Bhavani and Mahadeva-Folio from an illustrated manuscript of Devi Mahatmya

56.38 - Folio 7 Obverse

Bhavani and Mahadeva-Folio from an illustrated manuscript of Devi Mahatmya

56.38 - Folio 7 Obverse

Description

The Devi Mahatmya of Markandeya Purana is probably the most popular text copied and illustrated in all parts of India for religious merit as well as for reading and recitation. It contains the myth of the destruction of the all-powerful demon Mahisha and his retinue, by goddess Durga, the embodiment of the energies of all the gods.

The wooden covers of this manuscript record the names of some of the family members of Atmaram Bhukanvala, an old affluent family of Surat. It is likely that the manuscript once belonged to the family.

The text describes the importance of the Keelaka Stotra and emphasizes its reading before starting the recitation of Durga Mahatmya or Durga Saptashati.

The folio illustrates Bhavani and Mahadeva. Four armed Bhavani is riding on a tiger, holding lotuses and weapons and four armed. Mahadeva is riding on a bull, holding a trident, kapala (skull), and one lotus each in his two front hands. River Ganga is streaming from his matted locks on the ground.

Collection

Indian Paintings

Object Type

Manuscript

Material

Water colour on paper

Schools/Culture/Period

Western India

Technique

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Date

Dated samvat 1776=1719 CE

Location

Surat

Dimension

folio 29.5 x 17.2 cms