Women Worshipping a Shiva Linga: Devagandhari Ragini of Hindol, from a Chamba Ragamala

Removed from any temple setting, the focus of the scene is on the intensity of the women’s devotions to the Hindu god Shiva in his abstract form of a linga. The figure on the right tosses flower petals on the linga and offers incense in a handheld censer. Her taller companion wearing a yellow blouse holds two lotus flowers in her hands cupped in devotion as she bows reverently.

Gum tempera and gold on paper


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