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Temple hanging of the Vaishnava sect depicting festival of Sharad Purnima or autumn full moon

Unknown1900/1910

Crafts Museum

Crafts Museum
New Delhi, India

The pichhavais or ritual temple hangings of the Vallabacharya sect are beautifully painted cotton cloths used as backdrops behind the main idol of Krishna in the inner shrine of the temple. This particular painting is used for the festival or Sharad Purnima or autumn full moon.

Shri Nathji, the local form of Krishna, stands on a throne of lotuses. The forested landscape of Brindavan, the groves where Krishna played as a child, is indicated by the plantain leaves and mango trees. Three Gopis, or cowherdesses, stand on each side with raised arms as of dancing for theior beloved Krishna.

The lower panels depict scenes of govardhan puja (cow-nourisher-worship) and danlila or Krishna demanding butter as toll, and a row of white cows looking up towards the main deity. Around the central portion are 24 small panels depicting various scenes from Krishna's life.

Details

  • Title: Temple hanging of the Vaishnava sect depicting festival of Sharad Purnima or autumn full moon
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1900/1910
  • Location: Udaipur area, Rajasthan
  • Physical Dimensions: Pigment on cloth, 263 cm x 204 cm
  • Provenance: Udaipur area, Rajasthan
  • Type: Pichhvai Painting
  • Rights: Text : Jyotindra Jain, Aarti Aggarwala. Museums of India, National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Limited, 1989.ISBN 0-944142-23-0 Photograph by : Pankaj Shah
  • Gallery: Crafts Museum collection

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