||Ritual Pot (Aihwat ki Patil)
||National Museum, New Delhi
|Period / Year of Work
||20th century CE
||Ht. 61 cms (approx.)
||This is a votive or ritual pot relating to the Raja Shailesh
cult, made by the potters or kumhars of the Dushadh community in
Darbhanga District of Bihar.
||According to the myth of the Dushadh community, Raja
a mythical hero ruled a kingdom which stretched across Tibet,
Bhutan, Nepal and Mithila. He is often depicted as an
equestrian rider with an imposing scale and posture and is
offered as a votive offering to a sanctuary created for him
There are a variety of votive items associated with the
of Raja Shailesh such as the Malin pot also called 'Aihwat-
Patil' comprising malins or flower girls. These terracotta
artefacts are mostly made out of black and yellow clay and
painted using very bright colours.
The other colourful painted vases from this area are referred
to as chhatawala tariya and kirodhini having ritualistic
significance in ceremonies like weddings.