Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan, from a History of the Lord (Bhagavata Purana) manuscript

To provide shelter from a ferocious storm for his beloved female cowherds (gopis) and others, Krishna lifts Mount Govardhan with a single finger. The storm was unleashed by Indra, the god of storms, who sits on his elephant amid the clouds at the upper right. Krishna’s response illustrates his supremacy over Indra.

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