www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - Indian miniature painting: Folio from a Tantric manuscript on Ekadashi, the 11th tithi of the waxing moon. Jaipur, circa 1800. Opaque water-colour with gold on wasli. 26.1 x 19cm

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Folio from a Tantric manuscript on Ekadashi, the 11th tithi of shukla paksha. Jaipur, circa 1800. Opaque water-colour with gold on wasli. 26.1 x 19cm

Aspects of time in this Tantric system include the 15 tithis (lunar days) of shukla paksha (lit. 'the bright phase'). Tithis have an astrological significance and Ekadashi is considered auspicious so is important when it comes to planning occasions such as weddings and diksha ceremonies held for inordination into a sampradeya (religious order). According to the text and as is shown in the painting, the swami (lord) of this tithi is Vishwedeva with a vahana (mount) of a mriga(deer/antelope/black-buck). 

For other folios from this manuscript, see Sotheby's, London: 21 Oct. 1994, lot 536; April 1995, lot 707.

With thanks to the kindness of Tarun Pant for his translation and explanation of the painting and text.

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