This pichhavai was created for the Vallabha sect of Hinduism. Vallabha priests perform rituals to venerate and care for Krishna, preparing sumptuous shrines and images of the deity for daily viewings [darshan] and seasonal festivals. The hanging was made for the Nanda mahotsava, a festival commemorating baby Krishna’s arrival in Gokula and the celebrations held by his adoptive father, Nanda. As shown here, during the festival an image of baby Krishna is rocked in a cradle by priests enacting the roles of Krishna’s parents.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label