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Krishna as Thief of Women's ClothesDurable Link to this BLOG
Gopika Vastraharan in Indian Art

The Bhagavata Purana has an episode of how mischievous Krishna hides away all the clothes of girls bathing in the river. The episode provides a lot of fodder for poets, artists and devotees and is an integral part of the Hindu experience.

Here is a collection of pictures culled from our collection that depict the episode of the girls begging Krishna to return their clothes.

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Krishna stealing the clothes of his female companions
Krishna stealing the clothes of his female companions
The Gopika-Vastraharana episode

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Gopika Vastrapaharana (The Stealing of Clothes)
Gopika Vastrapaharana (The Stealing of Clothes)
Painting shows Krishna climbing a tree with the clothes of bathing girls

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Naked Women asking Krishna for their Clothes
Naked Women asking Krishna for their Clothes
Krishna from Gunavante chariot

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Ladies Pleading for Clothes
Ladies Pleading for Clothes
Detail from a South Indian painting, Mysore

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Gopika Vastrapaharan
Gopika Vastrapaharan
Detail from a Mysore Traditional Painting, Mysore

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Gopika Vastraharana
Gopika Vastraharana
Detail from a painting by Shubharaya

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Gopika-Vastraharan
Gopika-Vastraharan
Detail from a miniature painting, Partakali Math, Goa

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Krishna Climbs a Tree after Stealing Women`s Clothes
Krishna Climbs a Tree after Stealing Women's Clothes
Gopika Vastraharan as depicted in a Gokarn temple sculpture

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The Clothes Thief
The Clothes Thief
Girls bathing in the river begging Krishna to return their clothes.

First Created: Friday, June 05, 2009
Last Updated: 6/28/2009 8:49:23 PM

 

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