Eid Mubarak everyone. .
"Krishna and his family admire a solar eclipse "
As I was wishing and getting wished on this lovely festival amidst all the corona chaos, I came across a miniature pahari painting of "Krishna and Balarama, looking at Eid ka Chaand" which a few friends shared (and I did share it with a few, last year) .
As I secretly wished that it was Krishna looking at #eidkachand and looked for more such paintings, their history and the source, some lead me to an artist, Ruknuddin from bikaner. But further reading lead me to an article by Kavita Singh, dean of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the other, to the original painting at the Smithsonian's collection of Asian Art curated by Debra Diamond at their National Museum of Asian Art. .
After the scroll article was published, the curator of the #smithsonian released this painting in the public domain from a private collection.
Reading these two sources for me reveal the story of the painting that it depicts the first few verses of the Bhagavata Purana canto 10
"(1) Śrī Śuka said: ‘When Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa lived in Dvārakā, there was one day [*] an eclipse of the sun as great as the one at the end of the kalpa [a day of Brahmā]. (2) The people knowing that beforehand, oh King, came from everywhere to the field of Samanta-pañcaka [’the five lakes’ at Kurukṣetra] in the hope that that would work in their favor… a great number of people of Bhārata came there on a holy pilgrimage. Vṛṣṇis like Gada, Pradyumna and others as also [the elders] Akrūra, Vasudeva and Āhuka [Ugrasena] who all wanted to eradicate their sins, went to that holy place... They also saw their dear friends, the gopas and gopīs headed by Nanda who had been aching [to see them] for so long. "
Courtesy of Text and images- Scroll Article of Kavita Singh; Smithsonian Asian Art Website and the Bhagavata Purana.
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