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Radha and Krishna watching fireworks in the night sky

SitaramLate 18th Century

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

The month of Karttika is indicated by the cooler autumn month highlighted by the festival Diwali or Deepavali which occurs fourteen days after the full moon of the month of Asvin. This festival commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his fourteen year long exile, and also pays homage to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. At dusk, the age-old tradition of lightning oil lamps gave it to the name – Festival of Lights. Lights are lit and placed on the walls and entrances of houses. To enjoy this festival of lights, which occurs on an amavasaya (dark night), firecrackers are lit and light are lit and placed on the walls and entrances of the houses.

Radha and Krishna are seated on a chair against a pillow and enjoying fire works with gopis. Two females are standing behind the chair. Some gopis standing in front are playing veena and sitar and some are holding fire works.

Details

  • Title: Radha and Krishna watching fireworks in the night sky
  • Creator: Sitaram
  • Date Created: Late 18th Century
  • Location: Kishangarh, Rajasthan
  • Physical Dimensions: 45.5 x 31cms
  • Medium: Painting

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