions.