Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

c. 1780–90
Image: 20.6 x 14 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.); with borders: 21.6 x 15.2 cm (8 1/2 x 6 in.)
Location: not on view
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Eyes cover the body of Indra, known as the "Thousand-Eyed One."


Krishna supports Mount Govardhan with nothing but his little finger as he gazes into the eyes of his favorite cowherd girl, Radha, and pats the head of a child. His brother Balarama, with white skin and a blue garment, adds further support with a staff. The cows and members of the herding community all cluster close to Krishna, sheltered from the raging storm sent by Indra riding his white elephant in the sky.
Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan

c. 1780–90

Northern India, Himachal Pradesh, Pahari Kingdom of Kangra

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