Representation of a Basohli folio from the Tantric Devi series, this watercolor painting presents the potent boar-faced Matrika, Varahi. The Shakti of Vishnu's Varaha avatar, Varahi is the Aradhya (tutelary goddess) of Varahi Tantra and is worshipped as a warring-mother goddess who protects her children fervently. Enthroned on a tiger, Devi Varahi is in a valorous ten-armed or Dashabhuja form, in which she accompanies Durga on the battlefield.
A solar radiance highlights Devi Varahi's boar face, which despite its etherealness, has a soft feminine appearance. Devi's attire uses fine red, pink, and yellow, along with refined ornaments that give her a queenly appearance. Glimmering brilliantly against the lush green field, surrounded by a vibrant red which is characteristic of Basohli paintings, goddess Varahi commands reverence in this heavenly roopa.
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