River Ganga

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River Ganga

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Description

The painting depicts Ganga as a four-armed goddess seated on a lotus on her mount crocodile. Interestingly here her mount crocodile is depicted in form of a composite creature combining crocodile and fish. Ganga is shown holding chakra (discus) and padma (lotus) in her right hand while shankha (conch) and perhaps water lily in her left hand.

Kalighat paintings originated in the vincity of the kallighat temple in Kolkata. Paintings depicting religious themes, and divinities were sold as souvenirs to devotees visiting the temple as well as to tourists. Besides religious themes, the Kalighat paintings also have a theme from daily life.

The Kalighat painting style continues even these days in some parts of Bengal.Along with religious themes, the contemporary Kalighat artists paint current events and important incidents.

Collection

Indian Paintings

Object Type

Painting

Material

Paper and water colours

Schools/Culture/Period

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Technique

Painting on paper

Date

19th Century CE

Location

Kalighat, West Bengal

Dimension

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