Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan, from a Bhagavata Purana

Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan, from a Bhagavata Purana

1686

Gum tempera on paper

Page: 19.4 x 27.6 cm (7 5/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.134

Exhibition

Krishna and the Path of Grace – Indian Gallery 242 Rotation

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The “hundred-eyed” Indra wears the garments of a Mughal emperor, with his tunic tied under the right arm.

Description

After Krishna convinced the dwellers of the cowherd village in Braj to not give the annual offering to Indra, king of the gods, an enraged Indra flooded the village with heavy rainfall. Krishna, shown with four arms, lifted nearby Mount Govardhan, and the villagers took shelter underneath. The painting depicts a heavy torrent of rain, and in the upper left, Indra sits enthroned with two attendants and his white elephant mount.

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