Worship of Lord Jagannatha in His Temple at Puri


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252

This painting depicts a major religious festival celebrating Krishna as Lord of the Universe (Jagannatha) at his temple in Puri, in Odisha (Orissa), eastern India. In the central image one of the kings of the Kathmandu Valley worships Krishna, who is accompanied by his sister Sudhadra and half-brother Balabhadra (Balarama). The divine triad are represented in a uniquely Odishan style that signals this imagery’s localized tribal origins. A spectacularly large composition, the painting is a rare pictorial record of Nepalese royal patronage alluding to pilgrimage to the Jagannatha temple in Odisha. Only two Nepalese works depicting this subject are known. The other, dated 1670, incorporates an inscribed portrait of the Bhaktapur king Jagatprakasa-malla (r. 1643–72).

Worship of Lord Jagannatha in His Temple at Puri, Opaque pigments on cotton, Nepal

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