Manjushas are temple-shaped boxes, Containg 8 -Pillars.They are made of bamboo,jute and paper.They also contains Painting of Gods and Goddesses and Other Characters.These boxes are used in Bishahari puja -A festival Dedicated to Snake God,Celebrated in Bhagalpur,India.
According to legend, Manjusha art or Angika Art Originated in AngaPradesh (Present Day Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Tarai area of the Nepal) which was used in Bihula-Vishahri Pooja, celebrated usually in August to please snake gods(Nag).
Legends says that five daugheters of Lord Shiva -Maina, Bhawani, Devi, Padma and Jaya known as Bishahari (Meaning Person carrying Poison). They requested to Workship earth Which Shiva granted and This Festival of Bishari started.
Manjusha Art is one of the very old and historically very important Art which is expression wise not less than Madhubani Art or any art of India. Manjusha Art or Manjusha Kala is often referred to as Snake Paintings by foreigners as swirling snakes in the art depict the central character Bihula’s tale of love and sacrifice.
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