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Mahavidya Matangi

The Goddess Matangi is a mix of the quiet and the savage from the Hindu pantheon of goddesses. She is the shyaam-rang (dull complexioned) type of the Goddess Saraswati Herself, Who showed herself as the girl of the chandala, Rishi Matang. This was a result of his exceptional goal to Brahminhood through the procurement of information (Saraswati is the goddess of learning). Mahavidya Matangi (of extraordinary learning) uses in her four hands the sickle demonstrative of her savagery, a kapala representative of her relationship with incineration grounds (chandalas have customarily been in charge of the ceremonies following passing), and a thin veena that compares Her to Saraswati. As it were, Mahavidya Matangi is the Tantric type of Saraswati.

Mahavidya Matangi

In this unique watercolor, She sits on a fragile pink lotus in full blossom, Her novice laid on a lotuspad. Her figure is full and wide, decorated with abundant golds and pearls and gems. From underneath Her detailed ruby-and emerald-studded gold crown develops an ocean of eminently wavy, crimped dark tresses that apparently have their very own existence. Note the gleam of the third eye that suffuses the Devi’s even sanctuary.

Undulating slopes, their verdant coat set off by the finesse of the sundown sun, comprise the foundation, together with two or three sanctuary like structures to one side of the artwork.

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A Ghat Of Prime Importance Since The Vedic Age

Ghats (riverbanks) are places of worship for the Hindu people. This is because the river is a rich source of nourishment for human settlements, and consequently the ghat the nurturer of the greatest civilisations. The one depicted in this paper watercolour is Har Ki Pauri, which in the local Khari boli means ‘the steps leading up to the lord’. It is said that Shiva and Vishnu had been at the Brahmakund in this ghat during Satyayuga together the Brahmakund is where drops of the otherworldly nectar has touched the earth.

Har Ki Pauri

It is the stream in the foreground that is the most challenging part of the painting. Complex brushstrokes in shades and tints of blue have gone into a highly realistic portrayal of the sacred Ganga waters. The couple in the foreground is making an offering to their ancestors, while the damsels nearer to the steps – their black tresses loosened – are busier having a good time than proverbially washing off their sins.

A couple of maidens are simply taking a walk along the ghat, deeply absorbed in conversation. While a wealthier couple sits in consultation with the Brahman to the right of the viewer, a yogi is performing padmasana in the other end of the frame. Note how flawless is each and every detail of the figures – their limbs in motion, their garments in line with traditional Northern fashion, and the shringar of the ladies.

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RELIGIOUS CLOTHING IN INDIA

Ethnic and indigenous clothing of an area is defined by the specific geography and topography of the place. Garment worn in humid locations will surely be substantially different than the garments worn in chilly climates. India, being a tropical land, has a mixture of hot and cold climatic conditions. Garments differ in different regions of the country.

Not only is India known for its tropical position on the globe, but is also famous for its culturally relevant status. We consider our culture, heritage and history with utmost seriousness and accord it the proper place in our hearts and practices. In India, for instance, garments for conducting religious practices differs from the usual everyday clothing.

In some communities, colors differ depending of the occasion. For instance, a majority of women in Maharashtra follows the custom of wearing green bangles on special occasions such as marriage, Ganesh Chathurthi, Navaratri or any other festival. Similarly, in Bihar, the type of clothing and way of accessorizing differs from other parts of the country. To take an example, the vermillion married women adorn in Bihar and Jharkhand is slightly orange in color, rather than the usual red worn in other parts. Salwar Kameez, Sherwani, Dhoti Kurta are indigenous forms of clothing in India.

Thought the base clothing is saree, the way it is adorned differs from region to region and on the occasion. Dhotis are widely worn all around the country by men. If you are Looking For Men’s Dhotis Online, go for fabrics that are comfortable and long lasting. Dhotis are not only meant for religious functions but also for every day use. In the southern parts of India, Dhoti is the ethnic clothing. In a tropical and sultry climate like ours, Dhoti makes for a relaxing wear.

Veshtis, dhotis, Kurtas and lungis are worn by men from all walks of life. The base material is usually cotton. For religious practices and havans, single colored veshtis and dhotis are preferred, with a golden or a reddish border. The simplicity of this piece of clothing is astounding to say the least. It scores on the comfort level as well as the appearance level.

Textile such as Banarasi, Bandhani, Chanderi, Ikat, etc. are traditional clothing originating from various parts of India. It is a result of carefully studying the topography of the place and the raw materials easily found in the area. Silk and mulberry plantations are found all across southern India and parts of northern India, hence silk sarees originated there. Cotton occupies a central place in Eastern and Western India, as the climate in these parts is sultry. Summers are sweaty and winters are chilly. For easy mobility and comfort, it is best to wear simple cotton clothing. Silk is generally worn to occasion and religious ceremonies.

If you want to buy garments specifically for religious purposes, check online. The material and quality of clothing you get online is fantastic, durable, reliable and the prices are cheap. At inexpensive rates, you can get the best. A variety of choices can be browsed online for your needs. You could order from any part of India, the shipment will reach you within a few days. 

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Tribhang Murari Chaturbhujadhari Krishna Crown

The most relatable of the Vishnu-avataras, the most widely loved deity of the Hindu pantheon. There is no way the heart of the spiritually inclined would not turn to Lord Krishna. Here He is in the iconic silhouette of the tribhang murari, which is Sanskrit for ‘flute-player (murari) with the body jutting out (bhang) in three (tri) places’.

lord Krishna Crown

This work speaks volumes about the personal devotion of the artisan. The Lord is shown to be wearing a gorgeous silk dhoti and sashes. The rest of Him is bedecked with a world of shringar, which gather against His skin in lifelike angles. One of the unusual aspects of this tribhang murari depiction of Lord Krishna is the fact that He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed). His smoothly carved feet rest on the typical dual-lotus arrangement found at the feet of Indian deities (two lotuses with their pistils brought together), which in turn is placed on a multi-tiered quadrilateral pedestal. The same is engraved with rangoli-esque motifs, the lateral trappings set off by leonine figurines that are miniscule but majestic.

Krishna’s Music : Pure as Lotus

The twoering kirtimukha crown of the Lord completes the composition This work speaks volumes about the personal devotion of the artisan. The Lord is shown to be wearing a gorgeous silk dhoti and sashes. The rest of Him is bedecked with a world of shringar, which gather against His skin in lifelike angles. One of the unusual aspects of this tribhang murari depiction of Lord Krishna is the fact that He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed).