This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu Goddess Chowdeshwari Devi
Chowdeshwari Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped mainly in Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra. She is the family deity of many families and communities in the region. Choundeshwari Devi story is given below.
Chowdeshwari Devi is four armed. She holds sword and trishul with a snake in the right hands. In the left hands she holds sweet bowl and a snake with Damaru or hourglass-shaped drum.
She wears red color sari and has a look that gives an assurance of motherly affection.
Legend has it that Shiva asked Goddess Parvati to take the manifestation of Goddess Chowdeshwari to defeat a demon had a boon that every drop of their blood which touched the ground would create a thousand warriors. Chowdeshwari spread her tongue on earth and covered it. She drank all the blood before it fell on the ground and the demon was defeated.
Chowdeshwari Devi is also associated with Nagas or Serpent
Size: 14.5" x 10"
This print has gone through many monsoons (with months of humidity), so it may have some staining and discoloration, along with some marks, that come with daily use and age.
In the period following independence in 1947 in India, the religious print business in India grew dramatically in its scale and diversity. All the prints I import from India are from this era and are a lot more colorful and bold in comparison to the very early prints in the late 1800's.
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