I have a small obsession with street artwork. You can get framed pictures of various Hindu gods for about Rs. 200 ($2) from various street shops. I can rarely find them on demand, but there’s usually one near a kovil, especially near the port. I’ve also found them in Vavuniya and parts of Dehiwela. I went to Sri Kethireseran street to one familiar shop, but it was closed. Instead I found a push cart on the street selling these stickers. They are awesome. I’ve uploaded some photos of the set here. They include Mahinda Rajapakse, MG, baby Ganesh hugging a lingam, Hanuman, baby Krishna, Kali, etc.
The guy selling them told me some of the stories. Shiva is Ganesh’s father I knew, but I’d never seen a family portrait before (with baby Katharagama as well). There was also some weird situation where Shiva and Parvati got in a fight and Shiva made a half Shiva half Parvati, I didn’t buy or understand that. Then there are the traditional babies and now images of Mahinda. I bought a bunch of stickers and paid about Rs. 400.