Celebrating Little Krishna – A Pichwai Tradition
Long before he could recite book-length treatises on war, Krishna could move mountains. In one of the well-known myths that surround his legend, a seven-year-old Krishna had turned the floor of Mount Govardhan (close to Vrindavan) into a roof, to protect the locals from relentless rain and thunder. Known as Shrinathji, this avatar’s spiritual home is in Nathdwara today, close to Udaipur. While devotees throng the temple town for darshan eight times a day, it requires mob control during festivals such as Janmashtami, Sharad Purnima and Holi. Along with blessings, the disciples tend to leave with another special souvenir: a Pichwai painting.