Navneethakrishna

Here Krishna is standing on coiled body of the five-hooded cobra. Krishna’s knees are slightly bent, showing agility. Krishna is identified by the butter balls in his hands. In this form he is called Navneetha Krishna.

The coiled serpent is supported by a Bhadrapeetha.

Krishna’s plumpness, this case the ample pot-belly included, is attributed to his liking for butter. It is customary to offer butter to Krishna during ritual prayers. The concept of aesthetics seem to change over a period of time, even when it comes to deities. Modern Vigrahas of Krishna tend not to have such prominent belly.

Here Krishna is naked except for ornaments. It is not unusual to see Krishna in childhood forms with an adultlike face.

The features are worn, especially the face, adding to the warm glow and presence.

Navneetha  Krishna is rarer among Krishna’s form. This Vigraha is about 7 cm in height and the patina is deep. This probably dates to 18th century. The material, thin casting and the Peetha suggest this Vigraha is from Tamil Nadu.

Below is a comparison with a Vigraha in worship (our right) in Kukke Subramanya Matha.

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