Mahishasura Mardini

by Khoday Amar

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Gallery: South Asian Dance and Expression (RJ Folder)

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Category: Fine Art

Published: Thursday 25th of May 2006 11:35:15 PM


Biswajit Pandey
EXCELLENT one, very nicely presented. Regards.

Amar Khoday
RJ (the dancer) is personifying the Goddess Chaamundeswari (AKA Chaamunda;Chaamundi)slaying the buffalo- demon Mahishasura with a trishul/trident.

Amar Khoday
Glad it was helpful Pnina. Sometime, dancer will use a different hand gesture for the lower hand. They might have three fingers pointing downwards. The three fingers represents the trident/trishul.

Pnina Evental
Amar, difficult names to read...can you explain it to layman like me in the Indian names?... I like her movement her cloths, and your rendition.!

Amar Khoday
Thanks Biswajit and Pnina. Pnina, Mahishasura was a buffalo demon who wrought havoc, so the mythology goes. Chamundeshwari (also Chamunda, Chamundi) is another name/incarnation of the warrior goddess Durga. Chamundeshwari slayed Mahishasura with her weapon, a trident. What you see here is Chamundeshwari "holding" a trident as she kills the buffalo demon. This battle between Chamundeshwari and Mahishasura has been represented in various forms, i.e. in sculptures and paintings.

Pnina Evental
Interesting Mythology Amar, thanks for explaining.

Amar Khoday
Mahishasura Mardini (B&W) Thanks for your constructive comments and suggestions. Any thoughts on lighting or composition. Please visit more of my work at, including a colour version of this image. Cheers.

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