N° 12 (AED 400)
N° 12 (AED 400)
Patachitra is a devotional art form from Odisha in India's East. Imagery from Hindu epics and folklore, forms of deities (particularly Krishna) and flora and fauna the themes favoured by the chitrakaras, the artists. The canvas is made by alternating layers of cotton cloth and a glue made of tamarind seed that are dried in the sun. The designs are first sketched, then filled with colours traditionally extracted from vegetable or mineral pigments.
Tree worship is a common practice in India since the earliest time. In Odisha, there is a tradition of the Banyan tree (bride) married to the Peepal tree (groom) for various purposes, from asking the rain gods for a generous shower, to reminding people that trees are alive and need to be preserved. Trees such as Peepal, Neem and Banyan have always been revered and worshipped. They form a part of the daily religious rituals of many Indian Hindus and Buddhists. The image of Jagannath (Lord Krishna) at the holy shrine in Puri is known to be made of Neem. The Atharva Veda states that the Peepal tree is the abode of the Gods and grows in the Swarga Loka (Heaven). It is also said that Lord Krishna breathed his last under the Peepal tree and that the Buddha gained enlightenment under a Peepal tree that came to be known as the Bodhi Tree. Ashwattha, the Peepal tree, is supposed to represent the Trimurti- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
“Moolatho Brahma roopaya
madhyatho Vishnu roopine
Agratha Shiva roopaya
Vruksha rajaya they nama
Aswatha sarva papani satha janma arjithanicha
Nudhaswa mama vrakshendra, sarva aiswarya pradho bhava”
My salutations to the king of trees.
Whose root is the form of Brahma,
Middle is the form of Lord Vishnu,
And top is the form of Lord Shiva.
The holy fig(banyan) tree pushes away, all sins earned,
In several hundred births, and Oh king of trees,
Please grant me all different types of wealth.
-Aswatha Vruksha Stotram
All pieces are unique, since they are handcrafted. Minor variations and aberrations lend to each piece's uniqueness.
Handcrafted in: Odisha, India
Materials used: Cotton, Water-based paint
Dimensions: L 41cm, H 17cm
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