Manorath of Shrinathji on the Occasion of Dussehra
by Ghasiram Hardev Sharma (1868-1930)
Opaque watercolour, gold and silver on paper
17.75 x 12.75 in. (45.1 x 32.4 cm.)
A manorath is performed to fulfil a long cherished desire and an innermost yearning to perform seva to the deity. A Goswami would adorn Shrinathji and make decorations by displaying suitable pichwais, flower arrangements and many other aesthetic elements. Special food delicacies are also prepared for a manorath. A manorath on the occasion of Dussehra is considered to be very auspicious.
The Dussehra festival celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over the demon king Ravana. To commemorate this victory, a sword & shield was placed in front of Shrinathji who is adorned with jewels. A toran at the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum highlights the auspicious occasion. Govardhanlalji is shown offering an aarti on behalf of devotees.