PICHWAI PAINTING FROM RAJASTHAN.
Pichwai is one of the most traditional and easily recognizable art forms in India. The word comes from the combination of ‘pich’, meaning back, and ‘vai’, which means textile hanging. Pichvai works are created on tapestries and were originally made to adorn the walls of the shrine of Shrinathji in Nathdwara, located in the state of Rajasthan. Shrinathji is an incarnation of Lord Krishna and these paintings depict many tales from his life. In this particular work, he is shown holding up Mount Govardhan, saving the inhabitants of Braj from torrential rain and floods. Indra, the god of thunder and ruler of heaven, who had sent the rain is also shown bowing down to Krishna in humility. Pichvai paintings are a collective effort and always made by a group of people.