Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Paintings > Batik > Sohni Awaits Mahiwal
Displaying 1 of 74         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Sohni Awaits Mahiwal

Sohni Awaits Mahiwal

Sohni Awaits Mahiwal

Sold Out

Batik Painting On Cotton

2.1 ft x 3.6 ft
Item Code:
$68.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
You Save:
$17.00 (20%)
Notify me when this item is available
Notify me when this item is available
You will be notified when this item is available
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Sohni Awaits Mahiwal

Verify the characters on the left

You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 5806 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
Sohni, the most beautiful and Mahiwal, the cowherd, have been immortalized in the verse of Fazal Shah, who lived in the eighteenth century during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Their story belongs to a time of Indian history when chivalry was at its peak and silver and gold were found in plenty. At this time when trade was at its height, Izzat Beg, a young aristocrat of Bukhara came to India and chanced on the home of the potter, Tulla who was famed for his fine craftsmanship, and his daughter Sohni, who was equally deft with her hands.

While looking at Tulla's beautiful creations, Izzat Beg saw Sohni at work, painting a pot. A glimpse of her startled Izzat Beg so that the most expensive bowl he was holding slipped from his hands shattering into a hundred pieces. His discomfiture caused a spontaneous gale of laughter from Sohni. Another look at her, and Izzat Beg lost his heart. He started visiting the potter's house every day on the excuse of buying the fine pottery, leaving Sohni to wonder how he could carry so much of the fragile ware back to Bukhara.

As the two fell deeper and deeper in love with each other, Izzat Beg's fortunes dwindled for he was idling his time away, lost in love. Meanwhile, Sohni's father, Tulla, brooking no protests, forced Sohni to marry another. Though now another man's wife, Sohni had given herself to Izzat Beg and did not accept her husband. Having lost all his fortune, Izzat Beg started looking after cattle, and the aristocrat of Bukhara, now became the cowherd, Mahiwal.

Every night Sohni used to cross the river Chanab using a large baked earthenware pitcher as a float, to meet her lover, Mahiwal. One day, her sister-in-law found out about these clandestine meetings and determined to avenge her brother, replaced the earthenware pot with an unbaked one which would melt halfway in the river. As was her wont, that evening, Sohni picked up the pitcher and realized it was the wrong one. But she could not keep her lover waiting for her, and using that pitcher to help her stay afloat she started swimming across the river. The stars were against her, for that night, there was a fierce storm, and the pitcher dissolved midstream causing Sohni to drown. Seeing her struggle in the swirling waters, Mahiwal jumped into the river and the current swept him away, the lovers passing into legend.

Here, Sohni sits at the riverside awaiting a glimpse of Mahiwal at the opposite bank, so that she can begin her daily journey to meet her lover.

Of Related Interest:

Sohni and Mahiwal (Batik Painting On Cotton)

Laila Persuading Majnun (Miniature Painting On Paper)

Lovers in the Park (Batik Painting On Cotton)

Majnun in the Desert (Water Color on Old Urdu Manuscript Paper)

The Glimpse of the Lover (Batik Painting On Cotton)

Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Post a Comment
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait


Thank you for shipping my 2 Books! Absolutli a great job in this short time, 3 working days from India to Switzerland it`s fantastic!!! You have won some new clients!
Ruedi, Switzerland
I am overwhelmed with the amount of hard-to-find Hindu scriptural texts that I have been able to locate on the Exotic India website as well as other authentic cultural items from India. I am impressed with your fast and reliable shipping methods.
Lee Scott, USA
Your service is excellent.
Shambhu, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist statues at the best prices and best shipping that I know of.I have bought many statues from them.I am thankful for their online presence.
Michael, USA
Thanks for sharpening our skills with wisdom and sense of humor.The torchbearers of the ancient deity religion are spread around the world and the books of wisdom from India bridges the gap between east and west.
Kaushiki, USA
Thank you for this wonderful New Year sale!
Michael, USA
Many Thanks for all Your superb quality Artworks at unbeatable prices. We have been recommending EI to friends & family for over 5 yrs & will continue to do so fervently. Cheers
Dara, Canada
Thank you for your wonderful selection of books and art work. I am a regular customer and always appreciate the excellent items you offer and your great service.
Lars, USA
Colis bien reçu, emballage excellent et statue conforme aux attentes. Du bon travail, je reviendrai sur votre site !
Alain, France
Madhu, USA
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India