Kaliya Mardanam - Destruction of the Serpent
- Subject: Kangra Pahari Miniature Art
- Paint Material: Opaque stone & gold colors
- Base Material: Handmade Paper (unframed)
- Size: 9 in. wide and 6 in. tall (23 cms X 15 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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Add a festive touch to your home with the beauty of this exquisitely detailed & stunningly beautiful handmade miniature art made in the style of the Kangra Pahari school.
Kangra painting is the pictorial art of Kangra, named after Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, a former princely state, which patronized the art. Pahari paintings, as the name suggests, were paintings executed in the hilly regions of India, in the sub-Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. It is in the development and modification of Pahari paintings, that the Kangra School features. Kangra paintings belong to the school of Pahari paintings that were patronized by the Rajput rulers between the 17th and 19th centuries.
The striking feature of Kangra paintings is the verdant greenery it depicts. The style is naturalistic, and great attention is paid to detail. The Kangra painters employed cool and fresh colors and with the lyrical blending of form and color.
This charming art captures the story of Krishna, and Kaliya the serpent is very well known. Kaliya, (a serpent), had been occupying the river Yamuna and its banks. It had poisoned the waters of the Yamuna and also dried the forests nearby by the poison airs breathed by it. Krishna jumped into the water to kill the serpent. He was coiled around by Kaliya, the serpent king and he lay at the bottom of the river. But then he soon was reminded of his divine powers and exercising his powers he uncoiled himself from the serpent and danced on the head of the serpent and wanted to kill it. But on imploration from the wives of Kaliya, he left it alone and asked them all to leave the shores of Yamuna. So they left and Yamuna and its shored regained their normal form. This feat is termed as Kaliya Mardanam.
It is a demonstration that a human being has the capacity to defeat any demon, in the outside world or within oneself. Faith is all that is needed.
Fill your world with beauty of this ethnic Indian Rajasthani artwork made in the Kangra Pahari style. Buy it today.