BHADRAKALI

Neo Traditional Arts

Art Size: 56 x 45 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

About the Art

The deity Bhadrakali, regarded as the war goddess is one of Goddess Sakti's or Adi Para Shakti's most furious forms. Often a symbol of power and fierceness. In the Newar community, Bhadrakali is called Lunmari Ajima, one of the eight female protective deities. According to legend, Saswottavajra Bajracharya brought Bhadrakali from Kamaru Kamachhe (Assam) to end the war between Kantipur and Lalitpur with the help of Sadhana (meditation). During the welcoming of the Goddess, she vanished taking the form of a child. She resisted returning so she was promised Lunmari (gold bread) if she came with him. The peace was established on her return. The place where the goddess was found is known as Bhadrakali temple now. 

In the painting, the Goddess is seen with the two Dwarapalas (guards). The white lion, Shingni, and the yellow tiger (Bhangini). She has eight hands, the right ones holding Khadga (double-edged sword), Damaru (a musical instrument), Kartika (a knife), Kapala Patro (skull cup). Whereas in the left she wields Dhala (shield), Trishula (trident), and a severed head. All three are seen showcasing Abhaya Mudra (a protective gesture). Bhadrakali steps over two Bheta (servants). At the bottom, you can see a demon and a skeleton who is playing the musical instruments Nyakhin and Chusya.

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