For the Sake of Duty Itself….

For the Sake of Duty Itself….
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Watercolor on Patti
Artist Rabi Behera
17.5 inches X 11.5 inches
Item Code: PM01
Price: $155.00
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Riding a chariot drawn by four white well-bred steeds is the blue-bodied Krishna. Seated on the chariot behind him is Arjuna, one of the five Pandava brothers. A long drawn enmity between the Pandavas and the Kauravas resulted in a battle. A fierce fight took place, causing death to millions and also unaccountable destruction.

Recounting the tale in this painting is the scene that changed the course of history. It depicts a dialogue between the divine Krishna and Arjuna, during the war between the cousins on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Krishna had become Arjuna's charioteer, for he refused to take up arms in the family feud. Arjuna, seeing his kinsmen ranged against him, was overcome by despair and said, O Krishna, I do not desire to slay these enemies, even for the sake of the lordship of, the three worlds, let alone the earth." Krishna sermonizes, the sermon recorded in the form of a poem, which forms a part of Mahabharata. The sermon is commonly known as 'Geeta': the quintessence of the whole poem can be given in these few words: One should pursue the fulfillment of one's duty, not for any rewards or results, but for the sake of duty itself, without attachment to the fruit of action.

Here Krishna can be seen pointing out the army of the Kauravas to Arjuna, since the latter has requested him to take chariot between the two armies so that he could see “who all he had to fight against.” An ominous face signifying the horrible face of war can be seen perched on a pillar in front of the chariot.

This situation is the setting for the profound philosophical teaching which is the core of Hinduism and has exerted powerful influence over the world since ancient times.

This painting was created in the ancient city of Puri, known for its Vaishnavism since time immemorial.

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