Pralambasura then resumed his actual form-an effulgent body that was covered with golden ornaments and that resembled a cloud flashing with lightning and carrying the moon. When Lord Balarama saw the gigantic body of the demon as he moved swiftly in the sky-with his blazing eyes, fiery hair, terrible teeth reaching toward his scowling brows, and amazing effulgence generated by his armlets, crown and earrings-the Lord seemed to become a little frightened. Remembering the actual situation, the fearless Balarama understood that the demon was trying to kidnap Him and take Him away from His companions. The Lord then became furious and struck the demon’s head with His hard fist, just as Indra, the king of the demigods, strikes a mountain with his thunderbolt weapon. Thus smashed by Balarama’s fist, Pralamba’s head immediately cracked open. The demon vomited blood from his mouth and lost all consciousness, and then with a great noise he fell lifeless to the ground, like a mountain devastated by Indra.
“He had a thousand hands and wore matted locks. His head was adorned by the crested moon. He appeared like a bird with wings and beak. His body was fierce and fully developed.
His fangs were very sharp. Adamantine claws were His weapons. His neck was black in colour. He had huge arms and four legs. He was blazing like fire.
His voice was resonant and terrible like the rumbling sound of the clouds that gather at the end of the yuga. His three eyes were wide and blazing as the fire of the evil spirit of great fury.
His fangs and lips were clearly visible. He was producing a hissing sound of humkara. Shiva of such a form appeared in sight.”
“In Krishna and Radha in a Pavilion, the lovers sit naked on a bed beneath a jeweled pavilion in a lush garden of ripe mangoes and flowering shrubs. Krishna gently touches Radha’s breast while gazing directly into her face. Radha shyly averts her gaze. It is night, the time of illicit trysts, and the dark monsoon sky momentarily lights up with a lightning flash indicating the moment’s electric passion. Lightning is a standard symbol used in Rajput and Pahari miniatures to symbolize passion”
Krishna’s Victory Over Aghasura
Early 18th century
Date: ca. 1610
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
The evil king Kamsa sent the demoness Putana to kill the infant Krishna. Disguised as a wet nurse, she attempted to poison the god with her milk. Krishna, however, drained her breast and took away her very life breath. Here, we see him clutching the breast of the slain Putana while Yashoda, Rohini, and her baby Balarama run to help.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Drink the sweet water in the pure Kaliya lake, fragrant with kadamba filaments and purple with jewels fallen from the serpent’s hoods when Shri Hari showed His prowess by joyfully dancing upon it again and again. Shri Hari was in the water, the Gopis, their hearts overwhelmed and their steps faltering as they anxiously ran on the Yamuna’s path muddied with waves of tears flowing from their eyes, attained a state that cannot be described.
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Listen to the reed flute, its song of separation. ~Rumi
Morakutti Krishna Lila
Lord Krishna with Gopis
art by Kailash Raj
India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler
Krishna Quelling the Serpent King Kaliya, circa 1775-1800
Krishna Disguised as a Gopi Teasing Radha.