, Shrinathji dressed for Autumn Moon festival [Sharad purnima]; shrine hanging [pichhavai] Enlarge 1 /1
Nathdvara, Rajasthan, India

Shrinathji dressed for Autumn Moon festival [Sharad purnima]
shrine hanging [pichhavai]
mid 19th century Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour and silver on cotton
Dimensions: 145.0 h x 88.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Acquired through the National Gallery of Australia Foundation 2011
Accession No: NGA 2011.23

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