Ganjifa (Navagraha) 3 Card Painting.Ganjifa is the ancient art of painting which flourished in the Mysore region under the patronage of Krishnaraja Wodeyar. Ganjifa comes from the Persian word ?ganj? meaning treasury, wealth, money. Ganjifa painting was originally used on playing cards made from paper. The paper was first covered with a mixture of tamarind seed powder and oil. Then it was painted with natural colours and coated with lac. Traditionally, Ganjifa cards for royalty were made of ivory, tortoise shell or mother of pearl. Today paper, leather, palm leaf or cloth is used. These miniature paintings with mythological motifs from the Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Dashavatara are popular and adorn the walls of many modern day homes.