mama sirasi mandanam, dehi pada-pallavam udaram” Meaning- “Your feet as
beautiful as the flowers heal the heart from the poison of passionate love.
They extinguish the raging fire of love that resides in my heart. Thus, please
be kind and let your feet adorn my head.” When poet Jaidev imagined Krishna
saying this to Radha, he could not bring himself to write such a thing. Shocked
by his own thoughts, he went to take a dip in the river Padmavati to clear his head. On returning,
he found that Krishna himself added this very verse to his work, which came to
be known as Gita- Govind, the Song of Govind or Krishna.
a marble jharokha-shaped frame, the scene in this watercolour Rajput miniature
is a representation of Krishna’s adoration for Radha. Krishna-Radha paintings are commonplace in Rajput art, where they serve as the divine model for human love. Sitting in her courtyard
surrounded by a lotus-covered water body, Radha looks exquisite in her red
attire and pearl jewellery. Her face is turned away from an almost prostrated
Krishna, who has come to her with an offering of lotus flowers. Another female figure,
Radha’s attendant acts as a mediator, talking to Krishna on her behalf.
Intricate designs on the carpet, flowers blossoming in the tree and the bushes
in the background, dark waters and lotuses sprouting out of it and the lush
green hills at the back add a naturalistic magnificence to the painting.
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