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Pichwai

Pichwai is a style of painting that developed in the town of Nathdwara in Rajasthan. The paintings depict the iconography of the blue-skinned, mischievous Hindu god, Lord Krishna. Pichwai comes from the Sanskrit for backdrop as these paintings were hung behind the idol of the deity in his shrine. The Nathdwara school of Pichwai’s started when the Vallbhachari sect created twenty-four iconographic depictions, linked to various festivals.

The paintings depict the many moods, and myths of Krishna as Shri Nath ji. Capturing the resplendent attire of the deity, these elaborate creations were considered offering of devotion. The imagery of the Pichwais is static like a freeze frame. The lace-like detailing captures the various leelas of Shri Nath ji.Traditionally, the paintings were created on starched handspun with pigments like indigo, orpiment, lapiz and cochineal. The more luxurious pieces were even encrusted with jewels. Today fabric colors and gold and silver leaf continue to be used.

The artists of Nathdwara, live together in the ‘Chitron ki Gali’ or street of paintings. The art forms has survived several centuries being passed down through the generations of the community. Each art piece is often a collaboration between several artists working under a master artist. The Shri Nathji temple of Nathdwara is the center of patronage for this beautiful art form.

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Rs. 38,000.00

Artist: Sushil Soni Genre: Pichwai Size:  2 ft x 3 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth Lord Shri Nathji being served by his devotees, the scenes around depict the various ‘sevas’ and the temple precincts.      

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Rs. 50,800.00

Artist: Sushil Soni Genre: Pichwai Size:  3ft x 4 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth The ‘annakuth’ leela, the day after Diwali when Shri Nathji lifted the Gowardhan parvat (mountain) to save the people is depicted in a silver and gold poshak. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the people of Braj for ignoring...

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Rs. 12,000.00

Artist: Sushil Soni Genre: Pichwai Size:  1.5 ft x 2 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth Gopashtmi or the Festival of Cows, is celebrated every year in the late autumn to celebrate Krishna’s elevation from caretaker of calves to cowherd, Govinda. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the people of Braj for ignoring...

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Rs. 8,900.00

Artist: Sushil Soni Genre: Pichwai Size:  1.5 ft x 2 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth The Kadamba tree signifying Lord Krishna surrounded by his favourite cows. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the people of Braj for ignoring him during Govardhan pooja. He showered heavy rains on the people of Braj. In...

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Rs. 44,500.00

Genre: Pichwai Size:  2 ft x 3 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth Surrounded by gopas, gopis and cows, Sri Nathji plays flute. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the people of Braj for ignoring him during Govardhan pooja. He showered heavy rains on the people of Braj. In order to save the...

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Rs. 9,000.00

Genre: Pichwai Size:  1.5 ft x 2 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth Shipment Time: 7 to 10 days The painting will be shipped in rolled form According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the people of Braj for ignoring him during Govardhan pooja. He showered heavy rains on the people of Braj. In order...

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Rs. 12,500.00

Genre: Pichwai Size:  1.5 ft x 2 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth Gopashtmi or the Festival of Cows, is celebrated every year in the late autumn to celebrate Krishna’s elevation from caretaker of calves to cowherd, Govinda. The painting depicts Lord Krishna's favourite cows of Vrindavan. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the...

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Rs. 17,500.00

Artist: Sushil Soni Genre: Pichwai Size:  1.5 ft x 2 ft Medium: Natural colours and use of gold and silver on cloth According to Hindu mythology, Lord Indra was  angered by the people of Braj for ignoring him during Govardhan pooja. He showered heavy rains on the people of Braj. In order to save the people from Indra’s wrath,  Lord Krishna lifted Gowardhan...