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Folio from a Markandeya Purana, Devi Mahatmya: adoration of Devi by the devas. Jaipur, circa 1840. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 24.8 x 35.3cm

Exhibited: Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1981

Here we see the devas (gods) adoring the Devi (goddess) in the form of Durga with her lion vahana (vehicle). This is due to the power of shakti which harnesses the collective power of the devas but which only the devi can manifest. When the devas are unable to vanquish or defeat the forces of evil they beseech the devi to employ her divine energy to rescue the situation. This was the case when the devas having failed themselves called upon the devi in the form of Durga to deal with the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

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Above: yellow gold (Devi's halo, jewellery & ghagra/skirt) and rose gold (shrine & tiger's saddle/trappings) reflecting light

Images and text © Peter Blohm