With its calm ambiance of worship at a deserted shrine on a river bank, our illustrated album page captures the essence of Bhairav raga which relates to the earlier times of the day with a mood that is serene or peaceful. Bhairav, or dog, references the companion of Shiva, to whom this musical mode is dedicated, when the deity assumes the form of an ascetic wandering the cremation grounds.
In the Rajasthani tradition Bhairav raga's iconography consists of a seated lord being anointed by his female consort while listening to musicians on a terrace (Klaus Ebeling, Ragamala Painting, Basel, Paris and New Delhi, 1973, no. 187, p. 241).
For another painting of the same series and album, please see lots 8, 9, 10.