Madubani Art | Mukta Rani.
Why turtle is considered so auspicious or why Lord Vishnu chose turtle for his second incarnation?
If you look at turtle and gather the features of its image, what you get to see is a strong cover to protect itself any kind of harshness from outside. But inside that strong cover, there exists a soft body, which can live in water, float with it, walk on nearby sand, which again has a kind of softness. It is the perfect combination of soft and hard. Most important of all, different species of turtle live between 100 to 300 years. One can live that long only if it is healthy.
Now let us imply what it means for us. A man must have tough exterior to protect himself and his family from external harshness and difficulties. This harshness may not just be in physical form, but of emotional and mental form as well. Inside the tough exterior lives a soft body. A man also must have soft and flexible body, temperament and approach to handle the harshness and difficulties of life. If he chooses to have tough and rock interior as well, like his exterior, then harshness and difficulties will end up breaking him in multiple pieces. So, by adopting the features of a turtle, a man can protect his intellect, wealth, health and happiness.
TREE OF LIFE
The Artist imagines the Tree, a source of Life to Humanity. Trees are only source of oxygen which supports our life and hence is integral part of Humanity. Preserve Tree to Preserve our Humanity !
Peacock is a beautiful and auspicious bird as per Mithila Culture.
Village Life of a Girl
About Madhubani Paintings by Mukta Rani
Shakti worship, Ramayana, hospitality and strong woman sum up the culture of Mithila (Darbhanga, Madhubani district of Bihar and Janakpur of Nepal and nearby areas of present days) and all of it is represented through Mithila Painting, which is more popularly known as Madhubani Painting. It was a Maithil woman and the only one, Ubhaya Bharti, wife of Mandan Mishra, great Veda Scholar and writer of Mimamsha and Advaita, defeated Adi Shankaracharya in the knowledge of Veda to avenge her husband’s defeat. Goddess Kali being the presiding deity, culture of Mithila has a distinct scent of feminine energy.
Ramayana may be religious book for some, folklore for some and myth for some, but it is part of a Maithil’s (Domicile of Mithila) daily life. They live it in every aspect of their life, marriage being the most prominent one. Every marriage is made reminiscent of marriage of Lord Rama, Prince of Ayodhya and Princess of Mithila, Goddess Sita and this concept dominates the Mithila Painting.