Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gajendra Moksha

Mid 18th century.
Depicts Lord Vishnu rescuing the king of the elephants, Gajendra, from a crocodile. In his previous life, Gajendra had been a great king who failed to greet a visiting sage with respect. The sage cursed him to be reborn as an elephant because he sat heavily on his throne rather than rising to honour the sage. 
Garuda, the vehicle of Shri Vishnu, flies overhead.

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