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Lord Shiva and Parvati Play The Game of Dice

Lord Shiva and Parvati Play The Game of Dice

Lord Shiva and Parvati Play The Game of Dice

Shiva is one of the Trimurti, the holiest gods in Hinduism, and takes the mighty role of The Destroyer. Meanwhile, his consort is Parvati, one of the Tridevi (counterpart of the Trimurti) and is called the Mother Goddess. In this painting, the divine couple can be seen playing a game of dice or chausar. The narrative states that while Shiva and Parvati were in an eternal union, Narada (a yogi) gave them a dice game. In this game Shiva is said to have mostly lost to Parvati in the game. Other stories also state of the gods cheating each other to win. The fun and playful aspect of this legend are vibrantly captured in this Madhubani painting featuring natural colors: green, red, orange, and blue and yellow.

In the course of the games, Shiva wages (and loses) his trident, the crescent moon, his earrings, and even the snakes on his neck to Parvati—all of which are popular attributes of the god. He is also painted with blue skin, just as how gods are depicted in Hindu art. He also sports a third eye on his forehead (he used this eye to burn Desire to ashes). His legs are in a yoga position, too. Meanwhile, Parvatiis depicted wearing a sari with intricate details. On one hand she holds a pink lotus (which is also abundant in the body of water at the bottom of the body of water below. The pink lotus is reserved primarily for the highest of gods. Meanwhile other flowers decorate the backdrop the two god's respective of the painting. At the bottom are also a pair of pink Hamsas(bird of passage) believed to be the vehicle of gods such as Brahma, Saraswati, and others.

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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Sangita Devi

29.00 inches X 21.00 inches
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