Govardhanlalji venerating the infant Krishna

Govardhanlalji venerating the infant Krishna as He is nursed by foster mother Yashoda

Attributed to Ghasiram Hardev Sharma (1868-1930)
circa 1890

Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
22.25 x 16.25 in. (56.5 x 41.3 cm.)

Tilkayat Govardhanlalji visualized Navneetpriyaji as a child Krishna and not a mere image of Krishna. The bond of Yashoda and Krishna epitomizes the mother-son love in Hindu mythology. Govardhanlalji had enormous veneration for this bond.

This painting attributed to Ghasiram depicts Yashoda nursing the infant Krishna. Govardhanlalji is shown holding rattles in his hands as he is seated alongwith another Gossainji. Toys of elephants and horses are placed on the carpet. A similar painting is on display at Nathdwara in Navneetpriyaji’s temple.