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Mahishasura Mardini (B&W)

Thanks for your constructive comments and suggestions. Any thoughts on lighting or composition. Please visit more of my work at www.atkhoday.worldecho.com, including a colour version of this image. Cheers.


Amar Khoday , May 26, 2006; 08:29 P.M.

RJ (the dancer) is personifying the Goddess Chaamundeswari (AKA Chaamunda;Chaamundi)slaying the buffalo- demon Mahishasura with a trishul/trident.

Biswajit Pandey , May 27, 2006; 03:00 A.M.

EXCELLENT one, very nicely presented.


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Pnina Evental , May 27, 2006; 11:32 A.M.

Amar, difficult names to read...can you explain it to layman like me in the Indian names?... I like her movement her cloths, and your rendition.!

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Amar Khoday , May 28, 2006; 01:51 A.M.

Thanks Biswajit and Pnina. Pnina, Mahishasura was a buffalo demon who wrought havoc, so the mythology goes. Chamundeshwari (also Chamunda, Chamundi) is another name/incarnation of the warrior goddess Durga. Chamundeshwari slayed Mahishasura with her weapon, a trident. What you see here is Chamundeshwari "holding" a trident as she kills the buffalo demon. This battle between Chamundeshwari and Mahishasura has been represented in various forms, i.e. in sculptures and paintings.

Pnina Evental , May 28, 2006; 08:47 A.M.

Interesting Mythology Amar, thanks for explaining.

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Amar Khoday , May 28, 2006; 01:04 P.M.

Glad it was helpful Pnina. Sometime, dancer will use a different hand gesture for the lower hand. They might have three fingers pointing downwards. The three fingers represents the trident/trishul.

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