When you think of Lord Krishna, his pranks and his immense love for his devotees come instantly to one’s mind. And like in the case of the idols of Lord Ganesha, artisans have created many variations in the idols of the dark lord. Coinciding with Krishna Janmashtami, Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar) has organised a 15-day exhibition titled ‘Krishna Darshan’ at its Anna Salai showroom.
When sunrays caress the face of Paniohala hills, the chiming of temple bells fill the air,monkeys chatter away busily on treetops and the fragrance of ripened plums from the plum groves float into your room through the window, you know you have woken up in the remote hamlet of Dhenkanal.
On the eastern coast of Odisha, about 1600 km from the country’s capital, Dhenkanal is a pretty hill station where the locals love to cool their heels off in the torrid summer months.
With two full moons, two Aadi Fridays, Krishna’s birthday and Vishnupati lined up, August holds a lot of celestial importance this year. The first full moon falls on August 1 and the second one will appear on August 31, making this once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence and a rare celestial activity.