Maharana Jagat Singh II of Mewar Holds a Feast for Yogis
Attributed to Syaji, India (Western India, Rajasthan)
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This painting depicts a great feast that was hosted by Maharana Jagat Singh II, ruler of Mewar, who is shown at the far right with a halo. This feast was for a group of 130 yogis, venerated devotees of Shiva who lived in a forest monastery and regularly undertook rigorous physical austerities for their spiritual conditioning. The painter clearly took great delight in depicting the assorted bodies and poses of the naked, ash-covered yogis, and he painted many of them from the rear to exhibit their elaborate matted hair.