This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the Goddess Santoshi Mata. Known as the Goddess of love, contentment, forgiveness, happiness and hope. She is venerated as "the Mother of Happiness", the meaning of her name. Santoshi Mata is particularly worshipped by women of India and Nepal. A vrata (ritual fast) called the Santoshi Maa vrata performed by women on 16 consecutive Fridays wins the goddess' favour. She was earlier worshipped in Rajasthan , Gujarat and Uttar Pardesh but she was less popular. Even she is claimed as war companion of Maa shakambari or Durga during her battle against drugamasur . Santoshi Mata started to be worshipped as a goddess on national level in the early 1960s. This print was designed and produced by the very famous and very influential artist B.G Sharma in Bombay and is believed to be around 40 years old. B.G Sharma and his cousin Indra Sharma produced many designs and were incredibly successful in creating a distinctive new style for religious prints in the post-Independence period.
Size: 37cm x 27cm
It is important to understand that these are not just images of Gods; they are Gods - Gods incarnate in their printed image. During puja (worship) the Gods are invited to descend into their images and are treated as guests. Offerings of fruit, flowers, and sweets are placed before these prints, prayers chanted to them, incense burned before them, and garlands of marigolds are hung around their frames.
This print has gone through many monsoons (with months of humidity), so it may have some staining and discoloration, along with some chips in the frame, that come with daily use and age. The print is mounted in its original frame and glass which is very rare to come across these days. The print has been left exactly how it was from its time of use. The glass might be marked and dusty but this all adds to it's beautiful and Holy life of being worshiped daily.
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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