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Madhubani paintings evolved in the region of Madhubani, Bihar, India. It is believed that this style of painting originated at the time of the Ramayana, when King Janak commissioned the womenfolk of Mithila to decorate the village for the marriage of his daughter Sita, to Lord Rama.
As Madhubani paintings developed around the Mithila district of Bihar, they are also known as Mithila paintings. The central theme is Hindu gods and goddesses and the majority is still Ramayana-centric. The artists also use an interesting assortment of figures like fish, flowers, snakes or peacocks symbolising the deeper quests for romantic love, divine benevolence and good luck.
The distinctiveness of Madhubani paintings comes as much from the use of vibrant colours as from the unique style double-lined borders and representation of abstract bodies of deities with prominent doe-shaped eyes. The revival and popularity of this art form in recent times has reaffirmed its timelessness and beauty.
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