Krishna, Balarama And Nanda Receive Akrura - 18Th Century, Pahari Paintings - C.1760 - 65 - Vintage Indian Miniature Art Painting - Large Art Prints
This illustration is from book ten of the bhagavata purana. akrura, a yadava chief, has brought a message to krishna and his brother balarama from kansa, the king of mathura and krishna's evil uncle. kansa has invited krishna and balarama to a celebration in mathura but he intends to kill krishna when he arrives. akrura sees through kansa's cunning plan and warns krishna of his uncle's intentions. nevertheless, krishna and balarama plan to go to the celebration. there is a related illustration in the collection of the philadelphia museum of art which illustrates akrura's mystic vision of krishna as a cosmic deity seated underwater while krishna and balarama are in a chariot on their way to attend kansa's festivities in mathura (acc.no.1994-148-483).
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