Yet another depiction of a true place of confluence, the Godavari River is an important site of pilgrimage to all major religions present in the Subcontinent. The banks of the river Godavari are a buzzing place where daily life and its religious rituals take place.
Depicted in this work, the surroundings of Sri Sundar Narayan Mandir, build in 1756 and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, show several worshipers preparing for their religious practices on the steps that precede the main entrance of the temple. The warm palette conveys the spiritual atmosphere of the site in perfect contrast with the impression of continuous human movement left by Trindade’s quick and light brushstrokes.
References: Shihandi, Marcella, et al, António Xavier Trindade: An Indian Painter from Portuguese Goa (exhibition catalogue), Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 1996; Tavares, Cristina Azevedo et al, António Xavier Trindade: Um Pintor de Goa (exhibition catalogue), Lisbon, Fundação Oriente, 2005; Gracias, Fátima, Faces of Colonial India: The Work of Goan Artist António Xavier Trindade (1870-1935), Panjim, Goa, Fundação Oriente, 2014.


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