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Indian Art Series: The Great Goddess Battles the Demons

The story is told at great length in the Devi Mahatmya - literally, 'Glory of the Great Goddess', also referred as Durga Saptashati - a text embedded inside 'Markandeya Purana'. The folio of is from a dispersed manuscript of the Devi Mahatmya.


Shiva, Ever Solicitous of His Other Half

This painting is from Rasmanjari, a classical Sanskrit text by BhanuDatta.
In the text, the writer seems to be envisioning Shiva as ArdhaNarishwar, his androgynous aspect. The painter has been very creative to capture this aspect by keeping Parvati always on the right side in the painting.


Krishna lifting the Mount Govardhana: Great Indian Paintings

This story depicts a scene from Mahabharata, where Krishna lifts the Mount Govardhana to save the animals and villagers from the wrath of Indra. 

Made using striking imagination, intricate details, and the godly figure of Krishna in the middle, lifting the mountain with ease, this painting is part of the Bhagavata Purana series. This is currently on display at British Museum, London


The Celestial Chariot: Great Indian Paintings

Depicting the scene of King Rama's return from Lanka, along with Sita, in the Vimana, made of Gold, by the Kuber, this folio from a dispersed Ramayana series is a brilliant work of art. 

This detailed work is full of different scenes, Rama uniting with Sita; residents of Lanka in despair because of Rama's departure; monkeys having fun, diving in water; birds flying in the sky.


Rama, Sita and Lakshmana in Exile: Great Indian paintings

Done during the Mughal period, in the 16th century, this beautifully designed painting depicts a scene of King Rama in exile.
Rama is sitting in between, dark blue in color is listening to Sita. Lakshmana is sitting, listening in suspicion.
This folio is part of Ramayana series, made using Opaque watercolor and gold on paper