Krishna - Arjunas charioteer in the battle-field of Kurukshetra
Type of spiritual experience
Paintings of Krishna contain a wealth of symbolic meaning. Although they depict a part of a myth or story they are intended to be used to teach symbolism. We have extracted some of the main symbols in this picture so that they can be looked up and decoded.
The blue skin of Krishna also has a symbolic meaning.
A description of the experience
The scene on the battlefield of the epic Mahabharata, notably where he addresses Pandava prince Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, is another common subject for representation. In these popular depictions, he is shown as Arjunas charioteer in the battle-field of Kurukshetra. In his Vishvaroopa Darshana (Universal form) to Arjuna, Lord Krishna assumes his real form - the form of the supreme God, which is characteristic of Hindu religious art, such as multiple arms or heads along with attributes of Vishnu, such as the chakra. Cave paintings dated to 800 BCE in Mirzapur, Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh, show horse-charioteers, one of whom is about to hurl a wheel, and who could potentially be identified as Krishna.