This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu Goddess Radha.
Radha is almost always portrayed alongside Krishna. She is also known as Radhika or Radharani. It is believed that Radha and Krishna are incomplete without each other, and Radha is the companion and friend of Krishna, who represents his own divine power and the Shakti. Radha is considered to be higher than Rukmini (the wife of Krishna, and the incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi) and not the incarnation of Lakshmi (the consort of Vishnu) herself. Radha is known for her immense devotion towards Krishna, which reflects the longing of each devotee to be united with the supreme. It was through the power of her devotion that she was able to achieve the status of goddess and become worshiped by a large number of devotees.
Size: 27cm x 20cm
It is important to understand that these are not just images of Gods; they are Gods - Gods incarnate in their printed image. During puja (worship) the Gods are invited to descend into their images and are treated as guests. Offerings of fruit, flowers, and sweets are placed before these prints, prayers chanted to them, incense burned before them, and garlands of marigolds are hung around their frames.
This print has gone through many monsoons (with months of humidity), so it may have some staining and discoloration, along with some chips in the frame, that come with daily use and age. The print is mounted in its original frame and glass which is very rare to come across these days. The print has been left exactly how it was from its time of use. The glass might be marked and dusty but this all adds to it's beautiful and Holy life of being worshiped daily.
In the period following independence in 1947 in India, the religious print business in India grew dramatically in its scale and diversity. All the prints I import from India are from this era and are a lot more colorful and bold in comparison to the very early prints in the late 1800's.
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