During this month the spirits of the ancestors descend on earth to be propitiated. It is the time to worship the nine Durgas for prosperity in this life and future salvation. The kings and their pandits set out to visit their territory. After the monsoon the sky is clear and in the pools the lotuses are in full bloom. The moon brightens the night, and Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi engage in their celestial dance. In this month of Asoja, which is the like the playground of love, why leave me alone? Keshava Dasa
On the month of Asoja/Ashvin (September/October), extract from Indian Love Poetry. This year Ashvin begins on 23 September.
Painting from India: Art and Culture, 1300-1900. I think this is the 17th-18th century Telangana wall painting style that harks back to Vijayanagara but can’t be sure as the picture lacks a caption.
The saris are in the kaccha style and like many late medieval paintings the goddesses have different skin hues.