Durga, Kali, and Five Matrikas Battle the Daitya Army of the Demon Shumbha: Scene from the Devi Mahatmya

As the Daitya army approaches, Matrikas spring from the bodies of Brahma, Vishnu, Indra, Shiva, and Skanda, who are readily identifiable: Brahma sitting on a swan, Vishnu on the bird Garuda, Indra on an elephant, Maheshwari on a bull, and Kumari on a peacock. The Devi Mahatmya text celebrates Durga’s victory over the Daitya Asuras, who embody unchecked human emotions.

Ink, wash, and translucent watercolor on paper


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