Today we are going to see one more from the innumerable antics of Baby Krishna superbly portrayed in miniature in Tirumalpuram. The episode is one more chapter of the colorful life led by Baby krishna and the vain attempts by Kamsa to get rid of him. He sends the powerful demon Baksura in the guise of a Heron.
Before we step in closer to view the sculpture, lets read the story behind it.
Once the shepherds of Ayarpadi, the abode of Krishna, led their cows to drink water from the Yamuna. After quenching their thirst they let them graze for a while as they rested on the banks. At that moment a monstrous Heron, the size of a small hill, with sharp talons and beak charged at them. The moment they looked at it, they knew that is was a demon, but he quickly picked up Baby Krishna and gulped him down his throat. The inhabitants were filled with dread on seeing this.
However, Krisha emanated so much heat inside the throat of Bakasura that he could not hold him inside. He spat him out and the next instant set himself to peck and claw the Child to death. Krishna caught his two massive beaks and as though they were a mere blade of grass, or how a child would split a blade of grass for sport, he split the two fronds of his beak apart. The demon was thus slain !
Now take a look at this scene
The sculptor has beautifully shown a baby Krishna tearing the beak of the Heron demon Bakasura.
That he could do so in such a miniature scale is amazing and to see the story boards stay and tell their tale for a 1000 years is incredible.
Compare with today!
( photo courtesy: http://www.annecy.org/annecy-2011/festival:en/official-selection)
The post should have ended with that, but then sometime back Kathie , knowing our infatuation with Ganas, had sent us some amazing panels - of Ganas sporting with Cranes. The vibrant humour that is sculpted in these are truly stunning.