Saturday, December 31, 2016

'Fearsome Chamunda statue in Bhopal Museum' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I recently visited the Stater Museum, Bhopal.

 Statue of Chamunda, circa 11th century A.D., discovered in Chaurasigarh, Mandsaur district, Madhya Pradesh. On display in the State Museum, Bhopal, India.

Chamunda, also known as Sachchi Mata, Chamundi, Chamundeshwari and Charchika, is a fearsome aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother and one of the seven Matrikas (mother goddesses). She is also one of the chief Yoginis, a group of sixty-four or eighty-one Tantric goddesses, who are attendants of the warrior goddess Durga.

The name is a combination of Chanda and Munda , two monsters whom Chamunda killed. She is closely associated with Kali, another fierce aspect of Devi. She is sometimes identified with goddesses Parvati, Chandi or Durga as well. The goddess is often portrayed as haunting cremation grounds or fig trees.

(Text based on information in Wikipedia)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

'A 19th century painting on display in Bhopal Museum depicting the darbar of Jiwajirao Scindia, Part-I' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

An impressive old painting from the 19th century showing the Darbar of Jiwaji Rao Scindia, which I saw in the Bhopal Museum, India, last week. I took 20 separate photos focussing on various parts of this painting.

Sadly, I could not find out anything about the talented painter who created this work.

The challenge is to concentrate on each photo and try to decipher what all it tells us of that epoch in history. See the variety of dresses, moustaches, sideburns, beards, headgears, male jewelry etc.The painting shows only males and no ladies.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

'A 19th century painting in Kangra style and its poorly worded explanation in Bhopal Museum, India.' - by K.J.S. Chatrath

A 19th century painting in Kangra style and its very poorly worded explanation in Bhopal Museum, Bhopal, India.

' A stunning statue from 11th century on display in Bhopal Museum, India' by K.J.S.Chatrath

Last week I visited the Bhopal Museum in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, and was greatly impressed. There is a nominal ticket costing Rs.5 and an additional Rs.50 if one wants to take photographs.

Here are four photos of 'Nayika' dating back to circa 11th century A.D. which was discovered in Morena. These photos were taken from different angles in order to appreciate the superb craftmanship.

The well maintained eyebrows, large eyes, sharp nose and designing of the lips and the chin deserve special appreciation. Equally impressive are the hairstyle, the ear ornaments and the necklaces and chains around the lower part of the body. And imagine, this was a thousand years back!

'Ornaments of Lord Vishnu' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I came across this wonderful statue of Lord Vishnu from Konark, Odisha, 13th century, Ganga Dynasty at the National Museum, New Delhi. ...