|Gau Krishna Tribhangi – ‘Gau’ in Hindi means a cow, a pious animal according to Hinduism considered equivalent to a mother. Krishna is a Hindu deity. He is one of the incarnations of Vedic Supreme God Vishnu or Narayan. He is the son of Devaki (Mother) and Vasudeva (Father). He was brought up by foster parents Nanda and Yasoda. Nanda was the head of the community of cow herders and as Krishna reached his young age he too became one. His flute playing attracted cows in herds and gopis (milkmaids). Lord Krishna has many names that highlight his attributes. Common ones are – Gopala – Protector of cows, Govinda – finder of cows. In this statue he is seen in his signature pose, relaxing and playing the flute. In this form, he usually stands with one leg bent in front of the other and raises a flute to his lips, known as Tribhangi Mudra. Tribhangi means having three curves, and a ‘Gau’ is also shown behind him attracted to his flute playing, hence the name of this brass sculpture is Gau Krishna Tribhangi.|
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