Nandalal Bose mural at Vadodara Palace.
The muraldepicts the life of bhakti saint Mirabai, Lord Krishna’s legendary devotee and a mystic poet. Born in 1498 in Rajasthan, she wrote about 1,300 passionate devotional prayers dedicated to Krishna during her lifetime.
In the first frame Mira is seen in full Marwari dress, deep in meditation [top]. In the second frame she gazes beyond a lake, her mind elsewhere. She is next shown leaving her home dressed in a white sari and with an ektari in her hand, in the company of other devotees [middle image]. The last frame has her at the Dwarkadheesh Temple where according to legend she dissolved and merged with the idol of Krishna inside [above].
Photos and text by Rama Arya