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* 21 Sep 2021
Khovar & Sohrai Art
Pithora - The religious art is practised by the Rathva, Nayak, Dhanak and Bhil tribals of the Panchmahal and Chhota Udepur districts of Gujarat and western Madhya Pradesh, as a prayer and thanks to their chief God Babo Pithoro or Pithorodev. When they have been relieved of their troubles, they create an art on the walls of their houses. It is not merely an art form, but their belief of getting the aid of the super powers, to appease the Gods.  It is a community effort and all those involved in creating the wall figures believe that they would also benenfit from their efforts.  The main motif is horses depicting their beliefs, daily life, histories, and mythologies

It is usually drawn on three different walls inside the Rathva homes, specially in osari and the entire process is part of a common ritual to call upon prosperity, peace and the abolition of several obstacles from the lives of a family in particular.

There are generally two types of Pithora, which are based on the development of vows and the economic capability of the Ghardhani. Based on the multiple variations they are basically Ardho Pithoro (called half Pithor), and Akho Pithoro (that is called complete Pithora). In the painting of Ardho Pithora, generally five to nine horses are basically drawn and from them, none of the horses have any of the riders apart from for Baba Ganeh. A painting of Akho Pithora usually consists of atotal number of 18 horses with their heavenly riders.
Source: All about the Traditional Pithora and Various Types of It, ;