Krishna's encounters with demons are pictorially narrated with delight. Especially mentionable is his tryst with Kaliya, the serpent, who polluted the waters of river Yamuna. After a fierce dual Krishna tamed him, dancing on his multiple heads, with his tail in one hand. As he was about to slay Kaliya, the latter’s numerous wives arose out of the river, pleading for his life.
In the center of the composition is Krishna gleefully dancing on the hood of Kaliya. Around him are the naga-patnis, wives of the serpent, folding hands, appealing for his release.
Kaliya’s outstretched tail forms a canopy over Krishna’s head, as if asserting his own obeisance to the great God. The whole setting itself if enchanting, what with the lotuses about to bloom and the lush trees swaying in the wind.
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