Pilgrimage to Lord Shiva (Amarnath)
Lord Shiva, the Supreme Being, is part of the holiest Trimurti. He is the Destroyer among the three gods, the two being Brahma (Creator) and Vishnu (Preserver). Tradition has it that followers of Lord Shiva go on pilgrimages. As depicted in this Madhubani painting, the pilgrims can be seen going about their trek up the Amarnath cave, a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, and perhaps the holiest shrines in Hinduism. This place is believed to have been where Lord Shiva revealed the truth about immortality and creation. The mountain in the painting represents the peak from which the shrine stands on. The cylindrical shape at the center represents the lingam, one of the god's iconic attributes. In Amarnath, it is said that the pilgrims will bear witness to a sight of stalagmite of ice that forms during the pilgrimage season. On the cave is a figure that appears to be Nandi, the bull-like guardian of Lord Shiva's abode.
Madhubani paintings are art forms known to originate from the Bihar region and its unique art form include paintings handcrafted with unconventional materials, maximized use of space, and lively colors. Red, green, black, and brown paint was used mostly to accentuate the predominantly white piece, effectively using color as accents to focal points in the artwork. As seen in this painting, every inch of the handmade paper is filled with details and patterns, leaving no space blank. It is also known for depicting everyday life or other happenings which makes this pilgrimage scene a natural subject for the artist. The painting features pathways filled with pilgrims, some are mounted on animal’s backs while most of the pilgrims go on foot
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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper21 inch x 29 inch
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vandana Devi