This beautiful Madhubani painting depicts the Eighteen-Armed Goddess Durga while Killing Mahishasura. This beautiful painting done on handmade paper treated with cow-dung depicts the classical scene from Hindu mythology, where the most venerable Maa Durga, the Universal Mother, and the incarnation of Ma Parvati killed the demon Mahishasura and won the battle against evil. Mahishasura was a king who had a head of a buffalo. The beheading of the demon in the painting denotes the removal of the demonic traits from the human, thus making him Divine. Goddess Durga is carrying different weapons in her hands, like sword, mace, trident, spear, discus, bow and arrows, axe, etc. Besides, Goddess can be seen carrying lotus, conch, snake, and in one of her hands Goddess Durga is holding demon king Mahishasura’s head.
The ferocious lion in the painting is Goddess Durga’s vehicle. The eighteen-armed goddess Durga symbolizes all that this world needs to defeat evil. This painting is made with all natural colors. The tools that are used to make this beautiful artwork include, pen-nib, fingers, matchsticks etc. This beautiful painting can be distinguished for its instinctive tribal touché, and earthy tones which are used throughout the painting. The beautiful colors used in the painting are made of organic and naturally existing minerals. That is the reason it looks so vibrant and unique.