This sacred portrait, chitraji, presents Krishna as Shrinathji. The imagery symbolises the god lifting a mountain with his left hand to protect against a great rainstorm. The painting was created in Nathdvara, Rajasthan, for use by followers of the Vallabha Hindu sect who worship Krishna through festivals, viewings [darshan] of divine images and ritual. Here the deity holds a lotus and wears the dancing skirt, headdress and garlands typical of those adorning Krishna sculptures during Autumn Moon festival.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label