Durga, also revered as Adi Parashakti, is the goddess of war. She is the Mother Goddess who is considered the fierce (warrior) form of Parvati. Durga's narrative is often associated with fighting the evils in the world that disturb the peace and propagate oppression. True to her iconography, this Madhubani painting depicts Durga as riding a tiger,a symbol of power, or the Shakti. She is also painted with eight arms which represent significance. Take for example the beads one of her right hands, which are used by Hindus for meditation and prayer. On another hand she can be seen wielding an arrow that represents energy. Even when depicted as a warrior god, her face is painted as calm and serene which stems from the belief that even if she combats evil, she does so out of compassion and love for the good.
This painting is done in signature Madhubani fashion which uses vibrant natural colors and geometric patterns all over the canvas. One unique feature of these paintings from the Bihar region is that all space and corners of the paper are filled with either color or design. There is an abundance of orange and red plus accents of black, blue, and green in the painting. Durga is also opulently dressed in a garb that is intricately designed. Her skin is orange and her hands are red; her forehead also features a jewel that represents a power to see through the divine. The tiger, along with other elements in the painting, is also painted with lively colors and non-traditional lines that make the piece eye-catching.
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