Women Worshipping a Shiva Linga: Devagandhari Ragini of Hindol, from a Chamba Ragamala

Women Worshipping a Shiva Linga: Devagandhari Ragini of Hindol, from a Chamba Ragamala

c. 1700

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Miniature: 21 x 18.4 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.87

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The iconography of Devagandhari is consistent in several Ragamala series from Chamba

Description

Removed from any temple setting, the focus of the scene is on the intensity of the women’s devotions to the Hindu god Shiva in his abstract form of a linga. The figure on the right tosses flower petals on the linga and offers incense in a handheld censer. Her taller companion wearing a yellow blouse holds two lotus flowers in her hands cupped in devotion as she bows reverently.

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