Project Description

Krishna as Venugopala

One of Hinduism’s best-loved stories took place when Krishna was a young cowherd. To facilitate dealing with a troublesome demon, Vishnu incarnated himself in human form, growing from a mischevious, butter-loving baby into a beautiful, young flute playing cowherd. The girls of the village adored Krishna, and it didn’t take much urging to get them to sneak out to dance all night with him under the moonlight (Krishna was able to supernaturally stretch the night into a Brahma-night of 4.32 billion years). The dance is known as Rasa Lila, or Dance of Divine Love, and has inspired several classic dance forms which remain popular today. One of the cowherd girls (gopis), Radha, became a particular favourite of young Krishna and their love became a metaphor in the cultural sense of the ideal romantic love, and in the spiritual sense mirrored the ultimate form of unconditional love of God (Bhakti).

As the young flute playing cowherd, Krishna is known as Venugopala. His importance in the Hindu pantheon ensures he is wearing appropriate royal adornment (alankara). His hair is tied up in a topknot rather than tucked under the usual golden crown (mukuta), and his jewellery is kept to a lavish minimum. He plays his flute (venu) standing in the posture of Natavarasana, one ankle crossed over the other. As an avatar of Vishnu, Krishna represents Vishnu (balance, sustenance, and preservation) in his ability to balance the material and the spiritual.

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22 in / 56 cm
35.16 lbs / 15.95 kgs