Madhubani art is a manifestation of the rich tradition of India, representing the unique creativity and culture of Mithila region of Bihar. This Mahakali painting aptly depicts the ever-so-famous attributes of Madhubani of being portrayed in complex geometrical patterns and a representation of Hindu deity. Goddess Mahakali is a personification of the universal power of transformation, the transcendent power of time and a great Goddess who rules unchallenged over the universe and all that is in it.
Mahakali is the cosmic form of goddess Kali who holds the power of all deities in her ten hands. The painter has used his distinctive creativity in this miniature by depicting the Goddess in an elegant pure white color with her ten hands carrying the iconic implements of destruction and saviour and the ten legs folded in an artistic manner. The painter has very beautifully portrayed the large sun haloed blue colored crown, adorned with red petals of divinity and the contrasting essence of the long and dense ferocious hair and the tongue protruding out in shame; adorned in sober jewels and a long garland of severed heads.
The painter has depicted the painting in complete aspects by painting the cosmic Mahakali mantra on the left in a cloud and Mahakali Yantra of nullifying ill effects towards the right. As you look at the top corners, you will see owls been painted, symbolizing Mahakali’s emblem on her war flag. Her hand carves complement to that of the beautiful floral border and the choice of colors used by the painter, highlights the self-patterned pink background in the most alluring ways.