Sunday, March 26, 2017

Image: Lakshmi and Saraswati

Lakshmi and Saraswati
circa 1910
(Ravi Varma Press)

Wikipedia has more information
about Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity,
and Saraswati, goddess of wisdom.

Lakshmi with the two elephants is sometimes called Gajalakshmi.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Image: Krishna and Balarama

Krishna and Balarama
lithograph, circa 1895
(Wikimedia: British Museum)

From the image page: Krishna and Balarama are seated in a chariot driven by Akrura. They are leaving their home of Brindaban and travelling to Mathura to fight Krishna's uncle Kamsa. The gopis crowd around the chariot, clutching at the wheels, attempting to halt their departure.


Image: Draupadi and Sudeshna

Draupadi (as Sairandhri) and Queen Sudeshna
Ravi Varma lithograph, 1910

During the Pandavas' time spent in King Virata's court, Draupadi, using the name Sairandhri, serves Queen Sudeshna as her handmaiden; Sudeshna's brother is the infamous Kichaka, and she is the mother of Uttar and Uttara (who will later marry Arjuna's son Abhimanyu).