Mata Ni Pachedi, Bahuchara Mata

21st century

Bahuchara Mata is the central figure of this work. The goddess is depicted sitting on a rooster inside a shrine-like structure. Her is flanked by the images of Hindu gods and devotees, and foliage on the outside. This goddess’s name is derived from the Gujarati words ‘bahu’, meaning many and ‘chara’, meaning movement. Her mount or vahan is a rooster, she’s the patron saint of the hijra community and on Mata-ni-Pachedi textiles she’s often portrayed with four arms holding a sword, an incense burner and a trident. Read more about goddesses and their vahans

Sanjay Manubhai Chitara, based in Ahmedabad, has been an artist preserving the tradition of Mata-ni-Pachedi paintings for more than two decades. He began painting as an assistant to his father and National Award-winning artist Manubhai, at the age of 12. Sanjay received the same recognition in 2000 when President Abdul Kalam presented him with the National Award.

Bahuchara Mata
21st century
Sanjay Chitara
Cotton cloth hand-painted and block-printed with natural dyes
H: 112 cm x W: 151 cm
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