From the set of Baramasa paintings
Hindu month of Pausa. The poet Keshavdas says that:
In the month of Pausa, nobody likes cold things, whether they are water, food, dress, or house. Even the earth and sky have become cold. In this season everyone rich and poor alike, likes oil (massage of oil), cotton (cotton-filled clothes), betel, fire (to warm the room), sunshine, and the company of women. (During the month) the days are short and nights are dark and long. This is not the time to quarrel with one’s lover (meaning thereby that this is the time of union of lovers). Keeping all these aspects in mind the Beloved asks her Lover not to leave her in the month of Pausa.
'Baramasa' or 'Songs of the twelve months' is a poetic genre that describes each of the months of the Indian calendar in terms of love and its rhetoric. The most famous one is Keshavdasa’s Kavipriya which mirrors his mastery of the selection of words and phrases and describes the life, ceremonies, and rituals of the people in different seasons. It is a popular subject in Bundi School as it allows the artists to indulge in their love for landscape.
Indian Miniature Paintings
Indian Miniature painting
Circa 1770 CE
24.5 x 15 cms