Here too, eight graceful gopis, clad in their tightly stretched cholis, look
on lovingly as Radha and Krishna stand cosy in an affectionate embrace,
Radha even having been given the privilege of co-holding his flute. The golden halo surmounts both Krishna and Radha, symbolizing that this union
has divine sanction.
The gopis each hold a different auspicious object in their hands. While the
one seated on the left joyfully beats a drum, the one standing just behind
her gracefully plucks the strings of a veena. Another one her holds a puja
(ritual) thali, containing a miniature replica of a temple, while the lady
nearest to Krishna holds a bowl of milk.
At the right, the lady seated soulfully plays the sitar, and the one
standing next to her holds a kalash or sacred pot, so necessary in any Hindu
ritual. The next gopi a holds full blown lotus and the last one has gathered
in her hands a garland of fresh flowers. Charmingly, these objects have both
sensuous and sacred connotations, thus setting the mood for the entire
painting which is similarly enhanced by the dark and cloudy heavens, with
streaks of the setting sun peeping from behind the clouds, wherever the
lightning manages to rip them apart.
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