Manjushas are a folk traditional Indian art form that originated from the ancient city of Anga (modern-day Bhagalpur). They are temple-shaped boxes comprising eight pillars. They are made of bamboo, jute, and paper. The boxes were illustrated with paintings that tell a tale. And the tale was of Bihula who saved her husband from the deity’s wrath and a snake-bite and also of Bishahari or Mansa They also contain paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses and other characters. They also contain paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses and other characters. These boxes are used in Bishahari puja, a festival dedicated to the Snake God that is celebrated in Bhagalpur and nearby regions, India. Manjusha Art is an ancient and historically significant art form, considered on a par with Madhubani art. Manjusha Art or Manjusha Kala is often referred to as snake painting by foreigners as swirling snakes in the artist depict the central character Bihula’s tale of love and sacrifice.
When it comes to Manjusha paintings majorly three colors are used namely pink, green, and yellow. These colors hold significance; Pink is for Care, Relation, Victory; Green is for Nature & Health, Dark green is associated with Financial Businesses; Yellow is for Joy, Young, Fun, Happy Feelings, Confidence, Boost enthusiasm, and Optimism.
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