That the Madhubani village is in touch with cosmic phenomenon is evident from
this painting which conveys more than it shows. There are various
speculations regarding the origin of man and the story of creation. As
painted by the Madhubani artist, a golden egg was produced in the causal
boundless waters, from which came forth the lord of progeny, Prajapati. From
him was born a daughter, Saraswati and also the hymns Savitri, Gayatri and
twilight Sandhya, according to the Matsya Purana. The Markandya Purana adds
that 'as the Golden Embryo, Brahma is the first among the gods. He has no
beginning; he dwells in the centre of the earth's lotus.'
The artist conveys his knowledge about the cosmic order in this simple
painting in which the cosmic milieu is grey with linear patterns in white,
giving it an ethereal effect. The luminous golden egg is painted in shining
golden colour relaying its importance. The painting would have been
incomplete without the characteristic bright colours of Madhubani which the
artist has used in the border.
This description by Renu Rana.
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