Photographer's Note

These are the hands of my little niece who was dressed as a Gopi for Janmashtmi, Lord Krishna's birthday. However she came and told me "I am dressed as a POGI", hence the title. I had a picture of her in the traditional attire but felt it might be unsuitable here I decided to show traditionally adorned her hands where she is apparently showing her make believe henna, traditional bangles and flowers.

Lord Krishna was born in the DuaparYug which came just before the Kal Yug and Janamasthami, his birthday falls on the Ashtami Paksh or the 8th day of the new moon fortnight in the month of Bhadra some time in July or August.

Enactment of significant scenes from Lord Krishna's life are the intrinsic part of Janmasthami celebrations. While there are a lot of stories around this flute wielding, butter-thief; there is a whole philosophy around his mystic love games with the Gopis or the milkmaids.Infact his favorite among them, Radha is the one whose idol is placed besides his temples as opposed to any of his wives and the Krishna - Radha love story is the story of eternal mystic love.

It was for one such celebration at her play school that this little gopi (“POGI”) was dressed.

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