Ganesha Atharwa Phad Painting by Kalyan Joshi

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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H: 1.6(ft) by W: 1.1(ft) | H: 19.5(in) by W: 13.5(in)
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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Kalyan Joshi paints this Phad painting of the eight Ganesha avatars or Ashtavinyak forms of Ganesha, which are recorded in the Mugdala Purana. In order to destroy the inner demons of humanity, Lord Ganesha is claimed to have assumed eight various forms. These forms include Kaam, Krodh, Mad, Lobh, Matsar, Moh, Ahankara, and Agyana. The eight different incarnations of the deity in the Mugdala Purana express complex philosophical concepts of the creation of the world. The first incarnation is the Vakratunda or Twisting Trunk which mounts a Lion, then comes the Ekdanta or "Single Tusk" which is an embodiment of the essential nature of Brahman. The third incarnation is the Mahodar or "Big Belly" which is a synthesis of both Vakratunda and Ekadanta, then comes the Ganjana or "Elephant Face" which is a counterpart to Mahodar. The fifth incarnation is the Lambodar or "Pendulous Belly" which corresponds to Shakti- the pure power of Brahman, then comes the Vikata or "The Unusual Form" which corresponds to Suryaa embodying the illuminating nature of Brahman and it mounts the peacock. The seventh incarnation is Vighnaraja or "King of Obstacles" which corresponds to Vishnu mounting the celestial serpent Shesha and embodies the preserving nature of Brahman. The last incarnation is the Dhumravarna or "Grey Coloured" which corresponds to Shiva and embodies the destructive nature of Brahman. 


  • Size: 13.5 X 19.5 inch
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame
  • Handpainted in Phad style with natural pigment colours with gold on paper

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Kalyan Joshi

When Kalyan Joshi was eight years old, he began learning and working with his father and Guru Shree Shrilal Joshi, one of the finest artists of the art form Padh. The Joshi family has been Phad's traditional craftspeople for generations. Kalyan Joshi's monochromatic interpretations, collaborations with narrative poetry, and other works have expanded the scope of Phad painting. He received the prestigious National Award in 2012. He also established the "ANKAN" Kala Sansthan, which provided phad paintings to thousands of youngsters.

Art Form



The Phad painting tradition is widely prevalent in the western state of Rajasthan. It is a folk heritage which is part of both the tangible and intangible aspects of our heritage. Traditionally, the Phad paintings were religious and seldom done commercially. However, today we see its commercialization as it is not possible for the artists to survive solely on the basis of commissions from religious Phad. There has been no literary record of the development or even the mention of Phad in the court traditions of the provincial courts of Rajasthan. This is because these paintings were not made for artistic purposes but were religious in nature.

Phad paintings are the most complex and elaborate of the pictorial devices used for story telling in India. They were traditionally used as movie scrolls, with special emphasis on each scene. They narrated the stories of local folk deities such as Pabuji, Devnarayan, Ramdev pir, Dharamraj, etc. These local heroes are different from each other, but are worshipped because of the similar reason that they have all protected their cattle.

The history of Phad paintings date back to 700 years and are of pure indian subcontinental origin. The chitera, or the professional Phad painters developed the art form in the district of Pur, near Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The traditional painters migrated to Shahpura in the 16th century and then to the city of Bhilwara in the 19th century.

Find more about this Living Temple Heritage of Bhilwara here