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Nainsukh family workshop

The marriage of Vishnu and Lakshmi c. 1775 - c. 1790

38.5 x 30.5 cm (folio dimensions) | RCIN 925241

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  • Illustration to Book 8 of the Bhagavata Purana, Chapter 8, following of the churning of the ocean of milk by the Kurma avatar of Vishnu (see RCINs 1005113.e and 1005115.e:
    The gods and demons formed a rare alliance to churn the ocean and the items which emerged from it were divided between them. The most significant ‘boon’ was Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune and wealth. Her marriage to Vishnu is depicted inside the enclosed space: she places a garland around his neck while the rest of the gods and demi gods celebrate the union. The other gains depicted include Airavata, the white elephant; the Parijat, the flowering tree with blossoms that never fade or wilt; Uchaishravas, the divine seven-headed horse given to the demons; a pot of deadly poison which only Shiva can survive drinking; and Kamadhenu, the wish-granting divine cow.

    For this series see RCIN 925226.

  • Measurements

    38.5 x 30.5 cm (folio dimensions)

    31.5 x 23.5 cm (image)

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