TA0050 | Krishna Reveals His Two-Armed Form To Arjuna (1979)
This painting by Ramadasa Abhirama dasa shows the moment Krishna reveals his divine form to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. It is often printed in editions of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is by Srila Prabhupada.
I had never paid much attention to the background because Krishna and Arjuna, as well as the towering form of Vishnu seemed to dominate the painting. As a child I was also intrigued by how the chariot underneath Them looked so much like gold. It seemed like magic that anyone could paint it so beautifully.
But as I zoomed in to the image in Photoshop, I started to finally notice all of the faces in the cloudy background. Not all faces are happy either. Some seem to be languishing in misery. I can’t help examine every curve and shadow of the clouds, looking for even more faces.
There’s a striking contrast here between the solid, immobile chariot in the foreground, and the streaming, boiling clouds in the background. And layered between these are the two personalities, ready for battle but lost in a deeply spiritual conversation. Arjuna is pleading with Krishna, and Krishna is calmly explaining the whole universe and everything in existence to His friend as if a huge army wasn’t standing by, ready to fight.
This image has been remastered and is available as a variety of print size. Temples can special order large-format prints of this painting on canvas or poster stock. For any special requests, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the catalog number (This is the number that starts TA…).
This painting is printed (plate 121) in the display book, Krishna Art, in a slightly cropped size.