Krishna Watches the Milkmaids Circumambulating a Sacred Tree: the Month of Jyestha (May–June), from a Baramasa (The Twelve Months)

Krishna Watches the Milkmaids Circumambulating a Sacred Tree: the Month of Jyestha (May–June), from a Baramasa (The Twelve Months)

c. 1760

Gum tempera on paper

Page: 29.2 x 21 cm (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.163

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The birds and monkeys sitting around the tree are depicted in pairs, like loving couples.

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On the day of Jyestha Purnima, having fasted for three days, married women worship the banyan tree by circumambulating it. The goal of this ritual is to ask for a long life for their husbands. The milkmaids (gopis), having already accepted Krishna as their supreme master, are praying for his well-being, while he observed the ritual from behind the plantains.

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