Enter GALLERIES to browse paintings
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, 1981Here 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.
Hover cursor over image to zoom
Above: yellow gold (Devi's halo, jewellery & ghagra/skirt) and rose gold (shrine & tiger's saddle/trappings) reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm