Rat Goddess Karni Mata
- Subject: Indian Miniature Religious Painting
- Paint Material: Opaque Watercolors
- Base Material: Stamp paper (unframed)
- Size: 8 in. wide X 12 in. tall (20 cms X 30.5 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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Presenting a striking painting featuring the Hindu Goddess Karni (Lady of the Rats).
Karni Mata, Rat Goddess and Great Mother, is a protective deity, venerated in India and worldwide although her principle shrine is in Deshnok, Rajasthan, northern India, famous for the thousands of sacred rats it houses. Karni Mata is a tribal ancestress goddess who has been incorporated into the Hindu pantheon as an avatar of Durga.
She was allegedly born a human girl named Ridhu Bai on 2 October 1387 and quickly demonstrated healing and supernatural powers. When her nephew/step-son drowned in a lake, Karni brought him to a cave and enclosed herself in with him. She wrangled with Yama, Lord of Death and successfully restored the young man to life. Karni Mata then vowed that none of her people would ever again fall into Yama’s clutches. Instead their souls would temporarily inhabit the bodies of rats and then they would reincarnate right back into her own tribe.
The traditional image of Karni Mata shows her standing in front of her lion mount with an upward pointing trident in her right hand, a demon’s severed head impaled from the lower butt end. She holds another severed head in her left hand. She is surrounded by her sacred rats that dwell in her temple.
Rich and intricate, this compact composition is also bright, colorful and breathtakingly beautiful.
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NOTE: Folds exist on the paper due to its age.