Handcrafted in brass, this is a statue of Lord Krishna subduing the five-hooded snake Kaliya who had come to reside in the waters of the river Yamuna, thereby poisoning it.
As per hindu mythology, Kaaliya, a terror to the residents and cattle of Vrindavana, a village on the banks of Yamuna in North India, a time when Lord Vishnu had incarnated on earth as Krishna and was residing in Vrindavana as the child of Yashoda and Nanda.
Once, while playing with friends Krishna jumped in Yamuna on a pretext but really for the purpose of ridding Yamuna’s waters of Kaliya.
Kaliya was enraged at Krishna’s daring and attacked him with full force but Krishna subdued Kaliya and compelled him to rise to the surface of Yamuna. When Kaliya was unable to crush Krishna with the grip of his coils, he attempted to bite him but instead each time Krishna would mount and dance on it hurting Kaliya with his dance-steps, hence called Kaliya Nartana of Krishna.
Finally when Kaliya understood that he could not bear this anymore and realized that Krishna was none other than the supreme Vishnu, he humbly begged for forgiveness. Krishna forgave him on the condition that he would leave Yamuna and reside in the ocean.
This very finely carved bronze sculpture depicts the moment when a tired Kaliya requested Krishna’s mercy and Krishna granted such by raising his right hand in Abhaya Mudra (assurance or granting fearlessness). He is seen holding Kaliya’s tail with his left hand. His left foot is placed on the snake’s central hood and the right one arrested halfway in response to snake’s desperate request.
Measures: Height 26 cm x Width 12 cm .
Oval base measures 10 cm x 8 cm
Weight: 1.20 Kilograms