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Lot 28

A large painting of Shrinathji lifting Mount Govardhana, Nathadwara, India, early 20th century,...

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Lot 28

A large painting of Shrinathji lifting Mount Govardhana, Nathadwara, India, early 20th century,...

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Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

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Lot 28


A large painting of Shrinathji lifting Mount Govardhana, Nathadwara, India, early 20th century, gouache on paper, 87.2cm. x 157cm.


The Shrinathji idol is the principal deity of the Nathadwara haveli, always shown with his left arm raised above his head lifting Mount Govardhana, while his other hand rests on his waist. The belief is that the image was taken out of Mount Govardhana in 1479 when Vallabhacharya was born. In 1493, he arrived at Govardhana with two disciples and decided to construct a temple but due to attacks, destruction and looting by different armies, the image travelled through many regions for number of years.


Finally, Raja Raja Singh of Mewar announced he would offer shelter to the idol, but the chariot of Shrinathji got stuck at Sinhad near Udaipur. Taking this as a sign from Shrinathji to stay here, they decided to not to proceed further and Sinhad became the final dwelling of Shrinathji.

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