Early Indian classical texts conceive three basic iconographic forms or the rupas of Krishna. They are his Aradhya-rupa, that is, his votive image, his Vishwa-rupa, or his cosmic vision, and his Soumya-rupa or Lalita-rupa, the form that drags one with its moon-like placid beauty.

Krishna as a child (Balakrishna) is elucidated aesthetically in sculptures and paintinga. Krishna alone, among the avataras of Vishnu, is worshipped as a child, youth etc., forms that fit for exhibiting the various kinds of bhakti, for instance that of a mother to her child, that of a wife for husband and that of a friend for a friend. As a baby, Krishna is represented as crawling, sometimes with a ball of butter in his hand.


  • Title: Benne Krishna (Butter Krishna)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Date: 18th Century
  • Date Created: 1810-12
  • Location Created: Tamil Nadu, India
  • Type: Wood carving/artifact
  • External Link: http://www.sgmf.co.in/

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