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Paintings of Krishna and the gopis and a green bee-eater. c. 1650-1780

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Krishna-lila poetry, which celebrates the divine nature of the Hindu god’s game-playing was particularly popular at the Mughal court in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The lila (love-play) between Krishna and his devotees are metaphors for the reciprocal love and longing of man for God and God for man.