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Bala Krishna | by martien van asseldonk
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Bala Krishna

2008-10-04 Mural in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Krishna is recognized as an incarnation of the god Vishnu. The word Khrisna means of "black", or "dark-blue". Krishna is generally shown with a blue skin. Krishna is also worshipped as a small child Bala Krishna (the child Krishna), crawling on his hands. The stories of Krishna's childhood and youth tell of his mischievous pranks as a butter thief. Other stories tells of Krishna's adventures among the cow herds. In one tale, he attracts the village milkmaids to the forest with his enchanting flute music. In the picture Bala Khrishna drinks milk directly from the cow, and the cow is pleasing Bala Krishna, like it would lick its calve. I don't think the painter had sexual intentions with this work - inspired by the Kama Sutra or otherwise. This is a public painting in an ordinary street, close to a temple and a school.

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Taken on October 4, 2008