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Four-armed Kali Killing Animal-headed Demons – Watercolor on Paper – Artist: Kailash Raj

Dimensions: 10.8 inches X 8.5 inches

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Watercolor on Paper – Artist: Kailash Raj
This folio, a miniature rendered pursuing Kangra idiom of Pahari art as practised around 1780-1810 AD, broadly during the reign of Raja Sansar Chand when Kangra art style not merely touched its ever greatest heights but also revolutionized all Pahari art-styles, represents the four-armed Kali, the ferocious goddess of battlefield and cremation ground, charging at the host of animal-headed demons, Chand and Munda in particular, and eliminating them almost bare-handed. In a repeat representation she has been painted as bringing, like trophies of war, to Devi the severed heads of Chanda and Munda, the two mighty demons she was specially commanded by the Devi to kill. Satisfaction of having accomplished the job she was assigned with reflects even on her repulsive face. The two brothers Chand and Munda were friends and commanders of the army of Shumbha and Nishumbha, the two mighty demons in occupation of all three worlds. After long rigorous penance the two brothers, Shumbha and Nishumbha, had won from Brahma the boon of invincibility against all males, gods, human, animal or any. When back from Himalayas after the accomplishment of their penance they met Chand and Munda and befriended them and put them into the command of their army. They then attacked the heaven and ousted from there Indra and all gods. For his help in regaining Baikuntha, their abode, gods approached Brahma who revealed on them the secret of the invincibility of Shumbha and Nishumbha and showed his inability to help. Returned empty-handed, gods hid in forest where they met their teacher Brahaspati who advised them to pray Parvati for their rescue. When approached, Parvati meditated for a while. Thereupon from her being emerged the divine form of Kaushiki or Kali. She then assured the gods of

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