Bahuchara mata, Mata Ni Pachedi Painting by Chandrakant Bhulabhai

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“I have called on the Goddess and found her within myself”

~ Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

Bahuchara Devi is a divine Hindu deity worshiped fervently by women who desire to conceive, or men who are unable to procreate effectively. Bahuchara Mata is easily appeased by selfless devotion and stands for non-violence and innocence. A rooster serves as a vehicle for the Goddess and she is depicted carrying a trident in one hand and a copy of the Hindu scripture in the other.

When the nomadic Vaghera community was not allowed to visit temples, they created their own temples in their homes by painting these stunning incarnations of the mother goddess on big cloth paintings. It is one of the few folk art forms which involves both block printing as well as free hand drawing.

Many times such textiles in Mata ni Pachedi art are donated by devotees after the fulfilment of wishes. These goddesses keep members of the devotee's family healthy. They control the rains and weather, cure animal diseases and guard the region against natural as well as supernatural calamities (Gatwood 1985), denoted here is Bahuchara Maata whose vehicle is the goat.

About the Artist:

Chitara Chandrakant comes from a lineage of Mata ni Pachedi painters and this art has been in his family for over 700 years. Chitara Chandrakant started painting from the age of 8 with his father Chitara Bhulabhai who received a Shilp guru award and he has now been painting for over 40 years. Mata ni pachedi was initially done with a mixture of Kalamkari and block printing, but Chandrakant ji was the first one to experiment with the entire fabric as kalamkari so he is the first one to create Mata ni Pachedi as a complete Kalamkari using traditional colours with other natural colours. Since 1990 he has conducted around 270 more workshops at various Schools all over India & England (Buckingham Palace)

DETAILS

  • Size: 60 inches by 88 inches
  • Price is for an unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame
  • Handpainted in Mata ni Pachedi art style with natural colours on a cloth prepared by the artist
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image
  • Artist : Chitara Chandrakant
  • COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks