Archive for June, 2007

Krishna Leela 05

June 11, 2007

                    Vasudev carraying Krishna 

Vasudeva carrying KrishnaTerribly afraid of Kamsa, Vasudeva, as urged by the Lord from inside, carried the child in his hands, the chains broken.  Approaching the doors, the doors flew open.  The sentinels were all in deep sleep.  Just when Vasudeva got out of prison, Yasoda at Vraja, gave birth to a girl, who was Yogamayadevi.  Proceeding further after midnight, gentle showers fell.  The thousand headed Ananta spread his head over the child protecting it from rains.  Walking on and on, Vasudeva came to the banks of Yamuna which was in spate, flowing in torrential current.  The tumultuous waters subsided to the ankles.  Vasudeva effortlessly crossed the river; and reached Gokula.  Vasudeva placed the child near Yasoda and took Yasoda’s child in his hands.  He quickly reached the prison at Mathura and placed the child on Devaki’s bed.

Krishna Leela -04

June 10, 2007

Birth of Krishna              Birth of krishna 2            

Birth of Krishna For the protection of the good.For the destruction of the wicked,And for establishing Dharma,I take birth in every age.In Dwapara Yug, Sri Maha Vishnutook birth as Sri Krishna.In the month of Shravana, under superbly fine weather conditions, on the eight day, Ashtami, of the dark half of the moon, at midnight, under the prevailing star Rohini, the Supreme Being Vishnu was born of Devaki.  The Purnavatara!  The All-complete Incarnation!  Vasudeva saw the wonderful child!  Eyes like lotus petals!  Four hands with conch, mace, discus and lotus; the distinguishing mark Srivatsa on the right chest with Kaustubha jewel on the neck; wearing yellow silk; with all blue complexion, the mild blueness of the clouds!  …   …   …

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Krishna Leela -3

June 9, 2007

Kalamakari paiting Krishna Leela 3

For ages, the story of Krishna had been a favorite theme for sculptures, artists, singers and  stage performers.  Artists, traditional as well as folklore from villages, have painted the various events of Krishna ’s life so enchanting.
 The attached picture is a folklore painting from Andhra Pradesh – Kalamkari painting on cloth. It portrays some events of destroying demons.

 Such folklore pictures are popular in Orissa and Maharashtra also.  In olden days, Bards used to take small pictures like these to villages, and showing them explain the story.