Krishna is the eighth incarnation of God Vishnu. His death marks the end of
Dwaparayuga and the start of the Kaliyuga. He is one of the most popular of all Hindu deities
and revered as a direct channel to God Vishnu’s celestial form. There are numerous stories
sung of him and Radha, an avatar of Lakshmi, who is said to accompany him in all of his ten
In this gleaming Panchaloha Bronze idol, Radha and Krishna, along with the other Gopis, are engrossed in Raas Lila; a celestial dance of divine love. A process of Bhakti, connecting our material spirits to the transcending vibrations of Lord Krishna, achieved through utter devotion. Raas Lila is a popular theme in many traditional dance forms of India, such as Kathak and Manipuri. Krishna is portrayed, in this beautiful panchaloha bronze piece, playing his divine flute, Venu. The bronze Krishna is dressed in rich ornaments; a keyur (armlet) on his biceps and peacock feathers on his crown. Radha’s expressions are of rapt attention. She dances to his tunes; her scarf swirling behind her. Her hair dangles in knots below her waist.
The idol is made by sculptors of Swamimalai, using madhuchistavidhana (lost-wax) technique. Both Radha and Krishna are represented in tribhanga posture where the body bends at three positions: knee, hip and shoulders. Their images are placed on the lotus pedestal, surrounded below by ten gopis, playing dholaks and dancing to dandiya. Radha and the Gopis are a symbol of unconditional devotion, bhakti, to the lord. Raas Lila finds a special mention in Hindu scriptures as a way to unite a devotee with the god; a path to liberation not through worship but through love and surrender
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