Of the many
names that are used by the devotees of Krishna to address him, “Hari”- “one who
takes away” is a beautiful expression of the powers and benevolence of Krishna,
who begins by “taking away” the material possessions and ends with taking away
the worldly attachments and sins of his devotees, thus ensuring that his
children achieve “Moksha”, the ultimate human goal.
awe-striking stone Sri Krishna statue is an artist’s ode to the omnipresent
Lord, whose Bhakti (devotion) ensures that the human soul reaches its final
destination. Eight-armed celestial form of Krishna stands in the middle of this
marvelously detailed stone statue, which is adorned with numerous fine motifs
and creative devices and is a shrine unto itself. The mesmerizing Roopa of Krishna
is surrounded by beautiful celestial maidens who stand with their hands folded,
in awe of the greatness of the beloved of the gopis, Gandharvas (heavenly
beings) and Garuda (Vishnu’s mount) and Lord Hanuman- the statue reminding us
of the heavenly abode of Krishna “Goloka”, from where he looks after the
element of this stone Krishna sculpture takes us to some pleasing episode from
his life, which instantly sparks loving devotion in us. The Kadamba tree which
forms a canopy for Sri Krishna is famous for providing Krishna with its shade
when the great lord played his flute for the residents of Vrindavana. The cow
that stands behind “Gopala”- the protector of cows and cowherds, licking his
foot, an act that suggests the animal’s fondness towards Krishna, hints at his
deep love for the folks of Vrindavana.
On the panel
in front of the platform on which Krishna stands, the central image, framed by
a beautiful arch is the representation of Krishna dancing on the hood of the
serpent Kaaliya, while the other portions depict him playing his flute. The
lowermost portion shows cows in different positions, some of them with their
calf- a heartwarming picture of maternal affection, not much different from the
love Krishna has for his children, all of us.
has been put into even the decorations of this stone Sri Krishna sculpture.
Peacocks (symbols of beauty and royalty) sit on the top of the image as well as
the Kadamba tree. Lotus petals and floral vines are used in the aureole that
surrounds Sri Krishna, which is also ornamented by “Gaja-Yali”- a composite
mythical animal (usually a lion and an elephant or Gaja).
center of these awe-inspiring iconographical features in this stone image, is
the divine Sri Krishna- smiling inwardly, his face delineated with such
intricacy that one can easily forget that we are looking at an idol. Amidst all
that is mesmerizing in the Universe, Sri Hari, Krishna with his enchanting
presence takes away our breath as well as our troubles.
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