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The Life-Affirming Togetherness of Radha-Krishna
Under the whispering kadamba tree, against the inky blackness of a night in Vrindavan. Lord Krishna meets His beloved Radha, who has risked a great deal in order to show up for Her Lord under the circumstances. She lunges at Him with all the passion of a woman in love; His long, sinewy, masculine arms barely contain Her. She winds an arm round His neck and makes as if to take Him in Her kiss. He slips a hand under Her thigh and seductively draws Her close. On a night like this, the divine lovers are unable to resist themselves.
A Radha-Krishna rendezvous is a popular theme with traditional and folk artists of India. While Lord Krishna is one of the all-important ihalokiya (worldly) avataras (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu, Radha is considered to be the very roopa (manifestation) of Devi Lakshmi Herself. As such, their profound love, their undying togetherness, their unabashed intimacy with each other are the object of devotion and worship. The painting of Radha-Krishna that you see on this page is as much a work of shraddha as it is of skill.
The rendezvous of Radha-Krishna has been facilitated by a pair of milkmaids (gopiyaan) who are selflessly devoted to Krishna’s pleasure and happiness. They stand on either side of their Lord, looking on with the matchless bhakti of their hearts. A gorgeous swan preens itself in the pond in the foreground and a little deer arches its head back to look at the life-affirming image of the lovers. A black and green-gold bitone colour palette adds to the mood of the composition.
The Life-Affirming Togetherness of Radha-Krishna
Under the whispering kadamba tree, against the inky blackness of a night in Vrindavan. Lord Krishna meets His beloved Radha, who has risked a great deal in order to show up for Her Lord under the circumstances. She lunges at Him with all the passion of a woman in love; His long, sinewy, masculine arms barely contain Her. She winds an arm round His neck and makes as if to take Him in Her kiss. He slips a hand under Her thigh and seductively draws Her close. On a night like this, the divine lovers are unable to resist themselves.
A Radha-Krishna rendezvous is a popular theme with traditional and folk artists of India. While Lord Krishna is one of the all-important ihalokiya (worldly) avataras (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu, Radha is considered to be the very roopa (manifestation) of Devi Lakshmi Herself. As such, their profound love, their undying togetherness, their unabashed intimacy with each other are the object of devotion and worship. The painting of Radha-Krishna that you see on this page is as much a work of shraddha as it is of skill.
The rendezvous of Radha-Krishna has been facilitated by a pair of milkmaids (gopiyaan) who are selflessly devoted to Krishna’s pleasure and happiness. They stand on either side of their Lord, looking on with the matchless bhakti of their hearts. A gorgeous swan preens itself in the pond in the foreground and a little deer arches its head back to look at the life-affirming image of the lovers. A black and green-gold bitone colour palette adds to the mood of the composition.
The Wise And Solemn Devi Sarasvati
A solemn Devi Sarasvati is seated in lalitasana on the back of Her swan. The pristine bird, known for its beauty and poetry of motion, is Her vahana or mount. Its long, lissome neck matches the slender body of the veena which its divine mistress strums on. The veena, a classical musical instrument, is indispensable to the iconography of Devi Sarasvati. As the wife of Lord Brahma, the presiding deity over srshti (creative projection), She is the presiding deity over learning and the fine arts.The Sarasvati murti that you see on this page is a life-sized number sculpted from pure brass. She is wearing a traditional Northern-style saree. The shringar befits Her status as the queen of paraloka (otherworldly realm of existence); they lie gracefully against the maternal curves of Her youthful body. The chaturbhujadharini, the one possessed of (‘dharini’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’), holds a lotus-bud on the verge of bloom and a pothi of the Vedas in Her posterior hands, while both the anterior hands are devoted to cradling the veena.An ornate crown sits on Her head. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the level of detail introduced into the structure - the studded jewels, the engravings on the tapering section, and the chakras on the sides. A serrated halo sets off the composure of omniscience of Devi Sarasvati. Another example of the super-skilled workmanship is to be found in the body of the vahana, its plumage having been executed with a lifelike quality. The composition rests on a discus-shaped pedestal engraved with lotus petals.
The Wise And Solemn Devi Sarasvati
A solemn Devi Sarasvati is seated in lalitasana on the back of Her swan. The pristine bird, known for its beauty and poetry of motion, is Her vahana or mount. Its long, lissome neck matches the slender body of the veena which its divine mistress strums on. The veena, a classical musical instrument, is indispensable to the iconography of Devi Sarasvati. As the wife of Lord Brahma, the presiding deity over srshti (creative projection), She is the presiding deity over learning and the fine arts.The Sarasvati murti that you see on this page is a life-sized number sculpted from pure brass. She is wearing a traditional Northern-style saree. The shringar befits Her status as the queen of paraloka (otherworldly realm of existence); they lie gracefully against the maternal curves of Her youthful body. The chaturbhujadharini, the one possessed of (‘dharini’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’), holds a lotus-bud on the verge of bloom and a pothi of the Vedas in Her posterior hands, while both the anterior hands are devoted to cradling the veena.An ornate crown sits on Her head. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the level of detail introduced into the structure - the studded jewels, the engravings on the tapering section, and the chakras on the sides. A serrated halo sets off the composure of omniscience of Devi Sarasvati. Another example of the super-skilled workmanship is to be found in the body of the vahana, its plumage having been executed with a lifelike quality. The composition rests on a discus-shaped pedestal engraved with lotus petals.

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