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Pradyumna and Mayavati Fly to Dvaraka, from the Large Basohli Bhagavata Purana

Pradyumna and Mayavati Fly to Dvaraka, from the Large Basohli Bhagavata Purana

c. 1760-1765

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Image: 28.1 x 38.5 cm (11 1/16 x 15 3/16 in.); Overall: 30.5 x 41.2 cm (12 x 16 1/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1971.93

Description

A goddess who can fly, Mayavati brings her lover Pradyumna to be reunited with his parents for the first time since he was an infant, when he was kidnapped by a demon who was her husband. Having just slain the demon, they can be together and return to the palace where he was born. Pradyumna is the son of Krishna, and also an incarnation of the god of love, Kama. Mayavati is an incarnation of Rati, the goddess of erotic love. Later, Pradyumna also marries his cousin Rukmavati.

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