"In this video, Deepali Dewan, Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, looks closely at one painting from a manuscript relating the stories of the Hindu Goddess Durga. This painting is part of the collection of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and was displayed at the ROM in the “Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” exhibition from March 9 – September 2, 2019."
"In Hindu philosophy, Durga represents the feminine energy (Shakti) that is more powerful than any one of the male gods alone. Her victories over various demons represent the triumph of good over evil. She was revered in Jodhpur for her prowess as a warrior and celebrated during the festival of Dussehra ‒ commemorating her victory over the Buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Monumental paintings such as these were likely held up as visual aids while The Story of Durga was narrated."