Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur Visits the Mahamandir
Attributed to Bulaki
Maharaja Man Singh folds his hands in devoted prayer to a surprisingly lifelike statue of the Hindu saint Jalandhar Nath, which rests on a thronelike pedestal. The maharaja stands at the heart of the Mahamandir (Great Temple) which he had built not long before this painting was made. The temple is surrounded by an arcade that separates the sacred spaces within from the worldly spaces outside. Smaller buildings and numerous courtiers fill the grounds, while the vibrant floral border locates the temple in a gardenlike suburb outside the city of Jodhpur. The buildings and people are depicted from many viewpoints, including profile and "bird's-eye" views. According to this system of representation, people and objects are accurately positioned within the overall layout, but the angle from which they are seen is determined by the viewpoint that makes them most recognizable.