Krishna's pastime was to play at the banks of the River Yamuna. He
understood that the waters were being polluted with the poison of the black
serpent Kaliya. Krishna took him to task, and soon a terrible fight ensued
between the two. As we see in this sculpture, Krishna, having crushed the
serpent is dancing on its several hoods. Having both ends of the reptile
under his control, he looks joyful.
Seeing the plight of their husband, the nagapatnis prayed to Lord Krishna
to forgive him and spare his life. The nagapatnis on either side of the
central image have female anatomy above the torso. They are elaborately
bejeweled and pray to Krishna with head bent and hands folded. The jewellery
of Krishna is intricately carved with attention paid to each minute detail.
Chiselling is done in high relief and there is refinement in each form. It
is highly polished giving it a brilliant gloss.
This description by Renu Rana.
Of Related Interest:
The Dance of Victory
Dancing over Kaliya
Playing with Krishna - God as Child in Art
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