Ritual Art Gallery


Ritual Art Gallery

Ritual Paraphernalia

Rajasthan is a land of goddesses and deified satis, Besides local family and clan goddesses, goddesses of the locality and those presiding over diseases and childbirth, there are pan-Indian female divinities such as Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, etc.

The Most popular among these deities is Gangaur, the consort of Isar. Gangaur and Isar Represent Regional forms of Shiva and Parvati. Gangaur is worshipped by women in whose honour they keep vows. She is the goddess of harvest and personified spring. Generally depicted as a two-armed goddess, her images are decked with clothing and ornaments to celebrate her festival, when the sun enters Aries(the opening of the Hindu year), Being a goddess connected with fertility, barley seeds are sown in a trench or a pot, and the young sprouts are presented by women to the men.

Images of Gangaur and Isar are generally made of terracotta but painted wooden ones have also been found.

Images of Clan Goddesses and satis are worshipped daily by family members. Among the Royal and aristocratic families there was a custom of maintaining domestic shrines or special rooms for installation and worship of deities. Among the ritual paraphernalia, the most noticeable were sets of miniature garments, crowns and ornaments. Shangar, or ritual decoration of cultic images with clothing, was one of the forms of Hindu worship. Often such sets were offered by devotees on fulfillment of their vows. Most of the sets displayed here belong to early and mid-twentieth century.

The Chamber of domestic worship often hand subsidiary images of deities hung on the walls. A range of such images made of silver plaques including those of Krishna, Shiva, Vishnu and Lakshmi, displayed here come from the early twentieth century.