Navaratri series Day 3: Māheshwari or Rudrāni
” Māheswariyum rishabhathin meethil… -Janani Jagath Karani, Dance Drama by SDN
Māheswari is the Shakti of Lord Shiva. Also known by the names Raudri, Rudrani, Maheshi and Shivani (derived from Lord Shiva’s names Rudra, Mahesha, and Shiva), She is white complexioned and has Trinetra (three eyes).
She mounts Nandi (the bull) and is depicted with four or six hands. She holds a Trishula (trident), a Damaru (drum), an Akshamala (A garland of beads) and a Panapatra (drinking vessel) or an axe, an antelope and a kapala (skull-bowl). She adorns serpents on Her arms, the beautiful crescent moon on Her head, with the Jatā Makuta (A headdress formed of piled, matted hair), similar to Lord Shiva.
Goddess Māheswari blesses us with Her protection, and helps in overcoming through prayer.
Done using Camlin Acrylic paint on Watercolour Sheet (no references used, own creation, modelled on a commonly seen dance pose)
Painting Process Video :
Navaratri Series Day 3: Mathrika Devi ‘Māheshwari’ Painting