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Shri mansarovar - 'The Lake of Tears'. Nathdwara, circa late 19th century. Opaque watercolour with tooled gold on wasli. 34.6 x 26.3cm
In Krishna mythology Lake Mansarovar was formed by the tears of Radha after she had become separated there from Krishna. Krishna is said to have punished her and other gopis for their arrogance in believing each of them dance alone with krishna during Ras Lila by making himself disappear. In the picture Radha and Krishna each have a nimbus to signify them. The isolated temple there in the wetlands across the Yamuna river from Vrindavan is unusual in that the main image is of Radha, alone.
With thanks to the kindness of Tarun pant for his translation of the inscription.
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Above: tooled gilt detail reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm