Indian and Himalayan Art
The Goddess Durga Slaying the Elephant Demon, Karindrasura (Jagaddhatri)Made in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata), West Bengal, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Transparent, opaque, and metallic watercolors on paper
Currently not on view
1994-148-563Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994
LabelJagaddhatri, one of the martial forms of Durga, is celebrated for defeating the elephant demon, Karindrasura. She is especially popular in West Bengal, where a special puja (Hindu worship) in her honor takes place every autumn. In souvenir paintings created at the famous Kalighat temple near Kolkata (Calcutta), she is usually shown astride her lion vehicle (vahana) which itself stands upon the elephant. Unlike other forms of Durga, Jagaddhatri has four rather than ten arms. She carries an arrow, a discus, a conch shell, and a bow. Here the image overlays a linear grid, which may have served as a compositional aid.