Manorath on the day of Maghsarsudi Purnima with Damodarlalji
by Nathalal Jaikrishnadas
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)
An auspicious day in the calendar of the Vallabha sampradaya is Maghsarsudi Purnima. Here, an entire family belonging to the Bhatia community from the erstwhile Bombay state which today comprises of Gujarat and Maharashtra, is shown performing a manorath. The family is segregated by gender and includes different generations. Shrinathji is adorned with his ceremonial kachchani and crown. The pichwai depicts large cows in gold brocade or embroidery on a black background.
This painting was painted by Nathalal Jaykrishnadas, a direct descendent of master artist, Pitha, who settled in Nathdwara in 1705.