Mother Yashoda and Child

Mother Yashoda and Child

COVER by B .G. Sharma

Mother Yashoda and Child. B.G. Sharma is internationally recognized for his mastery of the traditional Indian painting styles of Kangra, Kishangarh, and Mughal. He uses pigments derived from natural ingredients: colored minerals, semi-precious stones, plants, leaves, and cow’s urine. For the miniature paintings, he can be found painting with the hairs of a squirrel’s tail!

Born in 1924 to the descendants of court artisans, Sharma began painting at the age of five. He is a recipient of the prestigious National Art Award for Master Craftsman and has been commissioned to paint portraits of several heads of state, including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In Hinduism, Yashoda embodies the highest devotional ideals and is revered for her selfless service as the “Mother of God.” “Mother Yashoda and Child” is featured in Beauty, Power and Grace: The Many Faces of the Goddess by Mandala Publishing ( This and other titles featuring Sharma’s original illustrations are available in bookstores or direct from the publisher by calling (800) 668-2218 or visiting

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