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THE ROAD TO KRISHNA Illustration to the story of Krishna and Sudama, an episode in the Bhagavata Purana Garhwal, c. 1785. Victoria and Albert Museum
THE ROAD TO KRISHNA


Sudama, the pious Brahman, whose wife has urged him to visit Krishna is here shown journeying to Dwarka, the golden city. His tattered clothes bespeak his plight while his wife's small offering, knotted in a cloth, dangles at his shoulder. In the top left-hand corner is the golden city while the sea, filled with fabulous monsters, races above the hills. Sighting for the first time Krishna's palace, Sudama lifts his hands in reverent joy.
With its swaying branches, swirling water and rounded hills, the picture has the supreme delicacy and linear music which characterised the Garhwal master's final phase.