Goddess Mahakali Painting

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Mahakali- the first of the 10 Mahavidyas or great wisdom is a powerful Hindu Tantric deity, worshipped by Tantrikas as the Adi Shakti, primordial energy, and feared by the demons as Kali- the one who rules over Kaal, a term that means both death and time. Though a form of Maa Durga and Parvati in the textual traditions, in Tantricism, Mahakali surpasses all in terms of the potency and grandeur of her form. She becomes creation, destruction, and everything in between. 

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Item Code: PAA519
Artist: Kailash Raj
Water Color Painting on PaperArtist:Kailash Raj
Dimensions 10.00 inch Height X 9.00 inch Width

According to the legend in Devi Mahatmya, after slaying the enemies of Durga, Mahakali drunk on blood started slaying anyone who came in her way. Afterwards, she started dancing, and such was the power of her dance that the world almost came to an end. This story has given birth to the idea that- when everything is submerged in the waves of time, all that remains is Kali. This greatness of Kali has inspired the artist into making this brilliant watercolour.

 Though devoid of any clothes, Devi is adorned with queenly ornaments and an imposing crown. Her attire includes Mundamala- garland made of skulls of demons and a girdle made out of their severed hands. In her eight arms, the goddess holds a sickle, a demon’s chopped head, and a cup to collect the blood that trickles from it, a trident, a snake, an ax, and a bowl full of tongues she pulled out from the mouths of her enemies. Her blood-stained tongue is a symbol of freeing oneself from the dichotomy of pure and impure and understanding the highest truth that exists beyond societal rules. While being engrossed in her dance, the goddess can see past, present, and future with her three beautiful eyes. Muktakeshini (one whose hair is let loose) Mahakali is extraordinary in the paradox she embodies. Frowning and fearsome, the goddess who spares none and makes the heart shudder with her appearance, holds her hand in the benevolent Abhaya Mudra- the gesture of fearlessness. Maa Mahakali thus is not destruction but the personification of a divine fearlessness, of the knowledge that destruction and creation are two sides of the same coin. 

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