Meldi Mata - Mata ni Pachedi Painting by Sanjay Chittara

The story of Meldi Mata is not known to many. The story goes that there was a demon who transformed himself into a human and called out for Lord Shiva. After Lord Shiva approached him and asked the demon what he wanted, the demon replied, "I want a boon that I would not be killed by any other human and that I shall live forever". Shiva granted the wish. The demon started to wreak havoc. The five goddesses approached Maa Parvati asking for help in killing the demon. The five goddesses chased  and fought the demon. But the demon escaped and hid inside a dead cow. The goddesses removed all their dirt from their bodies and dead skin and created a new avatar, called Meldi Mata, who fought the demon and ended its life. Shortly after the goddess sought to seek blessings from the  five goddesses. But they refused stating that she was impure. She approached Lord Shiva asking "what will I do now as I have killed a demon inside a dead animal"? Lord Shiva gave mother a blessing and stated from now on you will be named Meldi Maa you will have many devotees and you will be prayed and worshipped to in the kali yuga era anyone that will pray to you will be blessed.

About Artist : “This is our 300 year art that was previously done as block print in 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.

About the Art- Mata-ni-Pachedi is a traditional art of painting the image of goddesses on a piece of cloth found in the temple which is of a multicoloured animated images of gods and goddesses, devotees, followers, flora and fauna with a narrative story. The term Mata-ni-Pachedi originated from Gujarati language, where Mata means ‘goddess’, ni means ‘belongs to’ and Pachedi means ‘behind’ 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 of different forms on to the cloth. The unique feature of this temple-hanging is the product layout of four to five pieces of Mata-ni-Pachedi erected to form a shrine for the Mother Goddess. Traditional Mata ni Pachedi is a rectangular piece of fabric used as a canopy in the place of ceiling in a nomadic shrine which houses the main mother goddess image at its centre.

DETAILS

  • Size: 3 x 5 Feet
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame
  • Mata ni Pachedi by Sanjay Chittara
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualise the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image
  • Made on cloth with natural colours made by the artist
  • COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks
  • Certificate of Authentication will be provided
  • Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat

• 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
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
• Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat


Artist


Sanjay Chittara

" 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.

Art Form

Mata-ni-pachedi

Behind the mother Goddess. 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. Mata ni Pachedi is also known as the Kalamkari of Gujarat with the similarity of using Kalams or pens made of Bamboo for painting and is one of the few folk art forms which involves both block printing as well as free hand drawing. 



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