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Devi Shakti

Devi Shakti

The rituals of worshipping Mother Goddess have a deep and prominent root in every civilization. The description of her in Indian mythology is fascinating and a miscellany of multiple dimensions. Sometime, she is represented as Parvati or Uma, one of the most beautiful and tranquil image of Mother Goddesses and on the other hand she is furious, grotesque looking, when appears as Kali. She is Annapurna, the giver of food and nourishment; she is Shitala, the Goddess of small pox. She is indeed many-sided and sometime with multiple eyes and faces. She is Adi or the beginning and at the same time Antya or the end. Sage Markandaya explains her as the creator of the world in Devi Mahatmya (a Shakta text, written between 400-600 CE).

She is the consort of Lord Shiva and also the Maya, who wakes up Lord Vishnu from yoga nidra to kill the demons Madhu and Kaitabha. She is Mahamaya, who creates herself from the amalgam of Gods' Shaktis. She is Devi Durga,...

Key words : Devi Shakti, Navaratri, Devi, Durrga, Fastival India, LDM, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, L.D. Museum

Categories : Painting

The 'Concourse' Exhibition in Srinagar

The 'Concourse' Exhibition in Srinagar

The art exhibition titled as 'Concourse', held at Srinagar between 17th June and 24th June, 2018, was unique in many ways. It was, organized by a voluntary cultural organization, 'Kashmir Art Quest'. Art exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, printmaking and photography are not being held regularly during the last several years as they used to be held during the decades of 1970s and 1980s. Especially, within Jammu and Kashmir state had emerged a cordial brotherhood of artists, comprising Kashmiri Muslim and Kashmiri Hindu (also called Pandits) painters and sculptors since India's Independence (i.e since 1947). It is indeed a happy development that the active community of Kashmiri Muslim artists based in the Kashmir Valley, have been feeling that the Kashmiri Hindu artists who had either settled in Jammu or elsewhere outside the Jammu and Kashmir state should come together along with the former, on one platform, so that art scene in Kashmir can become lively and vigorous once again....

Key words : The Concourse' Exhibition in Srinagar, Ratan Parimoo, Srinagar

Categories : Painting

Painting of Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul in Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection

Painting of Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul in Kasturbhai Lalbhai Collection

KLC.1840 Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak (temple) at Gokul, Water Colour on Paper, Rajasthani School, 18th century A.D. Inscribed: Shri Hari, Shri Gokul ki Veth.. (Baithak) Bhitar ki.

According to K.K. Shastri's biography of Vallabhacharya, there were three baithaks in Gokul which this author has numbered as first, second and third. It is a pleasant surprise to find that the second baithak was known as 'bhitar ki badhi baithak', which nomenclature when tallied with the inscription on KLC.1840, corroborates that this painting represents the particular baithak at Gokul. This baithak was the venue of Vallabhacharya's katha recitations and also where he shared his meals. A miracle was performed here by Vallabhacharya when the mahants of Vrindavan intended to test him. One Shyamnanda had been sent with a Saligram hidden in a purse. Gokul was also the seat of Shri Gokulnathji, one of the seven svarupas of Shrinathji. Vitthalnathji had set up the worship of the seven icons at seven...

Key words : Pushtimargi Bhitar ki Baithak, L D Museum, Gokul

Categories : Painting