Sunday, 7 June 2009

Maa Lokkhi: Bengali Lakshmi Devi

Title: ''Maa Lokkhi ''
Medium: Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
Size: 33cm x 41cm
The painting has a typical village scene from Bengal in the backdrop,
with golden crop fields and mud huts with thatched hay-roofs.

''In Bengal, Lokkhi or Lakshmi is worshiped during a night in Autumn when the moon is full -- the brightest night of the year. It is believed that she showers wealth on this night.

She, along with her mount, the great white owl, descends to Earth and takes away the

darkness of poverty, stagnation, anger, and laziness from our lives.

Her 'vahana', the white owl, is that it represents the royalties and riches, which always serve at her feet; and over whom she has full control.

She is also referred to as 'pranadayini '(giver of life-sustaining energy).

She wears ornaments of gold and a ruby-studded golden crown. Her hair is long, dark and wavy. She holds a pot of gold with her left arm and a crop of rice in her hand.''

-source: wikipedia

This is an image of a traditional Bengali depiction of Lakhsmi Devi.

-Image from this webpage


A rather sweet Bengali folk song, often sung by the little ones on the day of the puja
is written around Lokhhi thakur's 'mukut' or crown:
It goes like this:
''Esho maa lokkhi bosho ghore
Amader e ghore thako aalo kore''

Transliteration:
Welcome Maa Lokhhi, welcome to our home
Come, stay and fill our home with your radiance and blessing.

27 comments:

Doodleduck said...

Beautifully painted....so serene!!

vineeta said...

You are so talented diti, I love this Lakshmi or Maa Lokkhi. She is beautiful.

Swati said...

Wow!!! Your own visual depiction is as vivacious as the goddess Lakshmi.
My own association with the Goddess is Diwali night when Dhan poojan is done. A time to celebrate under the moonless night with light!

megha punater said...

its simply beautiful.
:)

Dithi said...

Thanks lovelies!

Flor Larios Art said...

Gorgeous! I love the hair and all the little details.
Greetings,
Flor

sm said...

excellent

Miriam said...

Complimenti per la fantasia che anima i tuoi dipinti, sono bellissimi!!! Molto affascinante questo tuo nuovo post...
Ciao
Miriam

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magiceye said...

brilliant!

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bLu eYd YoGi said...

OMG girl!!! you are BLOOMING right before my eyes! you are AMAZING!!!
"gO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAM! LIFE THE LIFE YOU'VE IMAGINED!" ~ thoreau
peace.LOVE.&cupcakes!
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Rupa said...

Beautiful!!! I love the details, the colors and everything about this painting! I think this is my current fav LOL! I bet you will outdo this soon! I didn't know that this version of Lakshmi had the white owl for her vahana. Boy, coming from the same country and religion still doesn't mean we know ALL the traditions of such a vast/varied country! That's what makes India special I guess, thanks for enlightening me!

Dithi said...

Swati: This is what is fascinating about India, we have several different interpretations and cultural variations to the same pujas and festivals. I didn't know about Dhan Poojan, very interesting indeed!

Rupa: The owl plays a very significant role in the Bengali context. You know, when a white owl is spotted around one's house, it is auspicious and in a way, blessings of Goddess Lakshmi comes your way.

As kids, we would be thrilled when we spotted a white owl!!

Fernanda R. Lima said...

This is gorgeous! I really love your art Diti!

About your comment on my blog, i don´t really know where to find those images, but i´ll search my arquives... i´ll let you know ok?

Namaste!

Fernanda

Dithi said...

Fernanda, thanks, that would be fine!

Pitu said...

Gorgeous!! Am mad about your artwork :-)

priti.lisa said...

Dithi, practice makes perfect, and you just created a masterpiece! I am so glad I bought 2 of your paintings while I could afford them! She is as beautiful as you are :)

Peachy Cheek said...

You are such an inspiration! the details and the colors are just amazing. I love looking at your art. I am going to be making a purchase very soon..i just cant stop thinking about your beautiful pieces:)

Take care !!!
-Kim

Dithi said...

Pitu: Thank you!

Priti-lisa: Hello Lisa! So good to hear from you after such a long time! My style has changed quite a bit since then (when you purchased) wouldn't you say? But I am glad that you like the change.

Kim: Thank you! Let me know if you have a special commission in mind!

Anonymous said...

Loved the Lakshmi - is she for sale? I have a small studio in Kolkata where I have a DEVI show every Sept-Oct. Would love to have some of your works - please contact me at Aban Desai 91-9830049825 or aban.desai@gmail.com

Rupa said...

Dee, Thanks for telling me about the white owl. In South India, spotting an owl is considered inauspicious! Then again, I hadn't seen too many white owls in India, so may be that would be different!

busyarnab said...

Fabulous!

Pranay said...

in India spotting an owl is auspicious, not inauspicious as said by somebody else.
that is why the owl is by the side of the Goddess of Prosperity

ramesh shah said...

lovely art work, really !
also it look matured too.
well done
ramesh shah

Keyur said...

I was in search of bangali lokhkhi thakur since very long time as I stay in Gujarat i was unable to find ti but thanks to you ...... and after long time I found Lokhkhi Thakur photo which i m going to put It to my small worship place at my home........... thanks again ...... amar ma aar kakima onek bhalo bhashbe e photota......

Keyur said...

I was in search of bangali lokhkhi thakur since very long time as I stay in Gujarat i was unable to find ti but thanks to you ...... and after long time I found Lokhkhi Thakur photo which i m going to put It to my small worship place at my home........... thanks again ...... amar ma aar kakima onek bhalo bhashbe e photota......

Keyur said...

I was in search of bangali lokhkhi thakur since very long time as I stay in Gujarat i was unable to find ti but thanks to you ...... and after long time I found Lokhkhi Thakur photo which i m going to put It to my small worship place at my home........... thanks again ...... amar ma aar kakima onek bhalo bhashbe e photota......

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