Santoshi Thangka is an artwork that portrays the Hindu goddess Santoshi Mata. This deity is of recent origin and widely revered as the mother who grants all the wishes and desires of her devotees, while leading them to satisfaction and contentment.
Santoshi Mata is portrayed as a stunning goddess with an agreeable countenance. Her four arms each grasp symbolic objects: a trident (trishula), suggesting her capacity to conquer impediments; a pot of gold (kalasha), signifying wealth prosperity; a rosary (mala), alluding to commitment worship; and a book (pustaka), denoting knowledge.
Santoshi Mata is traditionally portrayed on a lotus flower throne and adorned with Hindu accoutrements like necklaces, bracelets, and a regal headdress. Her association with yellow symbolizes luck and abundance.
Devotees of Santoshi Mata maintain an observance on Fridays, wherein they fast and give offerings of sweets, fruits, and other vegetarian dishes. This is done in hopes of gaining the blessings of the goddess and having their wishes fulfilled, bringing fulfillment and joy to their lives. The customary practice additionally includes reciting verses and hymns dedicated to Santoshi Mata.