Celebrating Mahalaya through artwork

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Ya devi sarva bhutesu, shanti rupena sansthita
Ya devi sarva bhutesu, shakti rupena sansthita
Ya devi sarva bhutesu, matra rupena sansthita
Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namaha!

(in English)

The goddess who is omnipresent as the symbol of peace .
The goddess who is omnipresent as the embodiment of power.
The goddess who is omnipresent as the personification of universal mother.
I bow to her, I bow to her, I bow to her again & again.

With these most sacred and powerful Sanskrit verses dedicated to the Supreme Goddess, The Source of All Life and The Universal Mother of Hindu religion – Maa Durga, I celebrated “Mahalaya” today, the auspicious occasion that heralds the arrival of the Goddess from her heavenly abode to earth, signalling the beginning of autumn and the month of festivities in the Indian calendar. This day is marked by chanting mantra and invocations to welcome the Goddess, the mother “Maa” on earth. She is accompanied by her children – Ganesh, the Elephant-headed God of good luck and prosperity, Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth, Saraswati – the Goddess of Learning and Knowledge, and finally, Karthikeya – the God of War and Courage. They descend on earth in various modes – boat, elephant back, horse back or palanquin. Each mode has a special significance for the Hindus. They also leave earth for their heavenly abode by the same means.

This year, the Goddess and her family come by boat, which signify massive rainfall and floods. May be this is the reason behind the devastating floods of Jammu and Kashmir, and Assam!

On this auspicious occasion, I decided to introduce my artwork in this blog. I decided to sketch the arrival of the Goddess and her family by means of boat. I have made this sketch, simply with different ink ball-point pens and pencils.

Mahalaya

With folded hands, my prayers at the feet of the Goddess. Jai Maa Durga!

 

 

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