Meladi Mata, Ambe Mata & Vahanvati Mata : Mata ni Pachedi Painting by Sanjay Chittara
A folk goddess worshiped by the Vaghri community of Gujarat, Meladi Mata is identified by her mount, the black goat.
Ambika or Ambaji Mata are also names of the goddess derived from the word ‘ambe’ or mother. She is sometimes portrayed riding a lion or a tiger. Armed with a trident, a sword and shield, among other accoutrements, Ambe Mata is the angry or ‘rudra’ avatar of Shakti and her vahan underlines this fearlessness. Given her mount, she is also referred to as Vagheswari, vagh being the Gujarati word for tiger.
Vahanvati Mata is the patron saint of sailors so her vahan has his hooves planted firmly on a boat with flying sails and drifts on waves teeming with aquatic life. She goes by other names—Shikotar, Harsiddhi—and is worshipped by seafarers and traders, and Rajputs as well as Vaghris. (Source: Sarmaya)
About Art : Mata ni pachedi literally means “behind the mother goddess”, and is a cloth that constitutes a temple of the goddess. When people of the nomadic Vaghari community of Gujarat were barred from entering temples, they made their own shrines with depictions of the Mother Goddess on cloth. This ingenuous solution is believed to be the origin of Mata ni Pachedi, the sacred art, which is now revered by all.
About Artist : This is our 300 year art that was previously done as block print on red and black colour but now we completely create the entire artwork by hand. I learnt this art from my father Shri Chunnilal ji." Sanjay Chittara is a leading exponent of the art of Mata ni Pachedi, and has been conferred the national award in 2000 and the state award in 1999. Today his son Sumit Sanjay Bhai Chittara is also learning the art from him and taking it forward in many new ways.
- Size: 3 x 4 Feet
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- Mata ni Pachedi by Sanjay Chittara
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- Made on cloth with natural colours made by the artist
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• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
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