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Panchamukhi Hanuman pataka, gouache on cotton. Jodhpur. 19th century. 60 by 49cm.

This type of pataka painting was commissioned by Tantric sadhakas (practioners) for abhicharaka yoga - ritual worship done for boon-granting, gaining vantage, etc. Panchamukhi means five-headed.

Ref: Jodhpur Hanupataka

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