Saturday, April 15, 2017

PAINTINGS IN MATHURA , VRINDAVAN , BARSANA AND NANDGAAON TEMPLES ...


                                                                           
                                       ( Holi Scene painted in Radha Rani Temple Barsana )
                                ( Matsya Avtara Painted in Radha Rani Temple Barsana )
                                                                   
                                         (  Below .. 5 Wall Painting in ISKON Temple Vrindavan )
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                                     (  Below .. 5  Beautiful  Painting in Ashta sakhi Temple Mathura  )
                                                                                    
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PAINTINGS IN MATHURA , VRINDAVAN , BARSANA AND NANDGAAON TEMPLES ...

Mathura ( The heartland of Brij Bhoomi ) is the city where Lord Krishna was born . Here only did lord Krishna set people free from a  cruel , haughty and  despotic ruler  Kansa. Mathura and adjoining areas have been  Lord Krishna’s karm-bhoomi. It has also been   the  cultural capital  of great conqueror Kanishka. 

Mathura is about 145 kms from Delhi .

Mathura has been a distinct School of Sculpture ( Since ancient times ) and Miniature Art ( Medieval Period) In India . Almost all the Miniature  paintings of Mathura school revolve  to Life of Sri Krishna . The  Temples of Mathura are a store house of some rarest sculptures and miniature wall paintings .

Mathura Art has flourished during the rule of Kushan  Kings ( 1st century to 3rd century  A D ). It developed in tandem with Gandhra school of Art .Though Gandhra school has Indian themes yet the Greco -Roman influence is clearly visible in its form and style. However Mathura school appears to be totally indigenous  but the  influence of Gandhara Art is  also visible   in its sculpture work especially those  relating to Gautam Buddha done in reddish limestone.

I saw so many paintings in temples that had subjects like  Brij Ki Holi , Raas , Maha raas , Radha Ji In Waiting , Radha ji with Gopis , Sri Krishna with Gopas  and friends , Sri Krishna Baal leela and Birth of sri Krishna .Our Classical, semi classical & light music is full of  Krishna Leela and  Raas leela episodes and Sri Krishna’s  Bal Leela escapades in Nandgaon with Mata  Yashoda and  his childhood friends.

The new “ Prem Mandir “ of Vrindavan built with white Marble (Italian ) is again an amazing work of Architecture that attracts thousands of visitors (Both domestic and Foreign ) every day. It has some massive Murals , Sculptures and wall paintings depicting Life of Sri Krishna and Radha . I could count something around 94 heavily carved white marble pillars inside this Temple complex .Built in 2011, verses from “Radha Govind” are beautifully written on its walls .                                                                                               
                      ( Below.. Prem Mandir Vrindavan .. 3 photos  same day  in changing colours  )
       
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                                     ( Below ..2 Fully carved pillars inside Prem Mandir Vrindavun )                    
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                                (  Below .. 3 Wall   Painting in Prem Mandir Temple Vrindavan  )  

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           ( Above.. Night time view of  massive kalia Mardan created in  PremMandir Vrindavan )
                                                                                  

  ( Above.. Night time view of  massive Goverdhana Hill  created in  PremMandir Vrindavan )
                                                                  

At Vrindavan, I saw something unique . I saw how beautifully some artist had used Glass pieces on cloth to depict scenes like Celebration of Holi In Barsana or Radha waiting for Krishna .

Apart from Art , Mathura has also contributed to the enrichment of  Indian Classical Music . Mathura Gharana ( Dhrupada )  is the oldest   classical style of singing  in   Bhakti /Vaishnava  Sangeet .



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