May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016

The Goddess Annihilates the Demon Raktabija, from a Devi-Mahatmya

The Goddess Annihilates the Demon Raktabija, from a Devi-Mahatmya

c. 1640

Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper

Page: 16.2 x 25.7 cm (6 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.128


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The painting also depicts Hanuman, the monkey god, fighting for the Goddess.


The demon Raktabija had received a boon that from each drop of his blood that falls on the ground, a new demon would arise. When the Goddess wounded Raktabija in combat, and drops of his blood fell on the ground and generated new Raktabijas, she extended her tongue to catch every drop before it hit the ground. Here she is shown lapping up Raktabija himself.

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