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Leave my dress alone, Dear love, No wealth of passion Is hidden by its knot. Only today I heard Of passionate joy And do not know as yet What joy it means. Wherever I can I shall search and search. I shall ask my friends If I have it in my home. For once, O Madhava, Listen to my words: Aided by friends, I shall look for this joy And when I find it, bring it to you -------Vidyapati (circa 14th century)
Krishna here wants to introduce Radha to the joys of erotic love. But Radha is reluctant, though only playfully so. Her left hand is occupied with the pitcher of water she holds trucked under her, but the right still manages to deprive Krishna of his flute. Krishna impatient, and as if intoxicated with love, makes it clear that he will not take no for an answer and will definitely make love to her.
Such an episode is the first step in the intense love-making sessions Radha and Krishna indulge in. The heroine not wanting to yield easily makes a feeble protest even though her eyes and indeed her complete body stance betray the intense passion inflaming her body. Verily thus the artist has adorned her in a red sari, red being the color of passion. Often such 'beginnings' would culminate in no-holds barred rapturous moments of love. The same poet elaborates on such a happening:
In joyous words he spoke Of the beauty of my face. Thrilled, my body Glowed and glowed. My eyes that watched love spring Were wet with joy. In dream tonight I met the king of honey... He seized the end of my dress, The strings broke loose With all the weight of love. My hands leapt to my breasts But the petals of lotus could not hide The mountains of gold. ('Mountains of gold' being the breasts, and 'petals of lotus,' being her hands)
This scroll painting has made in Orissa on pure Tussar silk.
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Stealthily Krishna Attempts to Relieve Radha of her Lower Garment(Pahari School) (Miniature Painting)