Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Paintings > Hindu > Goddess > Mahadevi's Emergence from Cosmic Void
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Mahadevi's Emergence from Cosmic Void

Mahadevi's Emergence from Cosmic Void

Mahadevi's Emergence from Cosmic Void

Only One in stock

Watercolor On Paper
Artist Kailash Raj

11 inch X 9.5 inch
Item Code:
$325.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Mahadevi's Emergence from Cosmic Void
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 20823 times since 25th May, 2019
A combination of astonishing imagination and realistically rendered imagery, the painting revives the 1695 idiom of Basohli art - the pioneer Pahari art style and one that outstood all styles of medieval Indian miniature painting as regarded bold and vigorous forms, sharp lively feature with large eyes, brilliant and discreet palette and over-all splendour. Basohli had early tradition of both, Devi paintings and bold forms, but under its ruler Kirpal Pal Basohli painting had its golden period when not only in its massive volume but also in quality Basohli art attained its all times heights. The period is best known for its Devi painting series and Gita Govinda and Rasamanjari illustrations. The Devi paintings and Rasamanjari illustrations, datable to 1695, mark the beginning of this great era, and the Gita Govinda of 1735, its end. The period is also known as beetle-wing period, as for creating effects of brilliance in jewellery and other parts, painters of the period pasted actual beetle wings in place of colours.

The painting is identical to a folio of 1695 Basohli Devi painting series now in Sri Pratap Singh Museum, Srinagar, except in its size and in not using actual beetle wings for defining jewellery. As compared to 17 x 20 cm. size of the earlier, the size of this painting is 24 x 27.5 cm. Though an old theme rendered using an early art idiom, the painting is wondrous in its brilliant craftsmanship and in reviving the past glory, or rather in transporting the 21st century vision to 17th century perception. Summarily, the artist has re-interpreted the age-old myth to a new mind particularly in enhancing its size. The essentially votive icons, Devi image and those of her Shaktis - subordinate powers, required bolder forms and correspondingly larger canvas. More significant is the deletion of the skyline, which in the earlier painting a blue band on the top symbolised. This skyline, strip of stemmed flowers on the bottom, symbolic of ocean, and the middle space, which the Goddess occupied, stood for three worlds, and, obviously, the enshrining deity for the goddess who commanded them. With the skyline deleted, this painting transforms the background into total darkness except the floral band below. This background symbolises the post-Deluge abyssal darkness, which Mahadevi, the Great Goddess, enlightens by her emergence. The floral band below symbolises the factum of the emergence of light, as simultaneous to sinking the darkness, light - the life in the form of vegetation, begins manifesting from below. This re-interpretation of earlier theme gives to the painting a wider meaning and to the enshrining deity the status of the Adishakti - primordial cosmic energy incarnate.

The artist has maintained same tonal values and similar level of brilliance, which besides enhancing painting's symbolic thrust, give it ethnic touch. The background, cleaving which the Great Goddess emerges, is not dark alone but also a formless void. The Goddess is seated on the throne but the throne is not fixed or stationed. It is moving out of the darkness. The glowing golden throne, symbolic of light, is her ambience, and with the emergence of the Goddess, it also bursts as light out of the darkness. The throne is a form as well, and with it, out of the formless void also bursts a form. The Goddess is multi-dimensional and with her emerge also her other aspects, her Shaktis. She is not riding her lion but is seated on her golden throne, which a pair of tigers draws. Metaphorically, the tiger-riding goddess meant an energy-valour combine, the goddess seated on golden throne and a pair of tigers driving it stood for energy bursting with a gust of light and valour carrying it forward. The prior painting does not treat the theme with such wider dimensions, as this.

As glistening is painting's visual aspect. The Mahadevi and her subordinate powers have gold-like complexion, large keen eyes, sharp features and bold figures. They are four-armed and three-eyed and have broad foreheads and well defined necks. Elegantly attired and bejewelled all three goddesses are wearing multi-pointed crowns crested with lotuses, an essential feature of Basohli art style those days. The golden throne of the Mahadevi has exceptionally raised back and a terrace-like slanting eave and height. The devi on her left holds over her a gems-studded golden umbrella. The primordial power, she was the source of all, Shiva, Vishnu or Brahma, and hence carries attributes of them all, Shiva's third eye, trident, drum, crescent …, Vishnu's bow and arrow, lotus and vaijayanti, the long garland of parijata - a celestial flowering plant, and Brahma's quiescence and body-postures. The goddesses on Mahadevi's right and left, though her own manifestations, are in absolute obeisance. The goddess on her right symbolises fertility and manifest nature, and the other on the left, all hidden energies and life.

Free Shipping. Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Mahadevi's Emergence from Cosmic Void (Hindu | Paintings)

Goddess Durga
Brass Statue
15.30 inch Height x 11.30 inch Width x 8.00 inch Depth
10.3 Kg.
Item Code: ZEM367
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Goddess Durga
White Marble
17.50 inch Height x 14.70 inch Width x 4.60 inch Depth
16.4 Kg.
Item Code: ZEM355
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ashtabhuja Devi Durga
Brass Sculpture
6.0 inches X 4.0 inches X 2.3 inches
0.8 kg
Item Code: RR78
Flaming Aureole Devi Mariamman
Panchaloha Bronze Statue from Swamimalai
12.30 inch Height x 9.50 inch Width x 4.50 inch Depth
3.8 Kg.
Item Code: ZEM470
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Mariamman (South Indian Goddess Durga)
Bronze Statue from Swamimalai
28.00 inch Height x 9.70 inch Width x 9.00 inch Depth
24.7 Kg.
Item Code: ZEM379
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Mystical Life of a Miraculous Yogi and Ten Facets of Devi Durga
by Tarapranab Brahmachari
HARDCOVER (Edition: 2006)
Deys Publishing
Item Code: NAQ730
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Namaste and many thanks! Lovely collection you have! Tempted to buy so many books!
Revathi, USA
I received my order. Thanks for giving the platform to purchase artifacts of our culture. You guys are doing a great job. Appreciate it and wish you guys the best.
Manju, USA
Fantastic! Thank You for amazing service and fast replies!
Sonia, Sweden
I’ve started receiving many of the books I’ve ordered and every single one of them (thus far) has been fantastic - both the books themselves, and the execution of the shipping. Safe to say I’ll be ordering many more books from your website :)
Hithesh, USA
I have received the book Evolution II.  Thank you so much for all of your assistance in making this book available to me.  You have been so helpful and kind.
Colleen, USA
Thanks Exotic India, I just received a set of two volume books: Brahmasutra Catuhsutri Sankara Bhasyam
I Gede Tunas
You guys are beyond amazing. The books you provide not many places have and I for one am so thankful to have found you.
Lulian, UK
This is my first purchase from Exotic India and its really good to have such store with online buying option. Thanks, looking ahead to purchase many more such exotic product from you.
Probir, UAE
I received the kaftan today via FedEx. Your care in sending the order, packaging and methods, are exquisite. You have dressed my body in comfort and fashion for my constrained quarantine in the several kaftans ordered in the last 6 months. And I gifted my sister with one of the orders. So pleased to have made a connection with you.
Thank you for your wonderful service and amazing book selection. We are long time customers and have never been disappointed by your great store. Thank you and we will continue to shop at your store
Michael, USA
All rights reserved. Copyright 2021 © Exotic India