Mata Ni Pachedi, Vishat Mata

21st century

Vishat Mata’s name is derived from the Gujarati ‘vis-hath’ or twenty hands. Interestingly, even though she’s named for that very quality, this goddess is rarely represented in paintings with twenty arms; some six-armed goddesses have also been identified as Vishat Mata. Her mount is a black buffalo. The Goddess usually carries swords, a dagger, a bowl of blood and a trident. Vishat Mata is tied with the origin legend of the Vaghris, who consider themselves an offspring of Bhagwan or Lord Vishnu and the goddess. To show her fierceness, besides flowers she wears a snake in her hair.

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.

Vishat Mata
21st century
Sanjay Chitara
Cotton cloth hand-painted and block-printed with natural dyes
H: 160 cm x W: 152 cm
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